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28 March 2014

ULAANBAATAR GROUP ON STATISTICS FOR ECONOMIES BASED ON NATURAL RESOURCES

Purpose:

The group intends to:
(a) play a leading role in developing methodological and practical guidelines and recommendations by pooling best theoretical and methodological practices, in order to rationally track mining industry activities and accurately measure the industry’s contribution to the economy and its impact on other social sectors and the environment;
(b) serve as a forum for sharing the expertise of national and international statistical organizations and other interested parties;
(c) collaborate with the United Nations and the specialized agencies on developing and improving statistical methodologies and standards for statistics on natural resources and provide support in this area;
(d) develop practical manuals and recommendations based on best practices that ensure coverage, reliability, accuracy and relevance of statistical data to support the efforts made by countries with large mining sectors and use the international standards to guide our work.

Year organized:

2012

Participants:


Representatives of national statistical offices, governmental organizations and international organizations have participated in the first meeting.
Current country representatives include: Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Russian Federation and Vietnam.

Current governmental organizations include: Parliament of Mongolia, Ministry of Finance of Mongolia, Bank of Mongolia, National Development and Innovation Committee of Mongolia
Current international organizations include: UNIDO, UNDP, UNESCAP and CISSTAT

Meetings:

First Meeting: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 20-22 August, 2012
Objectives of the meeting: Discuss the terms of reference and topics for the work programme. Establish a Steering Committee as well as Expert Group to manage and conduct the work programme. Decide the UB Group would hold face-to-face meetings and an electronic discussion forum to advance the work programme.
 
Expanded Meeting: As side event of the 44th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Monday the 25 of February, 2013, 06:15-07:00 pm at the Temporary North Lawn Building, United Nations, in New-York.
Objectives of the meeting: The purpose of this event is to present the goals, work streams, structure and composition of the Ulaanbaatar Group to national statistical offices and international organizations and to discuss its work plan for 2013 and collect comments, inputs, and support from the participants.

Second Meeting: Moscow, Russian Federation, 17-18 September, 2013
Objectives of the meeting: Develop a harmonized system of standard indicators for data collection. Assess the impact of the mining industry on economies and develop methodological and practical recommendations on how to demonstrate the impact through official statistics. Develop methodologies and indicators for assessing the impact of mining industry on the social sector. Develop practical recommendations for measuring the impact of the mining industry on the environment.

Expanded Meeting of Ulaanbaatar City Group was organized as side event of the 45th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Monday the 3 of March, 2014, 06:15-07:15 pm, United Nations, in New-York.
Objectives of the meeting: The purpose of this event is to present the activities carried out in 2013 and work plan for 2014, discuss and make decisions on issues related to a handbook development and UBCG report to be presented at the 46th session of UNSC.

Third Meetings
: Vienna, Austria, 6-8 August, 2014
Objectives of the meetings: Discuss the processing as a basis of the handbook and work plan for 2014. Support UBCG’s initiative of creating experts’ pool and discuss and exchange knowledge and experience on methodology and country cases. Set out outline for the manual and make decisions on the work plan and preparation of report for UNSC in 2015.

Expert Group Meetings/ Video Conferences:

First video conference: 20 June 2013

Second video conference: 25 December 2013

Participants: Australia, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Russian Federation and UNIDO, UNESCAP and CISSTAT.

Objectives of the video conference: Discussed some of the work that they have been doing in relation to natural resources, the measurement of subsoil assets, the indicator work and the forward work requiring an establishment of priorities for the indicators

Action Items:

  • Members to review indicators and consider priorities for indicators.
  • Members to do a stocktaking of published mining statistics in their country. (Australia to circulate their list as an example)
  • Australia to circulate work on subsoil assets.
  • Mongolia to circulate papers from the Moscow meeting.

Third video conference: 04 February 2014

Participants: Australia, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Russian Federation and UNIDO, UNESCAP and CISSTAT.

Objectives of the video conference: Presented work of Mongolia as well as planned future work. Discussed what indicators are not being estimated and problems to actually estimate these. Future work was discussed with a case study visit to one of the major mines. Presented the experience of Mexico, for both employment and environment data. Discussed measuring jobs versus employees and work on detail definitions for Natural Resource, focussing on specific classifications.

Action Items:

  • Members to review indicators and consider priorities for indicators
  • Members to do a stock take of published mining statistics in their country. (Australia to circulate their list as an example)
  • Paul Roberts to circulate work on subsoil assets.
  • Mongolia to circulate papers from the Moscow meeting.
  • Daniel Clarke to provide a paper on Natural Resources
  • Proposed workshop on Natural Resource definitions within the scope of UBCG

Fourth video conference: 03 April 2014

Objectives of the video conference: present the report of expanded meeting of UN.  Discussion on natural resource and its statistics.

Reporting to the UN Statistical Commission
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Point of contact:

Ulaanbaatar Group Secretariat:

M.Ganchimeg
Director of Foreign Relations and Cooperation Department

D.Oyunbileg
Statistician of Macro-Economic Statistics Department

G.Otgonbayar
Officer of Macro-Economic Statistics Department
National Statistical Office of Mongolia
Email:  international@nso.mn
Website: http://web.nso.mn/ub_city_group/
Tel: 976-51-329125
Tel: 976-51-261567
Fax: 976-11-329125