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Why is World statistics day celebrated?

World statistics day was created by the UN statistical commission. The day is an international day to celebrate statistics. Statistics day is celebrated every five years and it was first celebrated on 20 October 2010.

A national statistics day in the year 2010 celebrates 103 countries including 51 African countries that jointly celebrate 18 November as African Statistics Day. As per our country, India celebrates 29 June as its statistics day on the birthday of the statistician Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis. United Kingdom, the Royal Statistical Society launched its get stats statistical literacy campaign on the same day at 20:10 (20.10.2010).

“Connecting the world with data we can trust” was the theme for the third world statistics day in the year 2020. The main objective of the theme is to reflect the importance of official data, trust as well as innovation and public good in the statistical systems of nations.

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In the year of 1947, the UN’s statistical commission was formed. The fundamental principles of official statistics, the commission adopted in the year 1994.

In February 2010, the decision to observe world statistics day was taken at the 41st session of the UN statistical commission. World Statistics Day for the first time was observed on 20 October 2010 with the theme “Celebrating the many achievements of official statistics”.

The day celebrates the process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting huge amounts of massive data to contribute to the betterment of society.

On this day all the countries come together to collaborate on statistical management and dedicate more effort to the process of gathering statistics.

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