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World Statistics Day
20 October 2010
Room XXVI, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

Observance of the first-ever World Statistics Day is being organized with the support of partners including the Geneva authorities, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations, and the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

The main objectives of the event are to raise public awareness of official statistics and their values, stimulate dialogue between users and providers of statistics, and advocate visibility and support for statistical projects.

The conference, entitled "Measuring a Globalized World: the Geneva Contribution", will discuss the role of statistics in addressing the most urgent issues that shape today´s economic, social and environmental agenda. There will be practical statistical examples that facilitate policy formulation and research in finding solutions to the problems affecting the world today.

The sessions will be led by the chief statisticians of the co-organizers, high-level speakers and invited guests. Participants will have an opportunity to ask statistical practitioners recurrent questions about important statistical issues.

A brochure will be prepared, provisionally entitled "Geneva - Hub of International Statistics". The publication will publicize the wide range of statistical activities carried out by the international organizations in Geneva.

It will show why statistics are so important and what role they can play in providing a basis for the analysis of critical issues. It will also give a comprehensive inventory of the statistical resources available in Geneva.


I am pleased to announce that UNCTAD and its partners - the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) - are holding a conference on 20 October 2010 to celebrate World Statistics Day.


Geneva World Statistics Day will bring together representatives of the Permanent Missions to the United Nations, the Swiss authorities, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, selected non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, media, data users, economists and statisticians.

The intended audience is national and local policymakers, statistical agencies, experts and the general public. The member States of UNCTAD are urged to transmit information on World Statistics Day to the main stakeholders in their countries. It would in turn be appreciated if the names and titles of the participants could be communicated no later than 6 October 2010.


The meeting will take place at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXVI. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in the six official languages of the United Nations. Upon arrival, participants are requested, before entering the Palais des Nations, to collect their badges at the United Nations Security Service, Pregny Gate entrance, 14 Avenue de la Paix. The Security Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Because of the security measures in force, participants are strongly advised to arrive before 9.30 a.m. in order to complete entry procedures in good time and proceed to the meeting in the E Building (Bâtiment E) of the Palais. Participants are requested to carry a passport or similar national identity card with them. Taxis are not allowed to enter the grounds of the Palais des Nations, and visitors will therefore be dropped off at the entrance gates. Furthermore, luggage may not be brought into the buildings unless the Security Service gives special clearance.

Nominations and enquiries

Nominations and related communications concerning representation at the meeting should be sent to the UNCTAD secretariat, Intergovernmental Support Service, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10; fax: +41 22 917 0214; e mail. meetings@unctad.org.

All other enquiries should be addressed to Ms. Ekaterina Chernova, Development Statistics and Information Branch, Office No. E-10103, UNCTAD, Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, tel.: +41 22 917 5925, fax: +41 22 917 0048, e-mail. wsd@unctad.org; or Severine Genet, tel.: +41 22 917 2142, e-mail: wsd@unctad.org.

All necessary information and related statistical references can be accessed on the designated website, www.unctad.org/wsd, which will be launched shortly.


Supachai Panitchpakdi
Secretary-General of UNCTAD
1 September 2010


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