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 to 1948, for 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. In case of missing data or a break in series, UNCTAD applies its expertise and methodology to make estimates. Such continuity together with accurateness and timeliness are the pillars of UNCTAD’s statistics.
Our statistics are grounded in continuity, accuracy and timeliness. UNCTAD’s statistical work also conforms to the United Nations principles governing international statistical activities, formulated with significant contributions from us. It is supported by the UNCTAD Statistics Quality Assurance Framework.
UNCTAD produces more than 150 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.
Statistics and the SDGs
The purpose of the SDG Pulse is to highlight recent trends in sustainable development and UNCTAD’s work to support the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
Development and globalization: facts and figures
Handbook of Statistics
The UNCTAD Handbook of Statistics provides users with access to internationally comparable sets of data, in addition to facilitating the work of the UNCTAD secretariat. The Handbook also presents a summary overview of the statistical time series available from UNCTADstat.
These bulletins are designed to provide regular (monthly, quarterly, annual) overview of the evolution for a selection of topics and indicators.
These fact sheets are designed to provide a short summary overview for a selection of topics or an introduction to a selection of indicators. The topic factsheets are typically taken from the Handbook of Statistics where accompanying tables can be found.
In cooperation with UN agencies and other partners organizations, UNCTAD works to coordinate a wide variety of capacity development initiatives, helping national statistical offices and systems to improve their data collection, and statistical production and dissemination, and also to develop the international statistical system.
Conceptual framework for the statistical measurement of illicit financial flows
This publication is a joint initiative by UNODC and UNCTAD. This groundbreaking framework sets out for the first time the scope or boundaries of illicit financial flows for statistical purposes. This is central to measuring SDG indicator 16.4.1 - Total value of inward and outward illicit financial flows (in current United States dollars).
Gender and Trade
"Assessing the Impact of Trade Agreements on Gender Equality: Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement"
A new study by UNCTAD, UN Women, the European Union and ILO examines the impact of trade agreements on gender equality and women's economic empowerment.