United Nations Statistical Commission

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Overview:

Recently, India has been elected to the highest statistical body of the United Nations for a four-year term beginning January 1, 2024.

About United Nations Statistical Commission:

  • It was established in 1947(HQ: New York) and is the highest body of the global statistical system.
  • It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world.
  • Functions:
    • It is the highest decision-making body for international statistical activities, responsible for setting statistical standards and the development of concepts and methods, including their implementation at the national and international levels.
    • The Statistical Commission oversees the work of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), and it is a Functional Commission of the UN Economic and Social Council.
  • Membership: The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the United Nations elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council based on an equitable geographical distribution according to the following pattern:
    • Five members from African States                
    • Four members from Asia-Pacific States
    • Four members from Eastern European States
    • Four members from Latin American and Caribbean States
    • Seven members from Western European and other States
  • The term of office of members is four years.
  • India was a member of the Statistical Commission last in 2004 and the country is returning to the UN agency after a gap of two decades.

 


Q1) What is Statistics?

Statistics is the science concerned with developing and studying methods for collecting, analyzing, interpreting and presenting empirical data. Statistics is a highly interdisciplinary field; research in statistics finds applicability in virtually all scientific fields and research.

Source: India elected to UN Statistical Commission