The Unit is structured into three components: the first corresponds to the original survey and programming office and performs analyses, research and studies; the second performs the functions of a statistical office within the National Statistical System; and the third corresponds to the former Historical Documentation Unit and Archive
The Office, acting within the scope of its study and planning functions, is responsible for a series of publications analysing the main trends involved in international developments.>>
The Historical Diplomatic Archive is in charge of preserving, reordering and making an inventory of the historical diplomatic documentation produced by the Offices of the Ministry and by the diplomatic and consular offices abroad>>
Through the portal Foreign Policy and History: documents and images of Italian Diplomacy, the Foreign Ministry has wanted to shed light on its cultural heritage, giving access to volumes of documents of Italian diplomacy published to date, the exhibitions that displayed the original documents from the Historic Diplomatic Archive and some valuable publications kept in the Library.>>
The Section carries out the functions of the Statistics Office in accordance with Legislative Decree 322/89; it manages relations with ISTAT, Italy's National Statistics Office, and SISTAN, the National Statistics System, ensuring that the Ministry takes part in the various projects and surveys required.