“The Statistical yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2010,” which features the main economic, social and environmental indicators for the region’s countries, became available Thursday on the Web site of the Economic Commission for Latin America.
This annual report is the result of one of the main activities of this regional commission of the United Nations, namely to process, compile, classify and disseminate basic information on the statistics and social, economic and environmental indicators of Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as compiling and disseminating international recommendations on statistical matters, the organization said.
As in previous editions, the statistical yearbook is divided into four chapters, that the organization described as:
* Demographic and social aspects, such as population, employment, gender, education and health.
* Economic statistics, such as prices, international trade, balance of payments and national accounts.
* Information on the environment and natural resources, under headings such as biota, water, forests, energy and environmental management.
* Methodological aspects relating to data, sources, definitions and coverage.
Most of the information comes directly from National Statistical Offices, central banks and other official institutions, the organization said. In some cases, such as the chapter on environmental statistics, data obtained from international sources are also included, as they have the advantage of greater geographical coverage, which facilitates the expansion of time series and improved comparability, it added. The yearbook is available HERE.