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.

UNCTAD is committed to statistical excellence and making available high quality, independent statistics to inform research, debate and decision-making. The quality of the statistics compiled and disseminated by UNCTAD is supported by the UNCTAD Statistics Quality Assurance Framework.


In focus


Statistics and SDGs



The purpose of the SDG Pulse is to highlight recent trends in sustainable development and UNCTAD’s work to support the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.

Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures 2016

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).

DGFF2016 pdf
DGFF2016 website
Classic PDF version
Quick links: 2016 | 2012 | 2008 | 2004


Statistics capacity building

UNCTAD, in cooperation with other UN agencies, development banks and international organizations, assists national statistical organizations in developing countries with the collection, compilation and dissemination of their statistics. UNCTAD also pioneers and develops new statistical concepts and methodologies in cooperation with expert stakeholders and member states.

At all times, UNCTAD coordinates technical cooperation activities with donors and other organizations to avoid duplication of work and to encourage complementarity and synergies.


Featured publications


These bulletins are designed to provide regular (monthly, quarterly, annual) overview of the evolution for a selection of topics and indicators.

Other statistical publications

Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy: Trade tensions, implications for developing countries 2018
Key Statistics and Trends in International Trade: The Status of World Trade
Key statistics and trends in trade policy
Classic PDF version
Quick links: 2019 | 2018 | 2017
Key statistics and trends in international trade
Classic PDF version
Quick links: 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Inter-Agency initiatives

In cooperation with UN agencies and other partners organizations, UNCTAD works to coordinate a wide variety of capacity development initiatives, helping national statistical offices and systems to improve their data collection, and statistical production and dissemination, and also to develop the international statistical system.

How Covid-19 is changing the world:
a statistical perspective

The report is the product of cooperation between 36 international organizations, under the aegis of the Committee of the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA).

  1. Volume I
  2. Volume II

Gender and Trade

"Assessing the Impact of Trade Agreements on Gender Equality: Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement"

A new study by UNCTAD, UN Women, the European Union and ILO examines the impact of trade agreements on gender equality and women's economic empowerment.

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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.

UNCTADStat Data Center 
UNCTADStat Country profiles 
UNCTADStat Infographics 


Handbook of Statistics

The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics provides users with access to internationally comparable sets of data, in addition to facilitating the work of the UNCTAD secretariat. The Handbook also presents a summary overview of the statistical time series available from UNCTADstat.

UNCTAD HBS2018 pdf
UNCTAD HBS2017 website
Classic PDF version
Quick links: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

Fact sheets

These fact sheets are designed to provide a short summary overview for a selection of topics or an introduction to a selection of indicators. The topic factsheets are typically taken from the Handbook of Statistics where accompanying tables can be found.



COVID-19 detiene el progreso en los Objetivos Globales
La publicación SDG Pulse 2020 de la UNCTAD muestra que el progreso hacia metas críticas de los objetivos de desarrollo sostenible se ha estancado en medio de la crisis del coronavirus.

09 julio 2020

El crecimiento mundial de las exportaciones de mercancías podría alcanzar el 10,4 % en 2018
Principales exportadores de bienes: economías en transición (+ 24%) y África (+ 16%)

05 diciembre 2018

Engaging Civic Statistics: A Call for Action

​Steve MacFeely, Head of Statistics and Information at UNCTAD, presented at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, "Prerequisites to understanding Official Statistics: Some educational implications" in Berlin on 27 & 28 August, 2018.

30 agosto 2018

UNCTAD has taken another important step forward towards modernizing its statistics

UNCTAD has modernized the dissemination and visualization of UNCTAD statistics, launching an electronic version (or eHandbook) to complement the traditional PDF version.

23 abril 2018


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