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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DGFF 2016 - Goal 17.1: Domestic resource mobilization

The ability of a State to mobilize its own resources and collect taxes to pay for essential services (education, health, social protection, security, and the like) is at the very heart of a properly functioning government. In order to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goal Agenda, developing countries will need to raise more revenues. While external sources will play their part, most of those revenues will be domestic.



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 
UNCTADStat Infographics 

Latest key facts



Trade in information and communications technology goods fell in 2015 as industry juggles shifts in demand
For the first time since 2009, the value of global imports of information and communications technology (ICT) goods declined in 2015 by 3.6 percent in current prices to just over $2 trillion.

22 febrero 2017

UNCTAD launches its 2016 Handbook of Statistics
The Handbook includes a wealth of data for analysis of international trade, investment, or development.

15 diciembre 2016

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 octubre 2016


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