Sri Lanka Celebrates

World statistics day - 20 October 2015

Better data. Better lives.

World Statistics Day 2015 (WSD2015)

World Statistics Day is celebrated once in every five years to strengthen public awareness of the important work that national statisticians carry out throughout the year. Through collecting accurate, timely, and comparable data, the national statistical offices worldwide support a wide range of national and international activities, including development efforts that improve the lives of the poor and the vulnerable.

The First World Statistics Day was successfully celebrated on 20 October 2010 with activities organized in more than 130 countries and 40 international/regional organizations. The Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka also celebrated this under the theme “Celebrating the many achievements of Official Statistics”.

Second World Statistics Day Celebrations

The United Nations Secretary General, in his letter dated 19 August 2015 has brought the kind attention of His Excellency the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the General Assembly resolution 69/282 in which 20 October 2015 is designated as the World Statistics Day under the theme “Better Data, Better Lives”. As per the General Assembly invitation extended to all member states, agencies of the UN system and other organization to observe the second World Statistics Day, The Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) is planning various activities targeting different audiences at national and sub national level, to celebrate this important event and to extend the fullest support to make the WSD2015 a success.

H.E the President Maithripala Sirisena, Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe & Hon. State Minister of National Policies & Economic Development Niroshan Perera will issue special messages on the WSD 2015



Celebration of World Statistics Day 2015 programme includes many events targeted at increasing awareness about official statistics amongst various user groups. The event: “WSD forum 2015” will be held on 20th October 2015 at JAIC Hilton Hotel Colombo with the participation of Hon. Niroshan Perera, State Minister of National Policy & Economic Development, as the chief guest.