Head of UN Statistics Division resigns

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  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 29 November 2012
  • Copyright: Photograph appears courtesy of iStock Photo

Professor Paul Cheung, Head of the United Nations Statistics Division, has announced his resignation. On 27th November, a letter was sent to the statistical community declaring his wish to leave due to personal reasons. Professor Cheung will serve until the end of the year and will be returning to his home country of Singapore where he will teach at the National University.

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Professor Cheung has served as Head since 2004 and thanked those who have supported him during his tenure. ‘Together we have evolved the global statistical system into a cohesive community, with the UN Statistical Commission universally recognised as its apex entity. In 2004, only 76 member states attended the Commission; in 2012, there were 136, an 80% increase.’

Professor Cheung also described how during his tenure the Division received over $14 million from donors which enabled them to develop activities to which thousands of statisticians have attended and also helped to organise the first ever World Statistics Day in 2010 (his video message on World Statistics Day is included here, courtesy of YouTube).

Speculation is rife now as to whom will be his successor and recruitment is now under way. For the full letter by Professor Cheung, please visit the United Nations Statistics Division here.

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