ESCAP News In Brief: February 5, 2014

Paving the way for relevant and reliable statistics: Fundamental Principles for Official Statistics endorsed by the UN General Assembly

In an historic moment for the international statistical community, the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics were endorsed by the General Assembly on 29 January 2014. The adoption of the UN General Assembly resolution provides political recognition at the highest level of the Principles, which were adopted by the UN Statistical Commission in 1994. Of the 48 sponsors of the resolution, 11 are ESCAP member States. The Principles, of which there are ten, ensure the relevance, reliability and impartiality of official statistics by facilitating data openness, its correct interpretation, and promoting scientific standards and professional independence of data collection, management and dissemination. This occasion accentuates a growing global movement that is advocating the importance of statistics for development, accountability, good governance and informed decision-making processes.

For more information visit Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics.