World Statistics Day observed across the world

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Who: World Statistics Day
Where: Across the world
What: Observed
When: 20 October 2015

20 October: World Statistics Day
The World Statistics Day was observed across the world on 20 October 2015 with the theme Better Data, Better Lives. This year celebrations mark the second observance of the World Statistics Day.

The theme emphasizes the critical role of high-quality official statistical information in analysis and informed policy decision-making in support of sustainable development. The theme also reflects the importance of sustainable national statistical capacity to produce reliable and timely statistics and indicators measuring a country’s progress.

The year 2015 marks the bicentenary of the birth of George Boole, whose work on the application of the principles of logic as a form of algebra underpins modern computer science.

Background
The UN General Assembly in its resolution 69/282 decided to celebrate 20 October as the World Statistics Day once in every five years.

The first World Statistics Day was celebrated in 2010 and was deemed an overwhelming success, with activities organized in more than 130 Member States and by at least 40 international and regional organizations and entities.