Regions of the World

Different Regions of the World

Regions of the world are viewed differently by the UN and the World Bank. These regional views, also called a “geoscheme”, by the UN, are used for statistical analysis. Although the UN itself does not always use this concept consistently, it is still a useful framework for presenting information about the world.

UN Geographical Regions

The UN regions of the world shown in the map below.

UN Geographical sub regions

Global precious metals mine production split by the United Nations definition of geographic regions is set out below:

World Bank Geographical Regions

The World Bank regions of the world is shown in the map below. The “No data” zone is the disputed region of Sahrawi (Western Sahara). The World Bank regions appear to based on a social/political interpretation whereas the UN view is more geographical; Greenland being the most obvious example.

Global precious metals mine production split by the World Bank definition of geographic regions is set out below: