About UNCTAD statistics

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. Most of the time series cover long periods, with some dating back to 1948, for almost all economies of the world. This allows making an analysis of emerging and most urgent issues within a framework of long-lasting tendencies and wide geographical scope. In case of missing data or break in series, UNCTAD applies its expertise and methodology to make estimates. Such continuity together with accurateness and timeliness are the pillars of statistics that UNCTAD always pursue.

UNCTAD’s statistical work is in conformity with the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities, to which formulation and reinforcement UNCTAD has significantly contributed.

UNCTAD produces more than 150 indicators and statistical time series essential for the analysis of:


  • International trade
  • Economic trends
  • Foreign direct investment
  • External financial resources
  • Population and labor force
  • Commodities
  • Information economy
  • Maritime transport



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