By Jeffrey A. Myers

Official statistics help decision-makers develop informed policies that impact millions of people. Improved data sources, sound statistical methods, new technologies and strengthened statistical systems enable better decisions that eventually result in better lives for all of us.

On October 20 this year, the global statistical community will showcase their achievements and their ongoing work to help this vision come true as part of World Statistics Day 2015.

The inaugural World Statistics Day was proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2010 to recognize the importance of statistics in shaping our societies. The holding of national and regional statistical days already was a tradition in more than 100 countries. The General Assembly’s adoption of this international day as October 20 brought new light to this important observance. The first World Statistics Day was commemorated October 20, 2010 in more 130 countries and areas.

The year of 2015 marks an important confluence for official statistics, with the conclusion of the Millennium Development Goals, the post-2015 development agenda, the data revolution, the preparations for the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme and so much more.

To kick off this special global event, the UN has launched a website and released a kick-off video unveiling the celebration’s logo.

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The logo for World Statistics Day 2015.

The UN Statistical Commission encourages the statistical community worldwide to embrace this international observance and showcase their achievements and their ongoing work toward “Better Data. Better Lives.”—the theme selected for this year’s celebration of statistics.

During April, representatives of The World of Statistics will be meeting with representatives of the UN Statistics Division to discuss how our global community of more than 2,350 participating organizations can get involved in World Statistics Day. We’ll share ideas in an upcoming article in this newsletter and on our website. Be sure to check back for details.

In the meantime, you can follow World Statistics Day 2015 on Twitter at #StatsDay15. Here’s to a successful celebration of statistics in 2015!

Myers is public relations coordinator for the American Statistical Association.