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Appendix A: Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics of the Statistical Commission of the United Nations
Pages 45-47

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... The preamble and principles, as adopted, are set out below: FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF OFFICIAL STATISTICS The Statistical Commission. Bearing in mind that official statistical information is an essential basis for development in the economic, demographic, social and environmental fields and for mutual knowledge and trade among the States and peoples of the world, Bearing in mind that the essential trust of the public in official statistical information depends tO a large extent on respect for the fundamental values and principles which are the basis of any society which seeks to understand itself and tO respect the rights of itS members, 45
From page 46...
... , adopted by the Economic Commission for Europe on 15 April 1992, is of universal .r s~gn~ncance, Noting that, at its eighth session, held at Bangkok in November 1993, the Working Group of Statistical Experts, assigned by the Committee on Statistics of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific to examine the Fundamental Principles, had agreed in principle to the ECE version and had emphasized that those principles were applicable to all nations, Noting also that, at its eighth session, held at Addis Ababa in March 1994, the Joint Conference of African Planners, Statisticians and Demographers, considered that the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics are of universal significance, Adopts the present principles of official statistics: 1. Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of a democratic society, serving the Government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation.
From page 47...
... 6. Individual data collected by statistical agencies for statistical compilation, whether they refer to natural or legal persons, are to be strictly confidential and used exclusively for statistical purposes.

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