Established in 1885, the International Statistical Institute is a non-profit, non-government organization, with individual and institutional members in over 150 countries.
It's main objective is to promote the understanding, development, and good practice of statistics worldwide by providing a welcoming environment for advancing statistical knowledge, learning best practices, sharing state-of-the-art developments, and by creating opportunities to network.
138 Years of History
Throughout its 138 years of history, the ISI has been a truly international organization that has been bringing together statisticians of all different specializations and from different parts of the world to realize its mission of good understanding, development, and practice of Statistics.
Consultative Status with the UN
Since 1949 we have had consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), specifically with United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD). This allows us to participate in the annual UN Statistics Commission and other relevant UN activities.
Network Around the World
The ISI network includes most of the national statistical offices around the world, and it also has links with international statistical organizations from the United Nations and others, and selected professional societies.
The international statistical community has provided me with robust challenge and support throughout my career. That's what colleagues do! And that's what you will find at the ISI.
Stephen Penneck, ISI President (2021-2023)
The ISI, its seven Associations and its organizational members make up the ISI family with members from over 150 countries.
Our work and influence within the international statistical community are supported by standing and operational committees, special interest groups and regional networks. We cover a range of statistical areas and interests.
The ISI comprises a central core of eminent statisticians and seven Associations, each focusing on a different area of statistics.
Our biennial World Statistics Congresses are well known and bring together several thousands of statisticians.
In addition, numerous smaller meetings, conferences and workshops take place under the auspices of the ISI and its Associations.
The ISI’s portfolio also includes the publication of several professional and scientific journals.
The ISI’s Permanent Office, located in The Hague in The Netherlands, supports the members of ISI and its Associations.
The ISI is unmatched in its global reach among statisticians and those interested in the field of statistics.
We are also an association which connects to many international and national organizations, including national statistical societies, with a special focus on organizations in or supporting developing regions of the world.
A majority of the world’s central bureaus of statistics and many central banks are represented within the ISI network of institutional members.
Mission & Strategy
Founders of Statistics
Recognition and capacity building
Prestigious awards of ISI and its Associations recognize statistical achievements and accomplishments.
ISI obtains and administers support for members from low and middle income countries / regions to attend an extensive variety of international conferences. For starters, they receive extra discount on the registration fee for our World Statistics Congresses.
We also develop and deliver statistical capacity building programmes, often in partnership with other stakeholders. These programmes include workshops/webinars to develop skills, and leadership and mentoring programs.
ISI organizes activities to promote the careers of young statisticians.