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Today, the United Nations Statistical Division’s Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities launched a new report on “How COVID-19 is Changing the World: A Statistical Perspective.” The report explores the social and economic impacts of the pandemic through a statistical lens, offering insights on enduring global challenges in areas like trade, poverty and migration.

COVID-19 has sent global shockwaves through every area of life since its emergence in late 2019. Reliable data is critical to fully assessing the pandemic’s impact and helping inform the way forward through policy and other evidence-based interventions.

PARIS21 contributed a chapter of the report on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on national statistical offices worldwide. This section draws from the work of PARIS21’s COVID-19 Rapid Action Task Force, including a recent policy brief on the role of national statistical systems in addressing the crisis.

The open access report is available now.

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