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Policy Brief: Incorporating the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics in Caribbean national statistical legislation

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  • NU. CEPAL. Sede Subregional para el Caribe
UN symbol.: LC/CAR/2019/20/Rev.1 8 p. Editorial: ECLAC, Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean December 2019


The United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics (UNFPOS) are considered the basic framework that National Statistical Systems (NSS) must observe in order to produce high quality, independent statistics that support informed decision-making and public confidence in government.

The UNFPOS were first adopted in 1994 by the United Nations Statistical Commission. These principles were subsequently endorsed by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2013 and the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. Statistical laws in the Caribbean have lagged in incorporating the UNFPOS. However, in some cases, National Statistical Offices (NSO) are implementing the principles in practice.

This Policy Brief highlights areas of consideration for policy makers to ensure that official statistics produced by Caribbean countries are of the highest quality and in conformity with international standards.