We work to ensure the numbers add up to inform and improve policy recommendations
Reliable statistics are indispensable for the analysis of international trade, investment and development and the formulation of effective policies to foster inclusive and sustainable social and economic development.
To ensure the impartiality and high quality of UNCTAD's statistics, we apply rigorously:
- Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics,
- United Nations Principles Governing International Statistical Activities, and
- UNCTAD Statistics Quality Assurance Framework.
Programmes and projects
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 2023 where accompanying tables can be found.
- International merchandise trade
- International trade in services
- Economic trends
- Maritime transport
In a world of growing crises and uncertainty, high-quality and reliable statistics are all the more important, underpinning the work of international organizations – such as UNCTAD – as a credible source of policy advice and research data. Achieving and maintaining public trust in official statistics requires that statistics are produced in an objective, transparent and professionally independent manner.