At the occasion of its 39th session, the United Nations Statistical Council recognized SDMX as the preferred standard for the exchange and sharing of data and metadata (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc08/DraftReport-English.pdf).
The recommendation was put forward by the Committee for for Coordination of Social Statistics (CCSA) in the conclusions of its ninth and tenth
sessions (http://sdmx.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/2008-26-ccsa-e.pdf) and based on its technical report on common open standards for the exchange and sharing of data and metadata (http://sdmx.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/02/2008-13-sdmx-e.pdf).
The United Nations Statistical Commission, established in 1947, is the apex entity of the global statistical system. It brings together the Chief Statisticians from member states from around the world. It is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities especially the setting of statistical standards, the development of concepts and methods and their implementation at the national and international level.
The objectives of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA), established in September 2002,1 are to promote coordination among the statistical programmes of international organizations, to provide coordinated outputs for the treatment of statistical issues in intergovernmental meetings, including the United Nations Statistical Commission, to foster good practices in the structuring and programming of statistical activities in international organizations and, ultimately to achthrough the coordination of activities.