Foreign Policy Watch: United Nations

India elected to UN Statistical Body


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : UN Statistical Commission

Mains level : Not Much

Central idea: India has been elected to the UN Statistical Commission for a four-year term.

About United Nations Statistical Commission

  • The UN Statistical Commission is the topmost body of the global statistical system, bringing together the Chief Statisticians from member states worldwide.
  • Responsibilities of the Commission include setting statistical standards and developing concepts and methods, implemented at national and international levels.
  • The Commission was established in 1947 and is headquartered in New York.
  • The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is overseen by the Commission.
  • The Commission is a Functional Commission of the UN Economic and Social Council.

Membership details

  • There are 24 member states of the Commission.
  • Members are elected by the Economic and Social Council based on equitable geographical distribution, including:
  1. African States (5)
  2. Asian States (4)
  3. Eastern European States (4)
  4. Latin American and Caribbean States (4)
  5. Western European and other States (7)


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