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Source: Destatis Federal Statistical Office

Press release No. 401 from October 12, 2020

WIESBADEN – Almost at the same time as the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) was elected to the UN Statistical Commission for another four years. This commission, which was set up in 1947, is the highest decision-making body in the international statistical system.

With the recent election to the UN Statistical Commission, the Federal Statistical Office continues to play a key role in the further development of official statistics in the world. The Federal Statistical Office wants to use the renewed mandate to actively contribute its own experience and know-how in the further development of statistics on an international level. In addition, international cooperation is to be further strengthened.

One of the main tasks of the Statistical Commission is the development of uniform statistical standards worldwide. This includes, for example, the international classification of economic sectors or the system of national accounts, on the basis of which the gross domestic product is calculated.

In addition, the Statistical Commission plays an important role in measuring progress towards achieving the global development goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Using this globally comparable system of indicators, it is possible to see what progress the individual countries have made towards the global sustainability goals.

The UN Statistical Commission consists of 24 countries. In addition to Germany, the European Union (EU) is currently represented by the member states Denmark, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. Other members include Japan, Canada, Russia and the United States of America.

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