Date: 14 May 2019
On May 7, 2019, at the meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held in New York, Georgia unanimously was elected as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) by acclamation, for a period of 4 years.
Membership mandate includes for the 2020-2023 period. Within the framework of the abovementioned meeting, 8 new members of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) have been elected for a period of 2020-2023.
The United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), founded in 1947, is the highest body of the global statistical system. It brings together the Chief statisticians from different states from around the world.
The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the United Nations elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution according to the following pattern:
• Seven members from Western European and other States;
• Four members from Eastern European States;
• Four members from Asian States;
• Five members from African States;
• Four members from Latin American and Caribbean States;
It is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level.
The Statistical Commission oversees the work of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), and is a functional body of the UN Economic and Social Council.
Georgia became a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission for the first time, which gives the country a great opportunity to develop and introduce comparable statistical methodology to the international standards, in terms of improving and developing the quality of national statistics and the their comparability.
The membership of the Commission emphasizes the readiness of the Government of Georgia and the National Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT) to apply more and more efforts for achieving the common goals, which means promoting the national statistical system development.