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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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Rayen Quiroga, Tel. +1 917 367 4201, e-mail: email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Margaret Mbogoni, Tel. +1 212 963 7845, e-mail: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact: Ronald Jansen, Tel. +1 212 963 5980, e-mail: email@example.com
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.
Contact: Amor Laaribi, Tel. +1 212 963 3042, e-mail: Laaribi@un.org
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.
Contact: Francesca Perucci, Tel. +1 212 963 0212, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Contact: Alessandra Alfieri, Tel. +1 212 963 4590, e-mail: email@example.com
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.
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.
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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).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.