Inter-Agency Initiatives
  • Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)

Established in 2002, the Committee, comprised of international and supranational organizations, has a mandate for the provision of international official statistics. It enables: efficient functioning of the statistical system; common standards and platforms; development of methodologies; inter-institutional support; outreach; and advocacy for statistics.
In doing so, in 2005, CCSA endorsed the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities that define the functioning of the international statistical system.

Acknowledging the role of UNCTAD in establishment and strengthening of the world statistical framework, it was elected in 2009 to hold a CCSA co-chair mandate for 2 years that was further extended through 2013.

  • United Nations Statistical Commission

UNCTAD is represented in the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) and contributes to the development of the global statistical system and the definition of news standards. In 2007, UNSC endorsed the core list of indicators on information and communication technologies (ICT), which was developed by the Partnership on Measuring ICT for development.

  • Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development

This multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UNCTAD in 2004 aims to define a list of internationally comparable ICT indicators and methodology for their collection. Developing countries in particular benefit from this project being helped collecting ICT statistics through capacity-building and hands-on training for national statistical offices.

  • Inter-agency Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF-IMTS) and the Inter-agency Common Data Set (CDS)

TF-IMTS was created in 1992 to improve international cooperation in the collection, processing and dissemination of international merchandise trade statistics. Its work strives to facilitate reporting by merchandise trade statistics compilers on one hand and, on the other, to improve data quality, timeliness, coverage and consistency amongst various international data providers. The task force is convened by WTO, and consists of Eurostat, FAO, IMF, OECD, UNSD, UNCTAD and UN Regional Commissions.

The CDS is a joint effort by Eurostat, OECD, UNSD, UNCTAD and WTO to reconcile their time series on merchandise trade statistics, using international standards as a benchmark. It is updated once a year.
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  • Interagency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TF-SITS)

TF-SITS was established at the request of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and UNCTAD to the Statistical Commission in 1994. The objectives of the Task Force are to elaborate the statistical requirements of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The Task Force is convened by OECD, and consists of Eurostat, IMF, UNCTAD, UNSD, UNWTO and WTO.

The main focus of the Task Force is to develop and support the implementation of the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS). The Manual sets out a statistical framework for the collection and dissemination of Trade in Services data.

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  • Geneva- Hub of International Organizations

The concept of "Geneva - hub of international statistics" appeared only recently, while settings have been compiling for years. Geneva is an international competence and production centre of the statistical data covering a wide range of subjects. Holding thousands of conferences per year the city has established close relationship among statisticians, economists and analysts. With necessary infrastructure and competence at place Geneva has the capacity to bring around a table all stakeholders for initiation of new projects
The first one was a conference, entitled "Measuring a Globalized World: The Geneva Contribution", that the Geneva community of statisticians jointly organized on 20.10.2010 at the occasion of the first celebration of World Statistics Day.

There are other common ongoing projects in the area of data quality improvement, statistics dissemination and communication, education, etc.




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