UN Statistics Commission

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United Nations Statistical Commission
United Nations Statistical Commission
Organization type Advisory body of the ECOSOC
control body of the UNSD
Abbreviation StatCom
management Zachary Mwangi Chege Kenya
status active
Founded 1947
Headquarters New York City United States
United StatesUnited States 
Upper organization United NationsU.N. United Nations
Statistical Commission at unstats.org

The United Nations Statistical Commission ( STATCOM , UN Statistical Commission ), the Commission United Nations , the work of the Statistical Division of the United Nations ( UNSD , UN Statistics Division monitors). The statistical work of the UN operates under the abbreviation UNSTATS .


The UN Statistics Commission is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council , which in turn is a UN body. The STATCOM can thus be regarded as the highest statistical body at world level.

The annual STATCOM meeting takes place at the end of February in New York . Members are the directors of the national statistical institutes.

Commission chairmen

Chairman country from to
Stuart Arthur Rice United StatesUnited States United States 1946 1946
Herbert Marshall CanadaCanada Canada 1947 1948
Philip Idenburg NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1949 1950
Harry Campion United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1951 1953
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis IndiaIndia India 1954 1957
George Wood New ZealandNew Zealand New Zealand 1958 1959
Donal McCarthy IrelandIreland Ireland 1960 1964
Petter Jakob Bjerve NorwayNorway Norway 1965 1967
Keith Archer AustraliaAustralia Australia 1968 1969
Jean Ripert FranceFrance France 1970 1973
Claus Adolf Moser United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1974 1975
VR Rao IndiaIndia India 1976 1978
Mikhail Antonovich Korolev Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union 1979 1980
Joseph W. Duncan United StatesUnited States United States 1981 1982
Vera Nyitrai HungaryHungary Hungary 1983 1984
Tom Linehan IrelandIreland Ireland 1985 1986
Emmanuel Oti Boateng GhanaGhana Ghana 1987 1988
Luis Alberto Beccaria ArgentinaArgentina Argentina 1989 1990
Willem Begeer NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1991 1993
Jozef Olenski PolandPoland Poland 1994 1994
Bill McLennan United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 1995 1996
Carlos Jarque MexicoMexico Mexico 1997 1998
Guest Charumbira BotswanaBotswana Botswana 1999 2000
Shigeru Kawasaki JapanJapan Japan 2001 2001
Tamás Mellár HungaryHungary Hungary 2002 2003
Katherine Wallman United StatesUnited States United States 2004 2005
Gilberto Calvillo Vives MexicoMexico Mexico 2006 2007
Pali Lehohla South AfricaSouth Africa South Africa 2008 2009
Ali bin mahboob OmanOman Oman 2010 2011
Gabriella Vukovich HungaryHungary Hungary 2012 2013
Jil Matheson United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 2014 2014
John Pullinger United KingdomUnited Kingdom United Kingdom 2015 2015
Wasmália Bivar BrazilBrazil Brazil 2016 2017
Zachary Mwangi KenyaKenya Kenya 2018 current


The tasks of the Statistical Division of the UN include:

  • to promote the international comparability of statistical data and the cooperation of the national statistical offices ( Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities CCSA)
  • to formulate ethical principles within the framework of statistics
  • Define nomenclatures , methods and indicators
  • develop the standards for worldwide statistics
  • To coordinate the collection of the statistical data required for the evaluation as part of the Millennium Development Goals .

It develops country or area codes for statistical purposes. It uses both three-digit numeric codes and three-digit alphabetic codes assigned by the ISO (see ISO 3166 and ISO 3166-1 coding list ).

The UNSD also defines regional structures and summarizes countries and areas. These summaries are used for statistical purposes, but are also used in other contexts (e.g. in Wikipedia ).

The German economist Stefan Schweinfest has been director of UNSD since July 2014.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49alpha.htm UNSD: States and Territories, Codes and Abbreviations, engl.
  2. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm UNSD: Summary of geographical regions, engl.
  3. https://unstats.un.org/home/Stefan-Schweinfest.cshtml accessed on May 20, 2019

Coordinates: 40 ° 45 ′ 0.2 ″  N , 73 ° 58 ′ 3.8 ″  W.