WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Statistical agencies and associations in the United States and around the globe celebrated the first World Statistics Day Wednesday.
The United Nations declared Oct. 20 as a day to celebrate the service provided by the global statistical system and to help raise public awareness and trust in official statistics, the American Statistical Association said in a release.
As part of the day's celebrations, Chief Statistician of the United States Katherine Wallman will read a letter from President Obama, officials said. The message will recognize the individuals of the federal statistical system and will note the important contributions of statistical data to the United States.
"We're extremely grateful to President Obama for his recognition of World Statistics Day and the many important roles government statistics play in our democracy, policy and economic development," ASA Executive Director Ron Wasserstein said in the release.