On the occasion of its World Forum on Key Indicators: Statistics, Knowledge and Policy held in Palermo from 10 to 13 November 2004, the OECD has given an advance presentation of its forthcoming "OECD Factbook: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics". The new publication, to be available in early 2005, will draw on the OECD's data bank of statistics to present a unique overview of economic, social and environmental trends in the OECD's 30 member countries.
The OECD is one of the world's leading providers of statistical information and analysis for the evaluaton of public policies. Drawing on data from its member countries and other sources, the new "OECD Factbook" will provide a carefully selected range of statistics covering 10 broad thematic areas:
In addition, every year, the OECD Factbook will include a special section focusing on a current "hot topic". The 2005 issue will contain a focus on energy.
Each theme will be covered by tables and graphs illustrating in a user-friendly manner trends over the past 10 years and the relative ranking of each of the 30 OECD memer countries. Alongside them, text will give definitions of the indicators used and comment on the extent of comparability of data from different national sources, thus enabling users to evaluate for themselves the relevance and value of specific data. Finally, the OECD Factbook will guide readers to other statistical and analytic publications from the OECD which can assist them in their research and understanding.
An online version of the "OECD Factbook" will be regularly updated.
The "OECD Factbook" represents an indispensable product for anyone seeking a global overview of economic, social and environmental trends based on reliable statistics and a key tool for evaluating the relative position of individual OECD countries, both at a given moment and over time. The "OECD Factbook" is designed to help users understand "where we are" and "where we are going", questions that are of a fundamental importance for both governments and individual citizens.