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In its response to the global economic and financial crisis, the Statistics Division is organising a number of international seminars on the methodology to generate high frequency indicators of economic performance, their international comparability, the communication strategy of such indicators and the development of additional synthesis indicators on the performance of the real economy and the financial markets for effective monitoring. The second meeting of the series is the International Seminar on Early Warning and Business Cycle Indicators, which is scheduled for Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 December 2009 in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, hosted by Statistics Netherlands. It is expected that this seminar will discuss the results from the global assessment of a data template of high frequency indicators and country practices in the preparation of: first GDP estimates; composite indicators; sentiment surveys and their application in tracking the economic crisis.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2009/netherlands/ac202-2.asp

Contact: Herman Smith, Tel: +1 212 963 4679; E-mail: sna@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía of Mexico (INEGI), in its role as the chair of the Friends of the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission, are organizing a meeting on statistical indicators to measure violence against women. The meeting will be hosted by INEGI in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The purpose of the meeting is to: (a) continue the work on developing the indicators in line with the recommendations in the first report submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2009; (b) conduct an in-depth technical review of the methodologies currently applied to observe violence against women; and (c) provide methodological advice for the developing of a set of Guidelines for producing Statistics on Violence Against Women, regarding the selection of core and additional topics, sources of data, relevant statistical classifications, outputs, wording of questions and all other pertinent issues.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/vaw/default.htm

Contact: Srdjan Mrkic, Tel: +1 212 963 4940; E-mail: mrkic@un.org

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the National Institute of Statistics of Tunisia, is organizing a Regional Workshop on census evaluation in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The Workshop will take place from 7-11 December 2009 in Tunis, Tunisia. The purpose of the Workshop is to present an overview of the various methods of evaluating censuses with a focus on the post enumeration survey (PES) methodology. More specifically, the Workshop will cover demographic methods of census evaluation and elements of the PES with regard to: (1) planning and implementation; (2) frames and sample design; (3) methodologies for evaluating content and coverage errors; (4) matching procedures; (5) imputation of missing values; and (6) tabulation and dual system of estimation. The Workshop will also offer the possibility to the participants to present and discuss the experience of their countries on different aspects of census evaluation and the post enumeration survey.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Tunisia_Dec2009/default.htm

Contact: Jean-Michel Durr, Tel. +1 917 367 9165, e-mail: durr@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a Workshop on MDG Monitoring, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in Beirut, Lebanon, from 7 to 10 December 2009. The Workshop will bring together representatives from national statistical offices and line ministries to review recommendations for reporting of MDG data and to establish strategies for dealing with data discrepancies and data gaps at the national and international level.

For more information: http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Host.aspx?Content=Capacity/Beirut.htm


Contact: Maria Martinho, Tel: +1 212 963 4947; E-mail: martinho@un.org

The United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, in its role as the moderator of the Friends of the Chair of the Statistical Commission on Integrated Economic Statistics, and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are organizing a meeting on 7-9 December 2009 in Washington D.C. The meeting will discuss the draft chapters of the Guidelines on Integrated Economic Statistics developed by the Friends of the Chair Group. The Group was established by the Statistical Commission for the purpose of improving the methodology of integrated economic statistics and developing guidelines. The Group includes members from national statistical offices and international organizations. The outcome of the meeting will be suggestions to the lead authors of the chapters for further work on the drafting of the Guidelines.

Contact: Magdolna Csizmadia, Tel: +1 212 963 4819; E-mail: csizmadia@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a workshop on statistics of international trade in services in the Latin American and the Caribbean countries in collaboration with the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) and Banco Central do Brasil and Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The workshop will be hosted by the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE) in Rio de Janeiro between 1 and 4 December 2009.

The objective of the workshop is to train representatives from national statistical offices and central banks from the Latin American and Caribbean countries on methodological development of the statistics of trade in services and also the current country-practices in compiling trade in services statistics. The training will focus on both the interpretation of conceptual issues and options for the implementation of the international recommendations in country specific circumstances and facilitate the establishment of a network of statisticians in the participating countries working on service trade statistics.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/Workshops/Rio/default.htm

Contact: Karoly Kovacs, Tel: +1 212 963 4748; E-mail: kovacs@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division, in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, has developed a free software package, CensusInfo, to help countries disseminate census data on CD-ROM and on the web. CensusInfo was officially launched at the 40th session of the Statistical Commission in February 2009 and is available on-line. The overall purpose of the UNSD Workshop, to be held in Bamako (Mali), is to develop participants’ capacities to use CensusInfo to its full potential as a platform for disseminating census data. The workshop has been designed using an outcome-based training methodology consisting of a series of demonstrations followed by practical exercises. The sessions include designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including data exchange to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes. The workshop will be conducted in French in AFRISTAT facilities in Bamako, Mali, from 30 November to 4 December 2009, and attended by French-speaking countries from Africa.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Mali_Nov2009/default.htm

Contact: Amor Laaribi, Tel. +1 212 963 3042; E-mail: laaribi@un.org


Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services
Paris, France, 19-20 November 2009

The Interagency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TFSITS) was established at the request of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and UNCTAD to the Statistical Commission in 1994. The Task Force is convened by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and consists of Eurostat, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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At its next meeting (19-20 November 2009) TFSITS is focusing on the finalization of the text of the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010 (MSITS 2010) and to draft a report to be submitted for the approval of the UN Statistical Commission (SC) in 2010. TFSITS is to discuss the following topics: the implementation process of the revised manual, including preparing a compilation guidance; the quality of SITS data and comparability of databases at different international organizations; the promotion of MSITS 2010.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/TFSITS/meetings-tf.htm

Contact: Karoly Kovacs, Tel: +1 212 963 4748; E-mail: kovacs@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Instituto Nacional de Estatística of Mozambique, is organizing a Regional Workshop on CensusInfo in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The Workshop will take place from 10-13 November 2009 in Maputo, Mozambique.

The United Nations Statistics Division, in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, has developed a free software package, CensusInfo to help countries disseminate census data on CD-ROM and on the web. CensusInfo offers specific functionalities to enhance census data dissemination, including a user-friendly interface, template reports for presentation of data at any geographical level, as well as graphing and mapping facilities. CensusInfo can be customized, in terms of the graphical layout, the list of statistics/indicators and geographical levels for data presentation. CensusInfo was officially launched at the 40th session of the Statistical Commission in February 2009 and is available on-line.

The overall purpose of the Workshop is to develop participants’ capacities to use CensusInfo to its full potential as a platform for disseminating census data. The workshop has been designed using an outcome-based training methodology consisting of a series of demonstrations followed by practical exercises. The sessions include designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including data exchange to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Mozambique_10Nov09/default.htm

Contact: Margaret Mbogoni, Tel. +1 212 963 7845; E-mail: mbogoni@un.org

Expert Group Meeting on the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics
UNHQ, New York, 10-12 November 2009

The meeting is organized by UNSD in collaboration with Statistics Canada. The objectives of the meeting are to discuss a conceptual framework that best supports an integrative approach to environment statistics and helps countries to establish and improve their national environment statistics systems. The meeting will review the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics and its accompanying handbooks and will advise UNSD on the directions to take in the revision of these documents as well as on the modalities of the revision process. The conclusions of the EGM will be submitted to the 41st Session of the Statistical Commission in February 2010.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/fdes.htm

Contact: Eszter Horvath, Tel. +1 212 963 4581; E-mail: horvath@un.org


Second Meeting of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics
(EG-IMTS)
New York, 3-6 November 2009

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs is organizing the second meeting of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics from 3 to 6 November 2009 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting is to review and endorse the provisional draft of the revised recommendations for international merchandise trade statistics which has to be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for adoption at its 41st Session (23-26 February 2010). Also, the Expert Group will discuss a number of issues relevant to the development of the implementation program of the revised recommendations. Experts from different countries and regions as well as from international and regional organizations active in the area of international merchandise trade statistics will be participating in this meeting.

The provisional draft of the revised recommendations contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions, 2010 (IMTS2010) has been submitted for a worldwide consultation and is available together with further information about the revision process on the UNSD website at:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20web%20announcement.htm

For information and documents please visit:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/EG-IMTS/EG-IMTS%20Nov%202009.html

Contact: Matthias Reister, Tel: +1 917 367-7098; E-mail: reister@un.org

The theme of the eighteenth conference is “Spatial Enablement and the Response to Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals". In February 1948, the Economic and Social Council recommended that Governments of Member States stimulate surveying and mapping of their national territories and that the Secretary-General of the United Nations take appropriate action to further such efforts. A Committee of Experts on Cartography was appointed by the Secretary General to study the problem and advise upon the means of its implementation. The first meeting of the committee of experts on cartography was held in 1955.

The current Conference would bring together specialists from Asia and the Pacific and other parts of the world, and provide an opportunity to review and assess how well geographic information can be used in dealing with critical issues such as spatial enablement and responses to climate change. It would also give an opportunity to identify the impediments and barriers that still exist, with a view to suggesting appropriate solutions in order to overcome them.

For information and documents please visit: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/METHODS/CARTOG/unrccap.htm

Contact: Yacob Zewoldi, Tel: +1 212 963-0445; E-mail: zewoldi@un.org

A Regional Workshop on Data Management will be held in Kampala, Uganda, from 26 to 28 October 2009. The workshop is organized by the African Centre for Statistics (ACS), with the support of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the African Union Commission (AUC) and in close collaboration with the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21), and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS). The workshop will bring together representatives from National Statistical Offices (NSOs), sub regional, regional, and international organizations with special interest in data management and dissemination in Africa. The main purposes of the Workshop are to: (i) Provide a forum for exchange of information on the emerging issues in statistical data management and dissemination; (ii) Promote the use of statistical databases and dissemination of data on the web; and (iii) Share experiences and best practices in statistical data management and data dissemination in the countries and sub-regional organizations.

Contact: Francesca Grum, Tel: +1 917 367 9311; E-mail: grum@un.org

Expert Group Meeting on SDMX for MDG Indicators
Geneva, Switzerland, 23 October 2009

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) for Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Indicators. The meeting will be held in Geneva on 23 October 2009, hosted by the International Labour Organization. The purpose of this Expert Group Meeting is to share experiences on the use of the SDMX standards for the exchange of data and metadata on MDG Indicators. The SDMX is a platform for data and metadata exchange that will greatly facilitate the exchange of MDG data among countries and between countries and international agencies. The event will also be an opportunity to review, with national and international experts, the necessary steps to implement the SDMX platform at the national level, including identifying key areas in which international agencies could provide technical assistance.

Contact: Mauricio Saavedra, Tel: +1 917 367 9311; E-mail: saavedram@un.org

This Inter-agency and Expert Group meeting is part of the yearly consultation with both national experts and international agencies to review and discuss issues related to the global MDG monitoring, including the production of the MDG global monitoring outputs, reporting systems on MDG indicators, country capacity building as well as the coordination of technical cooperation activities in countries.

Contact: Maria Martinho, Tel: +1 212 963 4947; E-mail: martinho@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat, is organizing a Regional Workshop on CensusInfo in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The Workshop will take place from 12-15 October 2009 in Georgetown, Guyana.

The United Nations Statistics Division, in partnership with UNICEF and UNFPA, has developed a free software package, CensusInfo to help countries disseminate census data on CD-ROM and on the web. CensusInfo offers specific functionalities to enhance census data dissemination, including a user-friendly interface, template reports for presentation of data at any geographical level, as well as graphing and mapping facilities. CensusInfo can be customized, in terms of the graphical layout, the list of statistics/indicators and geographical levels for data presentation. CensusInfo was officially launched at the 40th session of the Statistical Commission in February 2009 and is available on-line.

The overall purpose of the Workshop is to develop participants’ capacities to use CensusInfo to its full potential as a platform for disseminating census data. The workshop has been designed using an outcome-based training methodology consisting of a series of demonstrations followed by practical exercises. The sessions include designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including data exchange to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Guyana_Oct2009/default.htm

Contact: Jean-Michel Durr, Tel. +1 917 367 9165, e-mail: durr@un.org

September 2009

Improving Gender Statistics on Employment
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 28 September-2 October, 2009

The UNSD, in collaboration with the Department of Statistics of the International Labour Organization and the Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics, will conduct a Workshop on the Production of Statistics on Informal Sector Employment and Informal Employment from 28 September to 2 October 2009 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop is being organized as part of the World Bank funded project "Improving Gender Statistics on Employment". The Workshop will provide training on methods of measuring employment in the informal sector and in informal employment; as well as on the uses, tabulation and analysis of statistics on women and men in the informal sector and in informal employment. Participants will present and discuss recent experience in producing data on informal sector employment and informal employment, with a view to promoting the development of a model set of LFS questions on the topic to improve the overall quality and comparability of the information collected in the SADC region.

Contact: Erlinda Go, Tel: +1 212 963 4507; E-mail: go@un.org

A National Accounts Workshop is being organised by Afristat, in Bamako, Mali, from 21-25 September 2009. The purpose of the workshop is to have an interactive discussion on National Accounts issues brought about by the update of the System of National Accounts and the main challenges faced by African countries on national accounts issues. The workshop is part of efforts to increase statistical capacity building in the region and to support countries in formulating an implementation programme of the 2008 SNA according to the implementation strategy approved by the Statistical Commission.

Contact: Herman Smith, Tel: +1 212 963 4679; E-mail: sna@un.org

The International Seminar on Environment Statistics and Accounting which is organized by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), with the support of UNSD, will take place in Rio de Janeiro from 21 to 22 September 2009. The seminar aims at raising awareness in Brazil and the region more generally, of the importance of integrating environmental and economic information into a common framework, the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), to produce information needed for policy and decision making related to the environment and sustainable development.

The seminar seeks to develop a dialogue between the main users and producers of environmental information in Brazil by identifying the information needed for policy making and by discussing how the environmental accounting framework meets these needs. Experience in other regions of the world as well as in countries more advanced in the implementation of the SEEA will help in stimulating the discussion on how the integrated information system could be implemented in Brazil.
The international seminar will be followed by three days national workshop focusing on water and land and ecosystem accounts.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/workshops/brazil2009/lod.htm

Contact: Alessandra Alfieri, +1 212 963 4590; E-mail: alfieri@un.org

UNSD, in collaboration with the UNECA, is organizing a Regional Workshop for English speaking African countries on census evaluation in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses.  

The purpose of the Workshop is to present an overview of the various methods of evaluating censuses with a focus on the post enumeration survey (PES) methodology. More specifically, the Workshop will cover elements of the PES with regard to: (1) planning and implementation; (2) frames and sample design; (3) methodologies for evaluating content and coverage errors; (4) matching procedures; (5) imputation of missing values; and (6) tabulation and dual system of estimation. The Workshop will also offer the possibility to the participants to present and discuss the experience of their countries on different aspects of census evaluation and the post enumeration survey.

Contact: Jean-Michel Durr, Tel. +1 917 367 9165, e-mail: durr@un.org

International Workshop on Implementation of ISIC and CPC
Kunming, China, 14-16 September 2009

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) China is organizing an International Workshop on the Implementation of ISIC and CPC from 14-16 September 2009 in Kunming, China. The workshop will focus on issues of implementation of the Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Revision 4, the Central Product Classification (CPC) Version 2 and will cover general implementation such as the setup of an implementation plan, the development of national adaptations, the implementation of the revised classifications in the business register and surveys, as well as issues of backcasting. The workshop will also discuss the interpretation and application of the classifications in key areas of interest, based on new concepts introduced.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/training/china09/ac191-2.asp

Contact: Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4600; E-mail: beckerr@un.org

The Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) was established in 2002, taking over its key objectives from the former Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC) Subcommittee on Statistical Activities, namely to promote coordination, integration and complementarity among the statistical programmes of the international organizations. Members of the Committee comprise international and supranational organizations, whose mandate includes the provision of international official statistics in the context of the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities, and which have a permanent embedded statistical service in their organization and regular contacts with countries.

The Committee meets twice a year and an annual report on its ongoing activities is made available to the United Nations Statistical Commission and, if necessary or desirable, the report is referred to the High Level Committee on Programmes of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). This is the first time the CCSA Session will be held in Asia, hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

The agenda of the Fourteenth CCSA meeting includes a special session on the Governance of the Global Statistical System and the role of CCSA, and discussions on various topics, such as population estimates, use of non-official data in estimations made by the international organizations, reporting mechanisms on Statistical Capacity Building activities, modalities of data sharing among the international organizations, quality assurance frameworks, SDMX, celebration of the World Statistics Day, etc.

For more information please refer to the CCSA website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/accsub-public/workpartner_ccsa.htm

Contact: Youlia Antonova, Statistics Division, +1 917 367 3376; E-mail: antonova@un.org

The next meeting of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications will take place from 1-4 September 2009 in New York. The Expert group will discuss a variety of topics including the implementation of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), the Central Product Classification (CPC), including documents for the implementation and application of these classifications, the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO), the development of environment- and energy-related classifications, the review of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the International Classification for Health Accounts (ICHA).

Website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/expertgroup/2009/ac190-2.asp

Contact: Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4600; E-mail: beckerr@un.org

August 2009

The joint meeting will bring together statisticians and environmental experts from the countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region and South-Eastern Europe as well as from other European countries and international/regional organizations. The objectives of the meeting are to (i) discuss priorities and modalities of cooperation on methodological issues of environmental indicators in 2009-2010; (ii) review in detail selected indicators covered by the UNECE Indicator Guidelines to provide practical recommendations on the use of statistical classifications, data collection methods and procedures for the production of indicators; (iii) exchange information on international developments related to environmental indicators that may be important but are currently not included in the Guidelines and provide references to available guidance materials; (iv) initiate discussions on modern presentation formats and tools for effective dissemination of environmental indicators including the use of modern information technologies.

Further information is available at: http://unece.org/stats/documents/2009.05.environ.htm

Contact: Daniel Clarke, Tel: +1 917-367-7048, email: clarke@un.org

The theme of the ninth meeting is “Building Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Disaster Prevention and Management”. UNRCC-A is convened every four years. The first meeting of the committee of experts on cartography was held in 1976 to stimulate the survey and mapping of national territories, study the problem and advise upon means of implementation.

For information and documents on the Ninth UNRCC-A, please visit http://unstats.un.org/unsd/METHODS/CARTOG/unrcca.htm.

Contact: Yacob Zewoldi, Tel: +1 212 963-0445; E-mail: zewoldi@un.org

The purpose of the Workshop is to present an overview of the various methods of evaluating censuses with a focus on the post enumeration survey (PES) methodology. More specifically, the Workshop will cover elements of the PES with regard to: (1) planning and implementation; (2) frames and sample design; (3) methodologies for evaluating content and coverage errors; (4) matching procedures; (5) imputation of missing values; and (6) tabulation and dual system of estimation. The Workshop will also offer the possibility to the participants to present and discuss the experience of their countries on different aspects of census evaluation and the post enumeration survey.

For more information, please see website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Paraguay_3Aug09/default.htm

Contact: Jean-Michel Durr, Tel. +1 917 367 9165, e-mail: durr@un.org

July 2009

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)/Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Central Statistical Organisation, India is organizing a workshop on National Accounts for South Asian countries. The workshop will take place on 6-9 July 2009 in New Delhi, India, hosted by the Central Statistical Organisation, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation of India.

The workshop is part of UNSD’s efforts to strengthen statistical capacity building in the region and as such relates to the framework of the project “Strengthening statistical capacity building in support of progress towards the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in countries of South Asia.”

The purpose of the workshop is to have an interactive discussion on the methodology for compiling Quarterly National Accounts following production approach and related issues such as, the timeliness and reliability of source data, benchmarking and rebasing, volume measures and back casting in view of the update of the SNA and the revision of ISIC. It is foreseen that workshop discussions will also contribute to a regional strategy to harmonize data collection, compilation and revision policies, quality standards and the extension of the scope and detail of the quarterly national accounts in the region.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2009/india/lod.asp

Contact: Gulab Singh, Statistics Division, +1 212 963 3904; E-mail: singh46@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with Korea National Statistical Office (KNSO) is organizing the Second International Workshop on Economic Census. The workshop is dedicated to the topics of great relevance for the establishment and maintenance of a sound foundation for the compilation of economic statistics in countries at different levels of economic development. It is a follow up event to the First International Workshop on Economic Census, jointly organized by UNSD and the National Bureau of Statistics of China in 2005, which evaluated the potential of the economic census for production of high quality and policy relevant economic statistics and concluded that it serves as the cornerstone for the economic statistics infrastructure of many countries.

The workshop is aiming to provide a discussion forum for country representatives and international experts to share and document their experiences in economic census and its role in addressing the challenges faced by the National Statistical Offices in measuring the constantly changing economies. The workshop will review all aspects of the conduct of an economic census – from its planning, through data collection and processing, to the dissemination and analysis of census results.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/economic_stat/Economic_Census/2ndIWEconomicCensus.htm
http://www.geni-pco.com/iwec/

Contact: Youlia Antonova, Statistics Division, +1 917 367 3376; E-mail: antonova@un.org

June 2009

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) is an intergovernmental body providing strategic vision and direction to environmental-economic accounting and related statistics. The Fourth Meeting of the UNCEEA will discuss the policy relevance of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics framework to measure the nexus between economic growth, development and the environment including climate change. In particular, it will discuss the contribution of these frameworks and more broadly of the statistical community to global initiatives related to climate change, the green economy, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Senior experts from academia and the policy and scientific community will be invited to participate in the meetings.

The UNCEEA will also review progress made in the revision of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), the implementation of the SEEAW and monitor the progress of work of various technical groups and city groups working under its auspices.

More information will be available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/meetings.asp

Contact: Alessandra Alfieri, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4590; E-mail: alfieri@un.org

UNdata—Data Managers' Meeting
New York, 22-24 June 2009

The second UNdata—Data Managers' Meeting will be held in New York from 22 to 24 June 2009, hosted by the UN Statistics Division. The meeting will gather experts from international agencies to exchange ideas on data and metadata dissemination. The meeting will cover several topics including: recent and future developments in the UNdata portal in terms of content and functionalities; current initiatives in data dissemination practices in UNdata partner agencies; and possible ways to strengthen cooperation and formalize agreements for collaboration.

Visit UNdata at http://data.un.org/wiki/AboutUs.ashx

Contact: Francesca Grum, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4940; E-mail: grum@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division/Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD), in collaboration with the Central Bureau of Statistics of Namibia, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) are organizing a workshop on National Accounts for SADC countries.

The workshop is part of UNSD’s efforts to increase statistical capacity building in the region and as such relates to the framework of the project “Strengthening statistical capacity building in support of progress towards the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in the Southern African Development Community region”.

The purpose of the workshop is to discuss National Accounts issues brought about by the update of the System of National Accounts and main challenges faced by SADC countries on national accounts issues such as, the timeliness and reliability of source data, benchmarking and rebasing, volume measures and back casting in view of the update of the SNA and ISIC. It is foreseen that these discussions would contribute to a regional strategy to harmonize data collection, compilation and revision policies, and quality standards to extend the scope and detail of the national accounts in the region.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops.asp

Contact: Herman Smith, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4679; E-mail: sna@un.org

The objective of the workshop is to train representatives from national statistical offices, national tourism authorities and central banks from the South East Asian countries on methodological development of tourism statistics and also the current country-practices in compiling tourism statistics. The training will focus on both the interpretation of conceptual issues and options for the implementation of the international recommendations in country specific circumstances and facilitate the establishment of a network of statisticians in the South East Asian countries working on tourism statistics.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/Workshops/Vientiane/default.htm

Contact: Karoly Kovacs, Tel: +1 212 963 4748; E-mail: kovacs@un.org

The Regional Workshop on the latest Information Technologies in Knowledge Transfer is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division in cooperation with UNESCAP, and is hosted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. The workshop will take place from 15-18 June in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The workshop is part of the UN/DESA Development Account project for the strengthening of the statistical capacity of the countries of South Asia.

One of the objectives of the project is to establish an IT network, which will aim to provide a forum for technical dialogue among countries in the region for promotion of knowledge management in the form of common platforms for data and metadata exchange and the sharing of information on methodologies and statistical analysis. Within the SAARC Secretariat context it is expected that decisions will be taken on the modalities of the common platforms, including a concept paper for the design and organization of the community website with interactive technology (electronic forum, wiki, etc).

This workshop will give an overview of the latest technologies in knowledge transfer; it will discuss traditional knowledge bases and web forums, as well as usage of social networking in knowledge sharing. Data dissemination and data exchange technologies, such as SDMX, will be treated also. One of the outcomes of this Regional Workshop should relate to the practical bottlenecks at individual country level, which may prevent the community website from becoming actively used. In that regard countries will be invited to make presentation on their statistical systems and their practices in communication, data sharing and data dissemination.

Contact: Ronald Jansen, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 5980; E-mail: jansen1@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China is organizing an international workshop on measuring production in national accounting from appropriate basic economic data sources. This workshop is the first in a series of events to be organized under the project on strengthening statistical capacity development in China and other developing countries in Asia funded by the Chinese Government. With the objective to enhance the capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries to produce reliable and high quality national accounts estimates, the workshop will give an overview on the production approach in the System of National Accounts and address the data and measurement issues of the agricultural, manufacturing and the services sectors. The informal sector will also be discussed.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/economic_stat/china/pgdp/pgrp-china-workshop.htm

Contact: Youlia Antonova, Statistics Division, +1 917 367 3376; E-mail: antonova@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), is organizing a Workshop on Manufacturing Statistics, scheduled for 1-4 June 2009 in Santiago, Chile. This workshop continues the programme for the development of comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in the Latin American region. Building on topics discussed at previously held workshops, this proposed workshop will in particular focus on the conduct of manufacturing surveys, including the planning and management of surveys, sampling issues, questionnaire design and data collection issues, as well as specific methods and techniques used for capturing small and household units.

Further information is available at:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/industry/meetings/eclac2009/ac177-2.asp

Contact: Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, +1 212 963 4600; E-mail: beckerr@un.org

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), is conducting a technical workshop to assist countries with the implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water). The workshop is being hosted by ECLAC in Santiago, Chile and will take place from 1 to 4 June 2009. The workshop has a practical focus and will provide countries with the necessary training to implement the System of Environmental and Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA-Water). The workshop will cover the SEEA-Water standard tables, how they are compiled, and global implementation of the SEEA-Water. Participating countries will share experiences in implementing the SEEA-Water, compile SEEA-Water Standard tables using national data and develop a plan for the implementation of the SEEA-Water in participating countries.

Contact: Michael Vardon, Tel: +1 917 367 5391; E-mail: vardon@un.org

May 2009

The seminar is jointly organised by the United Nations Statistics Division/ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD), the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) and Statistics Canada. The seminar will be hosted by Statistics Canada.

The present economic and financial crisis is characterized by its magnitude and speed, apart from its interconnected nature across all domestic sectors of the economy and its global cross border spill-over, impacting developed, emerging and developing economies alike. Analyst and policy makers urgently need high frequency statistics which are timely, reliable and comparable over time and between countries and regions to monitor the development of the crisis. These high frequency statistics are instrumental in the analysis of the turning points of the crisis in support of swift and synchronized policy actions at the global and national level.

This seminar will bring together around 50 countries and 15 international and regional agencies. In a collaborative effort between national and international statistical and central bank authorities, an assessment will be made about the availability, timeliness and quality of high frequency estimates and the innovative techniques applied in accelerating the release of rapid estimates. The assessment will cover broad sets of high frequency estimates like for national accounts, prices, production, external sector, government, sector, household sector and financial sector.

It is expected that this assessment will render a repository of country practices offering descriptions of national practices in the release of rapid estimates including the modelling, econometric and collection techniques used for the different types of rapid estimates. The joint assessment of this inventory during the seminar should determine the work priorities for the various sets of national and global rapid estimates. When desired and supported by the countries, an agreed statistical framework for the global monitoring of the global economic and financial crisis and the impacts of the crisis on countries and vulnerable population groups within the countries could be considered based on timely and comparable sets of near term indicators.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2009/ottawa/lod.asp

Contact: Magdolna Csizmadia, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4819; E-mail: sna@un.org

Expert Group Meeting on National Accounts
Cairo, Egypt, 12-14 May 2009

An Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on national accounts is being jointly organised by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the United Nations Statistics Division from 12 to 14 May 2009 in Cairo, Egypt.

The EGM will discuss the assessment of the country practices of the ESCWA region for compiling internationally comparable national accounts. The EGM will also discuss national accounts issues in implementing the revised 2008 System of National Accounts and new classifications of economic activities and products and the main challenges faced by ESCWA countries on issues such as rebasing and linking of national accounts, backcasting, benchmarking and volume measures. Measures for the exhaustive coverage of economic activities in the national accounts including the measurement of the informal sector activities will also be deliberated in the EGM. It is expected that the discussions would contribute to the formulation of a regional plan for implementation of the revised macroeconomic accounting standards of the 2008 SNA for the countries in the region.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops.asp

Contact: Gulab Singh, Tel: +1 212 963-3904; E-mail: singh46@un.org

The Twenty-fifth session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will take place at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, from 5 to 12 May 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya. This is the first time that UNGEGN is meeting in Africa. Experts from over 100 countries are expected to attend the session to discuss standardization of geographical names and other related issues. A poster exhibit and training on toponymy will be organized in conjunction with the session. African countries are encouraged to participate in order to show their work on names in connection with mapping or cultural heritage, for example: field collection of names; names and maps; gazetteers and/or databases, etc. The session is organized by the UNGEGN Bureau and the Statistics Division of DESA (Secretariat of UNGEGN) in collaboration with UN Economic Commission for Africa.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/default.htm

Contact: Yacob Zewoldi, Tel: +1 212 963-0445; E-mail: zewoldi@un.org

Workshop on Manufacturing Statistics for African Countries
Lusaka, Zambia, 4-7 May 2009

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a Workshop on Manufacturing Statistics, in collaboration with the Central Statistical Office (CSO) of Zambia, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The workshop will take place from 4 to 7 May 2009 in Lusaka, Zambia.

The workshop is part of UNSD's efforts to increase statistical capacity building in the region and as such relates to the framework of the project "Strengthening statistical capacity building in support of progress towards the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in the Southern African Development Community region", while reaching out to other countries in the region as well.

The main purpose of this workshop is to initiate a programme for the development of comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics for African countries. As a first step in this programme, the workshop will review the state of manufacturing statistics in participating African countries including scope, definitions, measurement and methodology used in the compilation of manufacturing statistics.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/industry/meetings/eca2009

Contact: Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, Tel: +1 212 963 4600; E-mail: beckerr@un.org

UNSD/ECE Joint Meeting on Environmental Indicators
Chisinau, Republic of Moldova,
(POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

The joint meeting will bring together statisticians and environmental experts from the countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region and South-Eastern Europe as well as from other European countries and international/regional organizations. The objectives of the meeting are to (i) discuss priorities and modalities of cooperation on methodological issues of environmental indicators in 2009-2010; (ii) review in detail selected indicators covered by the UNECE Indicator Guidelines to provide practical recommendations on the use of statistical classifications, data collection methods and procedures for the production of indicators; (iii) exchange information on international developments related to environmental indicators that may be important but are currently not included in the Guidelines and provide references to available guidance materials; (iv) initiate discussions on modern presentation formats and tools for effective dissemination of environmental indicators including the use of modern information technologies.

Further information is available at: http://unece.org/stats/documents/2009.05.environ.htm

Contact: Daniel Clarke, Tel: +1 917-367-7048, email: clarke@un.org

April 2009

The 14th meeting of the London Group on Environmental Accounting will discuss topics in the list of issues for Volume 1 of the revised System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) , the international statistical standard. The revision of the SEEA is a project under the coordination and management of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA). The agenda include, among others, the following topics: classification of physical flows, land use/land cover classification, emission permits, accounting for carbon in forest and soil, natural resource management and expenditure accounts, definition and use of environmental taxes and subsidies and the environmental goods and services industry.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup

Contact: Alessandra Alfieri, +1 212 963 4590; E-mail: alfieri@un.org
The United Nations Statistics Division UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN/ECLAC) and the Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE)of Colombia organizes a workshop for Developing Countries on the Revision of the Recommendations for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS), which will take place from 31 March to 3 April 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia. This workshop is part of a special effort of UNSD and UN/ECLAC to inform and receive feedback from developing countries on the IMTS revision process. The focus of the workshop will be on the concepts and definitions for international merchandise trade statistics as contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics, Revision 2 (IMTS, Rev.2), and their application in countries.

Further information is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/workshops_imts.htm

Contact: Matthias Reister, Tel: +1 917-367-7098, E-mail: reister@un.org

Meeting of the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TFIMTS), 10-11 March 2009, and the Joint Session of the Inter-Agency Task Forces on International Merchandise Trade Statistics and of Statistics of International Trade in Services 12 March 2009
Bangkok, Thailand

The major item on the agenda of the Task Force on International Merchandise Trade Statistics (TFIMTS) will be the revision of the international recommendations on IMTS—the draft revised recommendations are scheduled to be submitted to the Statistical Commission for adoption at its forty-first session in 2010. The meeting will discuss the results of the first round of worldwide consultation and the recent virtual meeting of the Expert Group on IMTS as well as further work during 2009 and beyond (update of the compilers manual, implementation and critical issues for IMTS). Besides other methodological developments, issues related to trade databases and trade analysis are also on the agenda. The Joint Session of the Inter-Agency Task Forces on International Merchandise Trade Statistics and of Statistics of International Trade in Services will cover overlapping issues of trade in goods and services.

Contact: Matthias Reister, Tel: +1 917-367-7098, E-mail: reister@un.org


Meeting of the Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services(TFSITS), 10-11 March 2009, and the Joint Session of the Inter-Agency Task Forces on International Merchandise Trade Statistics and of Statistics of International Trade in Services 12 March 2009
Bangkok, Thailand

The Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services (TFSITS) will discuss the revision of the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS) with the aim of submitting it for the approval of the UN Statistical Commission in 2010. The following items are also on the agenda of the TF: compilation guidance to support the use of the MSITS, problems of data quality and historical consistency and the experience and plans in ECLAC and APEC region, TFSITS web-site and newsletter, upcoming seminars and expert group meetings. The Joint Session of the Inter-Agency Task Forces on International Merchandise Trade Statistics and of Statistics of International Trade in Services will discuss the report from the Statistical Commission and the Working Group on the Impact of Globalization on National Accounts, Coverage of trade statistics—goods for processing and intra-firm trade of multinationals.

Contact: Karoly Kovacs, Tel: +1 212 963 4748; E-mail: kovacs@un.org

February 2009

40th Session of the UN Statistical Commission
New York, 24-27 February 2009

The Fortieth session of the Statistical Commission is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 24 to 27 February 2009 in the United Nations Secretariat Building. On the opening day (Tuesday, 24 February 2009), the session will be held in the General Assembly Hall. Subsequent meetings from 25-27 February will be held in Conference Room 3.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/commission_40th_session.htm

Contact: Li Wang, Tel: +1 212 963 9547, E-mail: wangl@un.org

The 2009 Global Forum is the second of a series of international meetings on gender statistics to be held annually with the purpose of promoting the advancement of gender statistics among decision makers and all other user groups. The 2009 Forum will serve to solidify the momentum gained with the launch in December 2007 of the Global Gender Statistics Programme and the Interagency Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS). In addition, the 2009 Forum will review best practices in the incorporation of a gender perspective in national statistical systems and in the measurement of women’s participation in and contributions to the economy. During the Forum, national-level experiences on integrating gender into population and housing census and household survey data collection processes and analysis will also be presented. The Forum will serve to highlight the need for statistics to respond to requirements for monitoring progress towards the attainment of gender equity goals and targets, including the Millennium Development Goals, PRSPs, Beijing Platform for Action and CEDAW. Furthermore, the IAEG-GS will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the Forum to review the work of the two advisory groups on gender statistics and propose future actions for the groups.

More information will be available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Ghana_Jan2009/default.htm

Contact: Linda Hooper, Tel: +1 212 963 7771, E-mail: hooper@un.org