Statistical Databases for UN Research
United Nations Sources of Statistical Information:
United Nations InfoNation: A rich information resource on country-wise statistical data on all UN related subject fields. Allows user, through a frame-based interface to select up-to seven of 185 countries and four of 37 variables. Retrieval for current year only, provides a snapshot view of country information.
United Nations Social Indicators
Social indicators on Population, Child-bearing, Youth and elderly populations, Education, Human settlements , Literacy, Water supply and sanitation, Income and economic activity, Housing, Unemployment and Health are compiled by the Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, from many national and international sources in the global statistical system.. Most of the data shown in the tables are available in Wistat-CD, a database developed by the Statistics Division with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
CIESIN: Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network: CIESIN, The World Bank , World Resources Institute, and other UN Agencies have developed Internet access to the following datasets. Any user can directly query these datasets.
- Social Indicators of Development, 1994:
- Trends in Developing Economies:
- World Resources 1996-97: A Guide to the Global Environment: A report by World Resource Center, UNEP, UNDP and World Bank.
- World Tables :
FAOSTAT: Statistical Databases of Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. Contain data on:
Food Balance Sheets , Land Use and Irrigation , Forest Products , Fishery Products , Population Agricultural Machinery, Food Aid Shipments , Fertilizer and Pesticides
Global Food Aid Statistics: Data on global food aid trends are extracted from the database of the International Food Aid Information System (INTERFAIS) which was developed by WFP as a contribution to a coordinated international response to food aid shortages.
Human Development Report: An online summary of annual repot of UN Development Program.
International Trade Center (ITC) - UNCTAD/GATT: ITC web pages include access to trade statistics, imports, exports of last five years, for individual countries all over the world.
POPIN: UNFPA Demographic Data (gopher site):
POPIN: Population Information Network (www site):
UN/ECE Statistical Databases on Internet: Economic Commission for Europe, Geneva.
- Trends in Europe and North America: Country profiles from the UN/ECE Statistical Yearbook Maintained by: UN/ECE Statistical Division
- UN/ECE Timber Database: Forest and forest industries country fact sheets Maintained by: UN/ECE Trade Division
- UN/ECE Gas Centre Database: Country profiles for monographic and detailed information purposes; Database query interface for comparison and analysis purposes; Database search interface (text or keywords).
UNESCO's Statistical Yearbook 1996: For over 40 years UNESCO has collected statistical data on education, science, culture and communication and has built up one of the world's most important international databases in these fields. Each year this database is updated with new information received from all countries in the world. A part of these data is published in the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook. From the 1996 edition, which contains some 75 tables, UNESCO has selected 11 and made them available on Internet
UNICEF Statistics: Select a country to browse data, select data coloured maps to see information presented graphically by indicator, or download the database (includes the dates of the studies).
Data topics include: Gross national product, Fertility rate, Infant & maternal mortality rate:, Primary enrollment ratios, Adult literacy rate:: Underweight: Breast-feeding: Baby-friendly hospital: ORT and Continued feeding: Access to safe drinking water and adequate Salt- iodization, Immunization and more.
World Crime Survey: Data by United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network (UNCJIN ) from their World Crime Surveys, is available in ASCII, Lotus and SPSS formats.
World Development Report: An online summary of the annual survey from the World Bank of developing countries.
Other Sources of Statistical Information:
CIA World Factbook: This collection of facts about the countries of the world includes information about: mortality rates, literacy, religion, labor force, government and diplomacy, economy (unemployment, exports and imports, currency and exchange rates, etc.), transportation, communication, and defense forces. Information is presented in list format.
Economic Growth Project, World Bank: Examines the relationship between national policies and economic growth. Site contains abstracts of published articles and working papers. Associated data sets can be downloaded directly in compressed Excel and Lotus formats, along with information on the data coding.
Eurostat: Online Publications and statistical Indicators: Go on-line and find out the main statistical information about EU countries, on 7 statistical themes covered by Eurostat
Foreign Labor Statistics: This WWW site offers direct access to over 200 series of labor statistics, including price, compensation, labor cost, employment and unemployment data for the countries of the world. The section Most Requested Series offers country-level access to 8 of the labor statistics series. The section Selective Access offers access to 229 series. Series are selected by keyword, country and year(s). Output options are also available.
International Data Base, U.S. Census Bureau: This data collection is a compilation of demographic and socio-economic data created in the US Census Bureau's International Programs Center. This WWW site offers two features: 1) selected demographic data by country can be directly accessed, or 2) the entire contents of the International Data Base can be retrieved from this site to your computer. The program requires 40 MB of hard disk storage and takes about 2 hours to transfer via FTP. It comes with menu driven software allowing the user to customize the information search and output.
OECD Economic Outlook: Online summaries of frequently requested data
Peace Science Society, SUNY - Binghamton: The Peace Science Society (International) is a scientific association of individuals developing theory and methods for the study of peace, located at the State University of New York at Binghamton. The Society distributes selected data sets in ZIP format. The studies currently available are:
- Interstate System Memberships, 1816-1994
- Militarized Interstate Disputes (version 2.10)
Statistical Data of DMCs: The databases of Asian Development Bank's developing member countries. Include data on national accounts, external trade, direction of trade, price indexes, population, labor force, balance of payments, government finance, money and banking, production, energy, etc.
State of the World Indicators, Millennium Institute: Access to demographic and environment indicators with coding to reflect the degree of danger.
World Population Figures: There's a large collection of data at this site, ranging from country profiles (provinces and main cities) to the highest mountains in the world, to a list of all countries in the world with their capitals, surface area and population. There are three main areas at this site, namely: Global Data:, Tops of the World and Country Profiles:
World Resources: Annual report of World Resource Institute, available as a downloadable file in PDF format. Requires Adobe Acrobat viewer to consult.
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