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The Government Statistical Service (GSS) works with other official statistics organisations, Governments and inter-governmental organisations around the world in the global statistical system. We do this in order to:

  • develop international standards in official statistics, so UK official statistics can be compared to those about other countries,
  • share good practice with and learn from our international peers,
  • share resources in developing statistical architecture and methodologies,
  • develop a network of personal and institutional support from organisations that share our ethos, perspectives and challenges,
  • promote the use of statistics as part of the policy dialogue with national governments,
  • assist other countries in helping them to develop their statistical systems.

For guidance or information on international issues, contact the Legal and International Services team (LIS) in the UK Statistics Authority’s Central Policy Secretariat, at International Relations.

All of the UK statistics producers have International Liaison Officers (ILO). They are the main contact points for communicating and coordinating Government Statistical Service (GSS) international activity.

The quarterly ‘International Statistics Dashboard’, produced by LIS,  also helps to keep GSS members up-to-date with international statistical developments.

Other information on the International pages is currently being updated. The refreshed pages will be available later in the year.

The Titchfield City Group on ageing

The global pledge ‘to leave no one behind’ of the 2030 Agenda has given the world an unparalleled opportunity to promote inclusion of older people and ageing in the international and national development agenda. The policy priorities and challenges for the proposed United Nations (UN) ‘Titchfield City Group on Ageing’, to be considered for formal establishment by the UN Statistical Commission in March 2018, were identified during a three-day scoping workshop, at Winchester University, 22-24 August 2017. The seminar was hosted by the Office for National Statistics.

Full details of the workshop, the agenda and presentations can be found on the workshop page.