The UN Statistical Commission is the apex entity of the global statistical system. It considers and approves international statistical standards and programmes. Since 1947, the Statistical Commission has established a strong foundation for the Global Statistical System and initiated new programmes to address emerging issues
The UN Statistic Division regularly publishes data updates, including the Statistical Yearbook and World Statistics Pocketbook, and books and reports on statistics and statistical methods. Many of the Division's databases are also available on the site http://unstats.un.org/unsd/default.htm , as electronic publications and data files in the form of CD-ROMs, diskettes and magnetic tapes, or as printed publications.