Statistics We work to ensure the numbers add up to inform and improve policy recommendations Reliable statistical information — statistics and indicators used in the analysis of international trade, investment and development — is indispensable for the formulation of sound economic policies and recommendations.
This, in turn, is essential to fostering social and economic development. UNCTAD compiles, validates and processes a wide range of data collected from national and international sources. Most time-series data cover extended periods of time, with some dating back tofor almost all the economies of the world.
This allows the analysis of emerging and urgent issues within a framework of long-lasting tendencies and wide geographical scope. Our statistics are grounded in continuity, accuracy and timeliness.
UNCTAD produces more than indicators and statistical time series essential for the analysis of international trade, economic trends, foreign direct investment, external financial resources, population and labour force, commodities, the information economy and maritime transport.