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.


In focus

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Economic Development in Africa Report 2017: "Tourism for transformative and inclusive growth."

Tourism is a dynamic and fast growing sector in Africa; it boasted virtually uninterrupted growth from 1995 to 2014. It has become a key contributor to the continent's GDP and generates more than 21 million jobs. And importantly, intra-African tourism is rising. Data on intra-African and intra-regional tourism have been specifically compiled for the 2017 Economic development in Africa Report.



Statistics and SDGs

The UNCTAD Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures 2016 is dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the United Nations in September 2015 (2030 Agenda Declaration).

UNCTAD is responsible for dealing with economic and sustainable development issues with a focus on trade, finance, investment and technology. Through these actions, UNCTAD contributes to progress on 52 specific Sustainable Development Goal targets, grouped under 10 of the 17 SDGs.

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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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UNCTADStat Country profiles 
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Latest key facts



50th edition of the UNCTAD statistics handbook - 6 December 2017

​UNCTAD Deputy Secretary General, Isabelle Durant officially launched the 50th edition of the UNCTAD Statistics Handbook at a press conference.

08 December 2017

Trade and Development in Numbers: Handbook offers crucial economic data for global decision-makers
UNCTAD has launched its annual Handbook of Statistics in a new, user-friendly format to celebrate its fiftieth year of publication. The 2017 edition has been overhauled entirely to make it shorter and easier to read, and features a wealth of maps, charts, and infographics.

05 December 2017

World Toilet Day

​Toilets save lives because human waste spreads killer diseases. However, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

19 November 2017

Course on Trade in Services Statistics with emphasis on Africa, organized by WTO in Geneva

28 statisticians from developing economies benefited from the course on trade in services statistics organized by WTO; UNCTAD participated as a resource partner agency.

16 November 2017


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