Statistics is an inherent part of UNCTAD. Being the United Nations’ focal point for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development, UNCTAD compiles, validates and processes a wide range of data collected from national and international sources.


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DGFF 2016 - Goal 9.1: Resilient infrastructure

Transport infrastructure is integral to any national, regional and transborder infrastructural assets. Sustainable and resilient transport infrastructure entails, among other features, the ability to provide transportation that is safe, socially inclusive, accessible, reliable, affordable, fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, low-carbon, and resilient to shocks and disruptions, including those caused by climate change and natural disasters.



Statistics capacity building

UNCTAD assists national statistical agencies in developing and transition countries in their data collection and dissemination efforts. In cooperation with UN agencies, development banks and other international organisations, such as Eurostat. UNCTAD coordinates technical cooperation activities with donors and other organisations to avoid duplication of work and to encourage complementarity and synergy. For this purpose UNCTAD contributes to the Partner Report on Support to Statistics (PRESS) maintained by Paris21, which provides a snapshot of support to statistical capacity development worldwide and, thus, is a valuable tool for collaboration building among statistical international organisations.

  • UEMOA - International Trade in Services Statistics
  • E-learning Tool on international trade in services statistics


Inter-Agency initiatives

There are several common ongoing projects in the area of data quality improvement, statistics dissemination and communication, education:

  • Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
  • United Nations Statistical Commission
  • Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development
  • Inter-agency Task Force on International Trade Statistics (TFITS)
  • Inter-agency Task Force on Finance Statistics (TFFS)


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Explore UNCTAD statistics in our data centre, compare key indicators from countries all over the world in our Country Profiles and discover a selection of key facts in our infrographic library.

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Latest key facts



ECOWAS export meeting on the continental free trade area (CFTA), trade in goods and trade in services modalities, Accra, Ghana, 16-18 May, 2017

​Bojan Nastav, associate statistician at Statistics and Information at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), attended the ECOWAS experts meeting on Continental free trade agreement (CFTA) in Accra for session on trade in services, which took place on Tuesday, 16 May 2017.

26 May 2017

Statistical Capacity Building for Sustainable Development

​Steve MacFeely, Head of Statistics and Information at UNCTAD presented a paper at the 'Asia-Pacific Economics Statistics Week 2017' (UN ESCAP) on Monday May 22nd.

23 May 2017

In search of the Data Revolution
Steve MacFeely, Head of Statistics and Information at UNCTAD gave the keynote speech 'In search of the Data Revolution' at the 'Data Science for an Open Government Conference' held at the Porto Business School, Porto, Portugal on Friday 12th, May 2017.

18 May 2017


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