|First ever World Statistics Day celebrated in over 100 countries on 20 October 2010|
|News & Media|
|Monday, 18 October 2010 12:51|
Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development, including our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Through resolution A/64/267, the General Assembly formally acknowledged the indispensability of reliable, timely statistics for making informed policy decisions and monitoring the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. Official statistics are data produced and disseminated by national statistics offices, other statistical units within governments and by many United Nations, international and regional statistical divisions.
“Statistics are a vital tool for economic and social development, including our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. For development to succeed, we need data collection and statistical analysis of poverty levels, access to education and the incidence of disease,” states Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his Message on World Statistics Day.
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang stresses that there is much to celebrate after more than 60 years of work on official statistics at the United Nations: “That official statistics from countries around the globe are produced in a reliable, accurate, scientific and comparable manner is a great collective accomplishment. It is the result of the service, professionalism and integrity demonstrated on a daily basis by dedicated experts in the national statistical systems across the world.”
“The notion of a global professional statistical family, that transcends political, economic and cultural differences among countries, is perhaps the biggest achievement of all,” says UN Statistics Division Director Paul Cheung, in his own Message for the Day. “We, at the UN, are committed to assisting countries so that every citizen in the world can rely on a well-functioning system that regularly produces, analyses, and disseminates relevant and quality statistics — statistics that respond to users’ needs and concerns, statistics that can help us respond to new challenges and bring about policy changes,” he adds.
Key activities scheduled to mark World Statistics Day:
For the Message of the Secretary-General on World Statistics Day, along with other messages, please visit the WSD website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/
On 20-10-2010, UN Radio programmes marking the Day will be aired in:
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