Multilateral relations

Multilateral relations are activities done under the auspices of an international organization. Most major international organizations have their own statistical programs and corresponding secretariat staff; Canada is a member of most of these organizations, and so Statistics Canada is widely involved in multilateral statistical activities.

The centre of multilateral statistical activities is the United Nations and its family of institutions. The United Nations Statistical Commission meets once a year. Supported by United Nations Statistics Division, the commission’s meetings cover topics related to economic, social and environmental statistics, classifications, reviews of statistical programs, development indicators and so on.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is also very active in the statistical field. Many of its expert groups regularly produce relevant work for Statistics Canada in the areas of national accounts, classification, environment statistics and social statistics. Statistics Canada is involved in most of these expert groups.

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