Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

The United Nations General Assembly has endorsed the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics last 29 January 2014, in its 68th session. These principles are considered a basic framework which all statistical activities developed by national and international organizations must follow in recognizing official statistics as a public good.

It is the first time the Fundamental Principles have received such high recognition at global political level. This historic achievement marks an important step towards the enhancement of statistics in all domains.

The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics were developed and adopted by the Conference of European Statisticians in 1991, which were subsequently adopted in 1992 at the ministerial level by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

In 1994, these Principles were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission (in its special session of 11-15 April), the highest decision making body for coordinating international statistical activities and which brings together national or chief statisticians from member states around the world.

At its forty-second session in 2011, the Statistical Commission acknowledged that the Principles were still as relevant today and that no revision of the 10 principles themselves was currently necessary but recommended the development of an updated preamble, which was presented and adopted in its forty-fourth session in 2013.

The document is available in all languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (included revised preamble 2013) can be found on the UN website: