The Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean seeks to respond to the demands of users who require reliable and sound statistical information in order to analyse the economic, social and environmental situation of the region.
This edition of the Statistical Yearbook is similar in structure to the 2009 edition as no significant changes in terms of content or design have been introduced.
The Yearbook comprises four chapters. The first covers demographic and social indicators, reflecting special efforts to mainstream the gender perspective in statistical information. The second chapter presents economic statistics relating to trade, balance-of-payments and prices, as well as national accounts. Taking account of the growing concern of the regional and international community for sustainable development, the third chapter provides the quantitative information available on the environment. While priority is given to data from international sources, the electronic version also includes the data available and compiled by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on each of the countries of the region.
Given the abundance of different, sometimes conflicting, data now accessible to researchers through the Internet, special attention must be paid to the data sheets on which the source of the data, their definition and coverage are specified. This information is presented in the fourth chapter, which deals with methodology and metadata, supplementing the more specific information contained in the footnotes to each of the tables of this Yearbook.