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Trustworthy official statistics help us all overcome crises

Published at: 20.10.2020 - 17:50

In a world where huge amounts of data are being generated all the time, and where we take for granted almost instantaneous access to them, official statistics stand out as a unique source of impartial and trustworthy information. On today’s World Statistics Day, we must renew our commitment to the work of official statistics producers. We need them more than ever, wrote the Executive Secretary of UNECE, Olga Algayerova, to mark today’s World Statistics Day.

Grounded in the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, the information they produce is our beacon to navigate out of the current COVID-19 crisis.

The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, adopted in 1991 by countries working together through the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians, were endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. They now serve as the core guiding principles for all producers of Official Statistics, whether national or international, worldwide. They are like the Ten Commandments for statisticians, providing a blueprint for what they must do, how they must gather data, produce and disseminate their statistics, and how they must act to safeguard their correct use and interpretation. The political independence of the statistical offices, the methodological rigor and accuracy of surveys and rapidly growing speed of information help us understand and respond to the pandemic. 

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