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National Seminar on Census Data Analysis
Monrovia, Liberia, 12-14 December 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) will organize a National Seminar on Census Data Analysis in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The purpose of the Seminar is to assist the LISGIS on undertaking in-depth analysis of census data to produce an analytical report on the selected topics. The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) youth and internal migration and (ii) employment and education. During the national seminar, the staff of LISGIS will attend the lectures on the topics of focus and engage in preliminary data analyses of 2008 census data. After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

Contact: Meryem Demirci, Tel. +1 212 963 3471, e-mail: demircim@un.org

Meeting on compilation issues of IMTS 2010
Mexico City, 6-9 December 2011

UNSD/DESA and INEGI (the national statistical office of Mexico) will jointly organize a meeting on compilation issues of international merchandise trade statistics. The purpose of the meeting is to review the full draft Compilers Manual for the collection, processing and dissemination of trade statistics and to gather country experiences and good practices. Participants in this meeting will be trade statistics experts from developing and developed countries. The meeting will cover all aspects of quality assurance of merchandise trade statistics and will discuss issues like data sources (customs administration and enterprise surveys), institutional arrangements for data exchange, integration of trade data from different sources, data processing, preparation of meta-data, dissemination of data and the calculation of external trade indices.

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

National Workshop on CensusInfo
Kampara, Uganda, 5-9 December 2011

Organized by UNSD in collaboration with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), the workshop is designed to demonstrate through in-depth, hands-on experiences, the potential of CensusInfo as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The participants of UBOS will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The sessions will include hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications as well as an introduction in the process of web-enabling the CensusInfo database. The objective of the training is to create a first version of a Uganda CensusInfo application including maps and a subset of data/indicators based on data of the 2002 census and earlier censuses if available.

Contact: Jan Beise Tel. +1 212 963 4966, e-mail: beise@un.org

Workshop on Environment Statistics
Yaounde, Cameroon, 5-9 December 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Economic Commission of Africa, is organizing a Workshop on Environment Statistics for the francophone Central African countries which will take place in Yaounde, Cameroon from 5 to 9 December 2011. The main objectives of the Workshop are to: (a) adopt a list of environmental statistics and indicators for the Central African region for national and regional reporting; (b) review methodologies for the ECOWAS regional core set of environmental indicators for use in this region; (c) develop a way forward for a draft regional programme on environment statistics; (d) train participants from national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies on basic concepts, methods and best practices in environment statistics; and (e) provide a forum for exchange of information on the status of national environment statistics.

Contact: Karen Cassamajor Tel. +1 212 963 4561, e-mail: cassamajor@un.org

Workshop on Environment Statistics for the South-East Asian Countries
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 5-7 December 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in cooperation with the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, will organize a Workshop on Environment Statistics for the South-East Asian countries from 5 to 7 December 2011 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. This workshop is being organized within the framework of the UNDESA Development Account Project on Building Statistical Capacity in the Low Income Countries of South-East Asia.
This workshop is aimed at assisting the participating countries by providing the fundamentals of environment statistics from the global and national perspectives, while learning more closely about the environmental challenges and statistical needs from the countries; introducing the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics, the Core Set of Environment Statistics and the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics. The need for environment statistics and indicators, methodological developments, global data collections and international sources of environment statistics, as well as resources needed to engage in production of environment statistics will also be discussed at the workshop.
Participating countries will include the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (host), the Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Contact: Rayen Quiroga, Tel. +1 917 367 4201, e-mail: quirogar@un.org

Workshop on the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008, statistics in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and South and East Europe (SEE) region
Kiev, Ukraine, 29 November – 2 December 2011

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is organizing this workshop on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. The workshop is hosted by the State Statistical Committee of Ukraine. The purpose of the workshop is to initiate the formulation of an implementation plan for the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics in the EECCA and SEE region with the objective of developing comparable economic statistics for monitoring the integration of their economies. The regional plan will be part of the global implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics. The workshop will also discuss the treatment of conceptual issues, such as the recording of financial services and research and development in the national accounts. The expected outcome is consensus among participants on the implementation of the 2008 SNA.

Contact: Herman Smith, Tel: +1 212 963 4679, e-mail: smith33@un.org

Regional Workshop on CensusInfo
New Delhi, India, 28-30 November 2011

Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, the Regional Workshop on CensusInfo will take place in New Delhi, India from 28 to 30 November 2011. Representatives of about 20 countries from the Asian region are expected to participate in the workshop. The workshop is intended to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of census data as well as highlight CensusInfo’s potential as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The workshop will demonstrate the various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo, including the preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The workshop sessions will also include hands-on training on using the CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications.

Contact: Seiffe Tadesse, Tel. +1 212 963 4972, e-mail: tadesse5@un.org

United Nations Sub-regional Workshop on Census Data Evaluation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 14-17 November 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Cambodian Institute of Statistics will organize a Workshop on Census Data Evaluation from 14 to 17 November 2011 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This workshop will be organized within the framework of the UN/DESA Development Account project for strengthening the statistical capacity of countries in South-East Asia. The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the technical capacity of the participating countries to identify types of errors in census data and to apply methods of evaluating the quality of census data. Representatives from national statistical offices of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are invited to the workshop. The workshop will also provide the forum to discuss national practices and to exchange experiences and lessons learned among the participating countries.

Contact: Meryem Demirci, Tel. +1 212 963 3471, e-mail: demircim@un.org

Burkina Faso National Seminar on Census Data Analysis
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 14-16 November 2011

The Burkina Faso National Seminar on Census Data Analysis is scheduled to be held from 14 to 16 November in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The main objective of the national seminar is to provide an opportunity for the staff member of the Burkina Faso Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie to further analyze data from the 2006 population and housing census of Burkina Faso on selected topics. The ultimate objective is to promote greater analysis and dissemination of the data collected from the 2006 census. The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) population projections at municipal level, (ii) analysis of data on migration, and (iii) analysis of data on educational characteristics. After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.htm

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

Consultative Meeting on Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Violence against Women
Beirut, Lebanon, 8-10 November 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will conduct a Consultative Meeting to Review the Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Violence against Women, from 8 - 10 November, in ESCWA premises in Beirut, Lebanon. The draft Guidelinesprovides comprehensive methodological guidance regarding the selection of core and additional topics, sources of data, relevant statistical classifications, outputs, wording of the questions and all other pertinent issues related to conducting statistical surveys to measure violence against women. The meeting will review the text in detail and, upon incorporation of all the inputs, the final version will be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for approval.

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

Measuring trade patterns and global value chains in East Asia, Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics as a follow-up to the Global Forum
Beijing, China, 24-26 October 2011

At the Global Forum on Trade Statistics in February 2011 in Geneva, policy makers and chief statisticians both made explicit demands to improve the relevance of international trade statistics by connecting and integrating them with other economic statistics.
As a follow-up, UNSD in cooperation with the National Bureau of Statistics of China will conduct a regional seminar for countries of Asia focusing on the implementation of the new recommendations for international trade statistics, which were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010, while emphasizing the linking of trade and business statistics. Special attention will be devoted to the issue of the measurement of trade in value-added in the global production processes.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/s_geneva2011/outcome.htm
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/beijing11/default.htm

Contact: Ronald Jansen, Tel. +1 212 963 5980, e-mail: jansen1@un.org

Inaugural Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) and High Level Forum on GGIM
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 24-26 October 2011

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, established by ECOSOC on 27 July 2011 as the official UN consultative mechanism on GGIM, is convening its inaugural session on 26 October 2011 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The inaugural meeting will bring together experts from Member States and observers from international organizations to adopt the terms of reference of the Committee, review its rules of procedure and discuss its contribution to Rio+20 Conference as well as an inventory of critical issues to be addressed by the Committee in future sessions.
Immediately preceding the inaugural session of the Committee, the United Nations is jointly organizing with the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) of the Republic of Korea, for the first time, a High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management at the COEX Convention Centre in Seoul, 24-26 October 2011. The Forum will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of current critical geospatial information issues and consultations among governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
At the opening of the Forum, a Ministerial Segment will be convened in the morning of 24 October 2011. The Under-Secretary-General for DESA Mr. Sha Zukang will deliver the opening address. The Segment will provide a platform for Ministers, representing all the regions of the world, to discuss national policies on geospatial information, particularly in reference to management aspects; to provide direction in evolving common frameworks and methodologies across countries; to promote the use of geospatial information to address key global challenges; and to give guidance on capacity development and enhance technology transfer.
The High Level Forum and the inaugural session of the Committee will be accompanied by two thematic side-events, namely an ‘Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry’ (on Sunday 23 October 2011) and a ‘Seminar on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information’ (on Thursday 27 October 2011).

For more information:
http://ggim.un.org/

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

The 2nd international conference on MDG statistics
Manila, Philippines, 19-21 October 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Philippines National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) is organizing an international conference on MDG statistics. The conference will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, national government agencies, international agencies and civil society to review the MDG monitoring strategies in place and propose recommendations for improved monitoring approaches, aiming at reaching those who are lagging behind in progress towards the MDGs.

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

Contact: Francesca Perucci, Tel. +1 212 963 0212, e-mail: perucci@un.org

The 20th Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG Indicators
Manila, Philippines, 17-18 October 2011

The 20th Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting is part of the yearly consultation with national experts and international agencies to review and discuss issues related to the global MDG monitoring. This IAEG meeting will focus on identifying technical cooperation needs and defining statistical capacity development strategies to improve MDG monitoring.

Contact: Francesca Perucci, Tel. +1 212 963 0212, e-mail: perucci@un.org

Seminar on developing the capacity to produce economic statistics, including national accounts in accordance with the 2008 SNA, in the Asian and Pacific region
Bangkok, Thailand, 10-13 October 2011

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is organizing this seminar on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. The seminar will be hosted by ESCAP. The purpose of the seminar is to develop a clear implementation plan for the improvement of the capacity of countries in the Asian and Pacific region to produce economic statistics including the capacity to produce National Accounts in accordance with the 2008 SNA. The seminar will also discuss ways to ensure that plans for implementing the 2008 SNA and ESCAP’s Regional Programme for the Improvement of Economic Statistics in Asia and the Pacific are consistent and mutually reinforcing, effectively incorporating national implementation plans for the 2008 SNA into the regional implementation plan. The expected outcome is consensus among participants on the implementation plan.

Contact: Herman Smith, Tel: +1 212 963 4679, E-mail: smith33@un.org

Expert Group Meeting on System of Environmental-Economic Accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy)
New York, 5-7 October 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Expert Group on System of Environmental-Economic Accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy) in New York from October 5-7. The expert group consists of energy accountants and statisticians from national statistics offices as well as international organizations. The main objective of the meeting is to review and discuss the current draft of the SEEA-Energy. In particular, participants will focus on a number of important topics related to the structure of the publication, its content and organization. Participants will also discuss issues that emerged as a result of the initial consultation on the document. The recommendations from the expert group will provide inputs in the final draft of the SEEA which is shortly being submitted to global consultation and in the finalization of the SEEA-Energy.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/seeaE/egm/lod.htm

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

5th Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics
New York, 4-6 October 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) in New York from 4-6 October 2011. The main objectives of the meeting are to continue the dialogue on the coordination of gender statistics activities, in light of the conclusions and recommendations made by the 42nd session of the UN Statistical Commission, and present the on-going activities of the advisory groups. The resulting recommendations and decisions coming out of the meeting will form the work plan for the IAEG-GS.

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

Expert Group Meeting on National Quality Assurance Frameworks
New York, 28-30 September 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Expert Group on National Quality Assurance Frameworks (NQAF) in New York from 28-30 September 2011. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss and agree on the template for a generic National Quality Assurance Framework and guidelines (including common terminology and mapping to existing frameworks). The resulting recommendations and decisions coming out of the meeting will form the basis for the report to be presented to the 2012 Statistical Commission on the conclusion of the work of the Expert Group.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/dnss/QualityNQAF/EG-September2011.aspx

Contact: Mary Jane Holupka, Tel: +1 212 963 4578, E-mail: holupka@un.org

International Workshop on Energy Statistics
Baku, Azerbaijan, 27-30 September 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan is organizing an International Workshop on Energy Statistics. This workshop is being organized as part of the implementation process of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) which have been recently adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission. The main objectives of this Workshop are to train participants on the implementation of the recommendations contained in IRES; review and discuss issues that countries face in the collection, compilation and dissemination of energy statistics and share national experiences. The discussions at the Workshop will also contribute to the development of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM).

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/energy/Workshops/Azerbaijan2011.htm

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

International Forum on Monitoring National Development: Issues and Challenges
Beijing, China, 27-29 September 2011

The Forum is being jointly organised by the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the World Bank (WB). The Forum will discuss priority issues in official statistics in monitoring national development and an action plan for the global statistical community. It will also identify training needs for capacity development. We envisage the following outcomes from the Forum:
A programme of work for capacity development on economic, social, and environment statistics.
A framework or template for tracking socioeconomic development with a focus on changing economic structure, employment and education.
An initial consideration and endorsement of a Plan of Action on Statistics highlighting the important areas of statistics that the development community should focus on in the next 10 years. This Plan will be submitted to the Ministerial Aid-Effectiveness Conference to be held in late November in Busan.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/China_UNSD_Project/International Forum/default.htm

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

Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of IMTS 2010 and follow-up to the Global Forum
Vilnius, Lithuania, 26-30 September 2011

The Global Forum on Trade Statistics in February 2011, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) in Geneva, made explicit demands to improve the relevance of international trade statistics by connecting and integrating it with other economic statistics.
As a follow-up to the Global Forum on Trade Statistics, UNSD in cooperation with Eurostat and Statistics Lithuania, is organizing a seminar for countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 26 to 30 September in Vilnius, Lithuania. The seminar will focus on the implementation of the new recommendations on merchandise trade statistics (IMTS 2010), which were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010, with emphasis on linking trade and other economic statistics.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/s_geneva2011/outcome.htm and http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/vilnius11/default.htm

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

United Nations Regional Seminar on Census Data Archiving
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 20-23 September 2011

UNSD, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, is organizing a Regional Seminar on Census Data Archiving. The purpose of the Seminar is to provide a forum for sharing of national practices and experiences in archiving census data. It will provide a basis for assessing existing national archiving strategies and technologies used, as well as for identifying good practices and lessons learned in census data archiving. The Seminar will review major issues in archiving census data with a view to identifying challenges as well as considerations for formulating and implementing an effective national archiving plan.

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

Workshop on National Adaption of CensusInfo
Colombo, Sri Lanka, 19-23 September 2011

The workshop is intended to develop the capacity of the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka to adapt CensusInfo to its full potential as a platform for disseminating census data. The training participants will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo, including the preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The sessions will include hands-on training on using the CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications as well as an introduction to the process of web-enabling the CensusInfo database.

Contact: Seiffe Tadesse, Tel. +1 212 963 4972, E-mail: tadesse5@un.org

Workshop on the Methodological Review of Benchmarking, Rebasing and Chain-linking of Economic Indicators
Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, 24-26 August 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Lao Department of Statistics is organizing a Workshop on the Methodological Review of Benchmarking, Rebasing and Chain-linking of Economic Indicators for the South-East Asian countries. The workshop is organized within the framework of the UN/DESA Development Account project for strengthening the statistical capacity of countries in South-East Asia. The workshop will take place from 24 to 26 August 2011 in Vientiane, Lao.
The objectives of the workshop are to review the methodological aspects of benchmarking, rebasing and chain-linking of economic indicators and to train representatives from national statistical offices of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Vietnam on some of the most commonly used techniques for them. Particular attention during the training will be given to issues of rebasing of national accounts so as to deal with structural changes in the economy and linking the old time series to the new base year using a real dataset from Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The workshop will also offer the opportunity to exchange experiences, discuss challenges and propose best practice approaches to countries in these fields.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/DA-SEA-Asia/WS-on-Benchmarking-Lao.htm

Contact: Benson Sim, Tel: +1 212 963 4483, E-mail: simb@un.org

International Seminar on Green Economy and Official Statistics
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 6–8 July 2011

This Seminar is being organised by the United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with Statistics Korea, the national statistics office of the Republic of Korea.
A green economy has been recognised as one of the critical development models for the future which improves well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. The concept of a green economy has become a centre of policy debates in recent years. During the recent global financial crisis, the United Nations General Assembly and several United Nations agencies underscored that the crisis represented an opportunity to promote green economy initiatives as part of the stimulus packages being put in place to support the recovery. The General Assembly has decided one of its major themes for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro is “a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”
We envisage the following outcomes from the Seminar:
• A recognition that official statistics will be required to inform on green economy issues and that national statistical systems will accordingly need to adapt.
• An emerging understanding of the key issues/indicators that official statistics will need to focus on. • A sense of the work that international agencies and the United Nations Statistical Commission might best focus on, over and above what they are already doing, to support countries in this work.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/green_economy/korea/default.htm

Contact: Rob Edwards, Tel: +1 917 367 3800, E-mail: edwards6@un.org

Expert Group Meeting on International Standards for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics
New York, 27-30 June 2011

The meeting will review the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev. 2, which was published in 2001 by the United Nations (UN publication, Sales No. E.01.XVII.10). The essential standard the above mentioned Principles and Recommendations promulgates - generating accurate, reliable and regular vital statistics from civil registration system - remains unchanged and valid. However, over the past 10 years several issues emerged that might require revisions and updates of the principles and recommendations, such as the increasing use of population registers as source of vital statistics, advances in modern technologies that have helped some countries in accelerating the improvement of their civil registration and vital statistics systems, and the development of statistical systems in countries.
The Meeting will (1) review the Principles and Recommendationsfor updates and elaborations and (2) propose an outline for the next revision of the Recommendations.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/CRVS2011/list_of_docs.htm

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

Sixth Meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA)
UNHQ, New York, 15-17 June 2011

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 Sixth UNCEEA meeting will discuss progress made toward the revised System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA). The Committee will also review proposals related to experimental ecosystem accounts and applications of the SEEA. Other related initiatives, international events and projects, including the SEEA-Energy and SEEA-Agriculture and the UN Framework for Development of Environment Statistics (FDES), will be discussed.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/meetings.asp

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

Workshop in South Africa for the Institutionalization of Water Accounts and Statistics
Pretoria, South Africa, 6-8 June 2011

The objective of the workshop is to provide focalized technical assistance to some countries in southern Africa for the institutionalization of water accounts and statistics. The workshop will be based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water) and the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS), which have been adopted by the United Nations Statistics Commission (UNSC).
The workshop will be jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The participants include experts from the National Statistics Offices and Water Agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Contact: Ricardo Martinez-Lagunes, Tel: +1 917 367 2821, E-mail: martinezr@un.org

Regional Seminar on Census Data Dissemination and Spatial Analysis for Latin American Countries
Santiago, Chile, 31 May – 3 June 2011

The Regional Seminar, which is being organized by UNSD in collaboration with ECLAC and UNFPA, will provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination and use of census data. The Seminar will aid in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of census data users as well as review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the dissemination of census data. Furthermore, the Seminar is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the dissemination and analysis of census data.

Contact: Meryem Demirci, Tel: +1 212 963 3471, E-mail: demircim@un.org

Meeting of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications
New York, 18-20 May 2011

The Expert Group will discuss a variety of topics, including a review of the International Family of Classifications and criteria for the development of international classifications, the assessment of the implementation of newly revised standard classifications, as well as ways to improve communication with users of classifications. The Expert Group will also review newly developed or revised classifications, their linkages with other standard classifications and evaluate the need for revision of a number of classifications, including the Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC), the Standard International Energy Product Classification (SIEC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC) among others. The Expert Group is also expected to discuss necessary updates to its mandate to allow it to react appropriately to new demand in the area of classifications work.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/expertgroup/2011/ac234-2.asp

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

Regional Seminar on Census Data Dissemination and Spatial Analysis for Arabic speaking Countries
Amman, Jordan, 16-19 May 2011

UNSD, in collaboration with the Jordan Department of Statistics and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics, is organizing a Regional Seminar on Census Data Dissemination and Spatial Analysis.
The purpose of the Seminar is to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination and use of census data. The Seminar will review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the dissemination of census data. The Seminar will also aid in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of census data users. Furthermore, the Seminar is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the dissemination and analysis of census data.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Jordan_16May11/default.htm

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

Second Meeting of the Expert Group on the Revision of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES)
New York, 4-6 May 2011

The main objective of the second meeting of the Expert Group is to discuss and reach agreement on the fundamental structure and main building blocks of the revised FDES based on the analysis of relevant key concepts, scientific, policy and statistical frameworks. The meeting is expected to agree on the contents and detailed annotated outline of the revised FDES handbook. The experts will also discuss the criteria and process for the selection of a core set of environment statistics. The revised FDES is expected to be presented to the 43rd session of the Statistical Commission in February 2012.

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

Contact: Rayen Quiroga, Tel: +1 917 367 4201, E-mail: quirogar@un.org

International Workshop on Measuring GDP by Final Demand Approach
Shenzhen, China, 25-27 April 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China is organizing an international workshop on measuring GDP by final demand approach. This workshop is being conducted as part of the project on strengthening statistical capacity development in China and other developing countries in Asia funded by the Chinese Government. It will give an overview on one of the main approaches to GDP compilation – the final demand approach, and will address specific issues of measuring the final consumption expenditures of households, government and non-profit institutions serving households and estimating gross capital formation for the economy and by sector. The estimation of national accounts’ imports and exports of goods and services from foreign trade statistics and other sources will also be discussed.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/economic_stat/China/GDP-FE-China-Workshop.htm

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

Seminar on the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 in the African Region
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 11-15 April 2011

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), African Development Bank, and African Union Commission is organizing this seminar on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. The seminar will be hosted by the African Centre for Statistics at the ECA. The purpose of the seminar is to assist the African Group on National Accounts in implementing the regional implementation programme of the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics. The objective is to develop national implementation programmes for the compilation of comparable economic statistics and national accounts for countries in Africa for monitoring the integration of their economies. The regional programme forms part of the global implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics.

For more information:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/default.asp

Contact: Herman Smith, Tel: +1 212-963-4679, E-mail: smith33@un.org

Third Preparatory Meeting of the Proposed United Nations Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management
New York, 4-6 April 2011

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), jointly with the United Nations Cartographic Section/DFS (UNCS), is organizing the third preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Meeting will discuss the report on GGIM to be submitted to ECOSOC and the inter-governmental process. In addition, the meeting will discuss the agenda and the modality of the forthcoming UN Forum on GGIM to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 25-28 October, 2011. This is the last preparatory meeting and we expect to receive strong guidance from the member states on the progression of this GGIM initiative.

For more information:
http://ggim.un.org/meeting3.html

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

United Nations Workshop on Manufacturing Statistics for ECLAC countries
Santiago, Chile, 15-17 March 2011

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 15-17 March 2011 in Santiago, Chile. This workshop continues the programme for the development of comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in the Latin American region, initiated 2007.
The main purpose of this workshop is to discuss issues of data processing, including validation and imputation, as well as the compilation of production indices and related topics.

Documents for the workshop will be available on the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/industry/meetings/eclac2011/ac229-2.asp

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

Seminar on the in-depth analysis of Ethiopia's 2007 population and housing census
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 14-18 March 2011

In many countries, the voluminous data collected through censuses is only partially analysed and disseminated, and often late, resulting in its underutilization. To address this challenge, UNSD in collaboration with the Italian Government has initiated a project to strengthen national capacity to analyse, present and disseminate census data in selected developing countries, Ethiopia being one. Based on a needs assessment mission launched by UNSD, the Central Statistical Authority (CSA) of Ethiopia has identified four areas for in-depth analysis: Fertility, mortality, housing, and the situation of the elderly. The national seminar is preparatory work for the preparation of monographs on the identified topics and in the process build capacity among CSA’s census analyses teams tasked with the preparation of analytical reports through on-the-job knowledge transfer. The final outputs are expected to be useful for effective development planning and monitoring population and socio-economic trends.

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

42nd Session of the UN Statistical Commission
UNHQ, New York, 22-25 February 2011

The Forty-second session of the Statistical Commission is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 22 to 25 February 2011 in the United Nations Secretariat Building. All meetings will be held in the ECOSOC Chamber (Temporary North Lawn Building).

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/commission_42nd_session.htm

Contact: Sabine Warschburger, Tel: +1 212 963 4297, E-mail: warschburger@un.org

Global Forum on Trade Statistics: Measuring Global Trade - Do We Have the Right Numbers?
Geneva, Switzerland, 2-4 February 2011

Trade statisticians around the world are working tirelessly in getting the numbers right, but are we measuring the right numbers? This is the overarching theme of this Global Forum “Measuring Global Trade – Do we have the right numbers?” organized jointly by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), and in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The forum will take place on 2-4 February 2011 in Geneva at the WTO.

For further information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/trade/s_geneva2011/geneva2011.htm

Contact: Ronald Jansen, Tel.: +1 212 963 5980, email: jansen1@un.org

Workshop on MDG Monitoring for Countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region
San Jose, Costa Rica, 31 January – 3 February 2011

UNSD, in collaboration with ECLAC is organizing a workshop that will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, line ministries and international agencies, 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; particularly for poverty, labor and health related MDG indicators. In addition, the workshop will provide participants with skills needed to improve the production and dissemination of MDG indicators, and aims at explaining data differences between national and international figures.

Contact: Francesca Perucci, Tel. +1 212 963 0212, e-mail: perucci@un.org