This page lists print and online statistical resources covering the world as a whole, and other nations individually.
The United Nations Charter established the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 1945 as one of the six main organs of the United Nations to advance sustainable development with respect to international economic, social, cultural, educational, health, and related matters. ECOSOC in turn established five regional commissions to promote the economic and social development of its member States, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation. Each of these commissions supports statistical work covering its member states. The five regional commissions are:
In addition, ECOSOC established the United Nations Statistical Commission to serve as the highest body of the global statistical system. The Statistical Commission oversees the work of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) which compiles and disseminates global data and statistical information on international trade, national accounts, energy, industry, environment and demographic and social statistics. See especially UCSD's UNData service which provides access to a variety of UN statistical databases through a single entry point. The Division also regularly publishes such useful sources of statistical information as the Statistical Yearbook and World Statistics Pocketbook.
Older editions of the Statistical Yearbook in print can be found at Main Library HA12.5 .U5.
Among other United Nations organs that provide access to statistical information, consider: