The Statistics Division at ESCWA not only acts as a regional focal point for the Statistics Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), other organizations and member States, but strives to improve the production and dissemination of high quality socioeconomic statistics and indicators in the Arab region. It provides member States with support to strengthen their national statistical systems.
This site is on Development Indicators including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the future Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) presents the official data, definitions, methodologies and sources for development indicators to measure progress towards the MDG and SDG.
Gender statistics inform policy and programme decisions, and are critical for effective monitoring and analyses of gender gains and gaps. The need and demand for gender statistics at the national, regional and global level for systematic mainstreaming of a gender perspective within national statistical systems and in the production of gender statistics remain unmet in many areas.
The Statistical Committee significantly contributed to the standardization of concepts, definitions and methodologies adopted by various statistical organizations of the ESCWA region. This is clearly noticeable in the collection of timely, regionally comparable and quality statistics in economic and social areas, especially, the implementation of the 1993 System of National Accounts, and gender statistics.