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DGFF 2016 - Target 17.5: Investment promotion for LDCs

In developing countries, especially in LDCs and other vulnerable economies, public finances are central to investment in the Sustainable Development Goals. However, they cannot meet all Sustainable Development Goal-implied resource demands. The role of private sector investment will be indispensable.



Statistical 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 Merchandise Trade Statistics (TF-IMTS) and the Inter-agency Common Data Set (CDS)
  • Interagency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TF-SITS)
  • Geneva- Hub of International Organizations


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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



UNCTAD marks World Statistics Day: 'Better Data, Better Lives'
Effective new policies that create jobs, improve wellbeing and drive social development will depend on reliable, timely and impartial statistics, the head of UNCTAD's statistics and information branch said in a statement marking World Statistics Day.

20 October 2016

International Day for South-South Cooperation

​The United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation is annually observed on September 12.

13 September 2016

Q&A with Steve MacFeely of UNCTAD
Steve MacFeely presented groundbreaking UNCTAD report, the first to show how progress toward attaining the SDGs can be measured.

20 July 2016


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