United Nations Statistics Division

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), formerly the United Nations Statistical Office,[1] serves under the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) as the central mechanism within the Secretariat of the United Nations to supply the statistical needs and coordinating activities of the global statistical system. The Division is overseen by the United Nations Statistical Commission, established in 1947, as the apex entity of the global statistical system and highest decision making body for coordinating international statistical activities. It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world.

The Division compiles and disseminates global statistical information, develops standards and norms for statistical activities, and supports countries’ efforts to strengthen their national statistical systems.

The Division regularly publishes data updates, including the Statistical Yearbook and World Statistics Pocketbook, and books and reports on statistics and statistical methods. Many of the Division's databases are also available at its site (See below), as electronic publications and data files in the form of CD-ROMs, diskettes and magnetic tapes, or as printed publications. UNdata, a new internet-based data service for the global user community brings UN Statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.


Including acting directors:

Name Nationality Term
Stefan Schweinfest  Germany 1 July 2014 – present
Stefan Schweinfest (acting)  Germany April 2013 – 30 June 2014
Paul Cheung  Singapore 2004–2012
Willem de Vries (acting)  Netherlands 2002–2004
Hermann Habermann  United States 1994–2002
William Seltzer  United States 1986–1994
Yoshimasa Kurabayashi  Japan 1982–1986
Svein Nordbotten  Norway 1979–1982
Simon Goldberg  Canada 1972–1979
Patrick J. Loftus  United Kingdom 1962–1972
William R. Leonard  United States 1948–1962
Harry Campion  United Kingdom 1947



UNSD leads the Privacy-Enhancing Technologies Lab (PET Lab), which in turn drives TrustworthyAI together with ITU.[7]

See also


  1. "United Nations Glossary of Environment Statistics" (PDF). Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. "UNSD — Industrial Statistics". Unstats.un.org. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  3. "UNSD — Energy Statistics". Unstats.un.org. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  4. "Trade Statistics Branch". United Nations.
  5. "UNSD — Environment Statistics". Unstats.un.org. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  6. United Nations Statistics Division. "Home — SDG Indicators". Unstats.un.org. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  7. "What is the UN PET Lab and why is it important? // UNSC53 Side Event — UN-CEBD". unstats.un.org. Archived from the original on 2022-10-24. Retrieved 2022-10-24.
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