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Developing countries' statistical capacities

Chile, Malta, Norway, Rwanda, Slovakia and Switzerland are applying UNECE Guidance on Modernizing Statistical Legislation to revise their statistical laws. The guidance, endorsed by more than 65 countries, provides a stronger legal basis for statistics in support of informed decisions to improve lives. Moldova, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan have adopted new statistical legislation based on the UNECE Generic Law on Official Statistics.


Nearly half of UNECE member States are using the UNECE Generic Statistical Business Process Model to modernize their statistical production processes.


Strengthening statistical capacity for SDG monitoring: UNECE supports the Issue Based Coalition on Data and Monitoring for the SDGs to fill data gaps to monitor and report on the indicators for the SDGs, by improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the work of UN agencies in working with national governments for SDG monitoring.

Censuses are the keystone of national statistics – only with comprehensive knowledge of the number and distribution of people in a country, and the shares of children, youth, working-age people and older people, can effective policies be designed and monitored. Census Recommendations developed at UNECE call for countries to gather data on a core set of variables and provide detailed guidelines for definitions and classifications to ensure comparability across countries.