On 29th January, the UN General Assembly approved the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, which guide the production and dissemination of official statistics worldwide.
The approval was considered a “historic moment” for the global statistical system, by the director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), Stefan Schweinfest. In a letter sent to officials institutes of international statistics, Schweinfest says that the adoption of the Principles by the UN showed how much the international statistical community can achieve when working together, and highlighted that the work is just beginning, and now it is time to strengthen the focus on implementing the Principles, especially taking into account the overall context in which statisticians must continually provide answers to new challenges in terms of economic, social and environmental policies.
The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics were developed and adopted by the Conference of European Statisticians in 1992. Statisticians in other parts of the world soon realized that the Principles had a global importance, and, after a process of international consultation, the Statistical Commission of the United Nations adopted in 1994, the same set of principles.
Source: Geodireito / Amazônia Brasil