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UNSD Calendar of Events

UN Regional Workshop on Statistics of International Trade in Services
Bogota, Colombia, 11-14 December 2012

In 2010, the United Nations Statistical Commission adopted the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS 2010) and requested the international community to make extra efforts in providing capacity building activities to developing countries. In this context UNSD organizes a training workshop on compilation issues of MSITS 2010 for Latin American countries from 11 to 14 December 2012 in Bogota, Colombia. The workshop is organized jointly with the national statistical office of Colombia and with support from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. The agenda of the workshop will cover topics such as the general framework of MSITS 2010, the main data collection and data processing issues with special attention to enterprise surveys and the use of ITRS, the compilation issues related to measuring Travel services and Tourism-related international trade in services, the compilation of foreign affiliates statistics and some cross-cutting issues such as quality management, meta-data and the use of information technology.

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

Workshop on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics
Kampala, Uganda, 4-7 December 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), is organizing a capacity building workshop for sub-Saharan African countries on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics. The workshop will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 4 to 7 December 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to present the newly developed Manual for Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statisticsand train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics.

Contact: Francesca Grum, Tel. +1 212 963 4950, E-mail: grum@un.org

International Seminar on Population and Housing Censuses: Beyond the 2010 Round
Seoul, Republic of Korea, 27-29 November 2012

UNSD, in collaboration with Statistics Korea (KOSTAT), is organizing an International Seminar on population and housing censuses which will provide a discussion forum for countries and organizations to share experiences and lessons learnt from censuses conducted during the 2010 round. Discussions will center around 1) emerging methodologies for the census, 2) use of modern technologies during census operations, 3) strategies for managing the cost of the census, 4) demand for and provision of census micro data, and 5) the likely future of census taking.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.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
New York, 5-7 November 2012

The United Nations Statistical Commission, at its 41st session, endorsed a work programme and the establishment of an Expert Group for the revision of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES) After two years of intensive work the revised Framework, including a Core Set of Environment Statistics, has been submitted for pilot testing and global consultation.
The revised FDES is a multipurpose conceptual and statistical framework that is comprehensive and integrative in nature. It provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics and to synthesize data from various subject areas and sources. It is broad and holistic in nature, covering the issues and aspects of the environment that are relevant for analysis, policy and decision making.
The revised FDES together with a plan for its implementation, is expected to be submitted to the forty fourth session of the Statistical Commission for approval in February 2013. UNSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting from 5-7 November 2012 in New York to discuss the outcome of the pilot testing and the global consultation and develop a plan how to move the implementation of the FDES forward.

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

Inter Agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG Indicators
Geneva, Switzerland, 1-2 November 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Indicators. The meeting will be held in Geneva from 1 to 2 November 2012, hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The main purpose of this Expert Group Meeting is to share experience and lessons learned from the MDG monitoring in the last decade at both national and international levels. In addition, the meeting will discuss different options to exchange data/metadata to update MDG databases and will be an opportunity to identify key areas in which international agencies could provide technical assistance to strengthen MDG-related statistical capacity at the country level.

Contact: Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Tel. +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

Twenty-second Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG Indicators
Geneva, Switzerland, 31 October 2012

The 22nd Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting on MDG indicators 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: lessons learned from MDG monitoring in the last decade, options to exchange data/metadata to update the MDG global database, and MDG-related statistical capacity needs at the country level.

Contact: Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Tel. +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

Regional Workshop on Population Projections for English Speaking African Countries
Pretoria, South Africa, 29 October - 2 November 2012

Within the framework of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, the United Nations Statistics Division will conduct a Regional Workshop on Population Projections for English Speaking African Countries, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 29 October - 2 November 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to provide training to statisticians from national statistical authorities in Africa in producing projections of population based on census results.

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

Nineteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP)
Bangkok, Thailand, 29 October - 1 November 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the Nineteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP), to be held at ESCAP facilities, in Bangkok, 29 October – 1 November 2012. With the title ‘UN-GGIM Vision for Asia and the Pacific Region’, the main subject themes to be discussed by the Conference are the geodetic reference framework for sustainable development; data sharing and integration for disaster management; and place-based information management for economic growth. This is the first regional conference after the establishment of the global mechanism of GGIM, which will lead the region to discuss its new role as the GGIM-Asia/Pacific arm, and we expect to receive strong guidance from the member states on this GGIM vision for the region.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/RCC/unrccap19.html

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

Seminar on Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in Southern Africa
Pretoria, South Africa, 17-19 October 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division (DESA/SD), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is organizing a seminar on: Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in Southern Africa. The objective of the seminar is to assist Southern African countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting system-wide socio-economic statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative would lead to a multi-year statistical programme to move the countries over to the 2008 SNA and to establish a minimum common data set of annual and high frequency statistics.

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

Workshop on the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 for member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organisation
Tehran, Iran, 14-17 October 2012

United Nations Statistics Division (DESA/SD), in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) and hosted by the Statistical Centre of Iran is organizing a workshop on the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) for member countries of the ECO. The purpose of the workshop is to initiate the formulation of an implementation plan for the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics in the ECO member countries with the objective of developing comparable economic statistics for monitoring the integration of their economies. It is expected that this initiative would allow countries to set up priorities for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and improve the quality and the scope of existing economic statistics. It should also help international organizations and other donors supporting capacity building activities in the region to get information on the most urgent needs of countries and better coordinate their efforts.

Contact: Gulab Singh, Tel. +1 212 963 3904, E-mail: Singh46@un.org

Regional Workshop on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of IMTS 2010 and a new vision for trade statistics
San Jose, Costa Rica, 1-5 October 2012

This workshop is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INEC) of Costa Rica which is hosting this event. The focus of the workshop will be on the updated and new recommendations for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) as contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010 (IMTS 2010) and their implementation within the countries of Latin America. Particular attention will be given to the elements of the recommendations that provide additional information and that aim at the further development of the merchandise trade statistics in countries (or areas).

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

United Nations Workshop on Population Projections for African Countries
Rabat, Morocco, 10-14 September 2012

UNSD, in collaboration with the the Direction de la Statistique, Haut Commissariat au Plan du Maroc, is organizing a workshop on population projections for French speaking African countries. The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the technical capacity of the participating countries to generate population projections at different geographical levels and sectors. The workshop will also provide the forum to discuss national practices and to exchange experiences and lessons learned among the participating countries. Participants will also learn about available software packages for generating population projections.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.htm

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

Second Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management
New York, 13-15 August 2012

The Second Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13-15 August 2012. The official announcement of the second session has been issued through a Note Verbale which was communicated to all the Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The Second Session will bring together government experts from all Member States to consult and deliberate on a number of substantive activities, such as the implications of the Rio+20 summit, the strategic considerations of future trends in geospatial information management (the five to ten year vision) and the drafting of a statement of ethics for the global geospatial information community. The full provisional agenda, as well as other information on the second session are posted on the Committee website at http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html

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

The Tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN)
New York, 31 July to 9 August 2012

The Tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 31 July to 9 August 2012. In conjunction with the 10th UNCSGN, the 27th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will be held on 30 July and on 10 August 2012, one day prior and one day after the Tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. The UNCSGN is held every five years, and UNGEGN meets between the Conferences to follow up the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Conferences and to ensure continuity of activities between Conferences.
The primary objective of the Conference is to encourage national and international geographical names standardization, to promote the international dissemination of nationally standardized geographical names information, and to adopt single Romanization systems for the conversion of each non-Roman writing system to the Roman alphabet.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/default.html

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

Training on Information Technology
New York, 11-18 July 2012

As part of the UNSD-DFID Project on Improving the Availability, Collation and Dissemination of National Development Indicators, UNSD are organising an IT training workshop for key participants from the Morocco National Statistics Office (NSO). The training will cover eXtensible Markup Language (XML),eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) and Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX), a cutting edge technology to facilitate data exchange and dissemination. The tools will help the Morocco NSO in automating their processes for producing statistical publications and in sharing data in a more automated, standardized way.

Contact: Charlotte French, Tel: +1 212 963 2571, E-mail: frenchc@un.org

United Nations National Workshop on MDG Monitoring: 2015 and beyond
Bangkok, Thailand, 9-13 July 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division is organizing a Workshop on "MDG Monitoring: 2015 and beyond", in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 9 to 13 July 2012. It will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, line ministries and international agencies to review recommendations for calculating MDG indicators, reporting MDG data and establishing strategies for dealing with data discrepancies between national and international MDG figures, particularly for hunger, child, maternal and reproductive health indicators. The workshop will also be an opportunity to review lessons learnt from monitoring the MDGs in view of the preparation of the post-2015 development agenda and the related new monitoring framework.

Contact: Yongyi Min, Tel: +1 212 963 9296, E-mail: min3@un.org

United Nations National Workshop on CensusInfo for Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 25-29 June 2012

Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Cambodia National Institute of Statistics, the workshop is aimed at training staff at the national statistical office in the full potential of CensusInfo as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The workshop is intended to develop the national CensusInfo application, with accompanying databases and customized features; it will involve fifteen professionals from the NIS. The workshop is part of the series of national training workshops developed by UNSD aiming at developing and putting in place national CensuInfo applications for dissemination of population and housing census statistics using contemporary technology.

Contact: Keiko Osaki-Tomita, Tel: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

United Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and Communication
Manila, the Philippines, 20-22 June 2012

The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, organized as part of a United Nations Development Account project. The purpose of the overall project is to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of statistical data and metadata. The Workshop will review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the dissemination of data. The Workshop is expected to provide a basis for assessing existing national dissemination strategies as well as technologies used by National Statistical Offices. It will also aid in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of users. Furthermore, the Workshop is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the dissemination and communication of data. The ideas generated by the discussion and the recommendations made by participants during all workshops will contribute towards the drafting of a technical report and/or the creation of a knowledge base on the UNSD website, dedicated to the topic of effective dissemination of data.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/Dissemination_Philippines_w1/default.html

Contact: Jacob Assa, Tel: +1 212 963 2561, E-mail: assaj@un.org

Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics for Arab countries
Amman, Jordan, 12-14 June 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in collaboration with the Department of Statistics of Jordan, the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), are jointly organizing a Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics from 12 to 14 June 2012 in Amman, Jordan. The seminar aims to enhance the capacity of the national statistical systems of Arab countries to produce reliable and high quality trades statistics. The seminar will focus on the compilation of statistics of international trade in services and on linking trade and enterprise statistics in view of an increasing globalization of production of goods and services.

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

Expert group meeting to finalize the Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS)
New York, 11-13 June 2012

Following a request by the Statistical Commission at its 28th session in 1995, UNSD convened a first expert group meeting in 1997 to prepare a draft classification of activities for time-use statistics. Then, based on the experience of countries that used or adapted this classification as well as on recommendations from a second expert group meeting organized in 2000, a revised and more elaborated version was issued and published in Guide to Producing Statistics on Time Use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid Work (United Nations, 2005) as the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS).
After a lapse of years while several countries adapted ICATUS for application in their data collection, tabulation and analysis, UNSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the revision and finalization of ICATUS. The meeting will bring together around 20 national and international experts to discuss and agree on several topics including: (1) the updates of the current categories (2) the consistency of ICATUS with the new international standards classification; (3) the treatment of more complex aspects (categories such as “looking for work” or “waiting”); (4) the mapping (correspondence tables) between ICATUS and other existing classifications. The final agreed classification will be presented to the UN Statistical Commission for endorsement in 2013, after been reviewed by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications.

Contact: Francesca Grum, Tel: +1 212 963 4950, E-mail: grum@un.org

United Nations Workshop for South Asian countries on Collection and Dissemination of Socio-economic Data from Population and Housing Censuses
New Delhi, India, 28-31 May 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division is organizing a Workshop for South Asian countries on Collection and Dissemination of Socio-economic Data from Population and Housing Censuses. The workshop will take place in New Delhi, India from 28 to 31 May 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to present international standards and country practices for conducting population and housing censuses with a focus on recommended core topics and tabulations as identified in the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2. The workshop will also offer an opportunity to discuss the use of technological tools and of GIS web-based mapping and spatial analysis in the dissemination of census data as well as of the CensusInfo software as a tool for data dissemination. Lastly, the workshop will also provide a forum for sharing of national practices and experiences regarding determination of census topics and tabulations and also strategies for dissemination of census data.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.htm

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

United Nations Regional Workshop on CensusInfo
Almaty, Kazakhstan, 15-18 May 2012

Organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Regional Workshop on CensusInfo is expected to gather representatives from nine Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region countries. The Regional Workshop will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 15 to 18 May 2012. The purpose of the Regional Workshop is to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of census data as well as highlighting 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.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.htm

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

7th Meeting of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts
New York, 23-25 April 2012

The United Nations Statistical Commission established the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) to support the Inter Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) in carrying out its work programme, to resolve issues on the research agenda of the System of National Accounts (SNA) and to review documents and tools for the SNA implementation programme. At its 7th meeting the AEG will consider issues such as, the ISWGNA programme of work for the period up to 2014, current research issues and the provision of further guidance on the implementation of the 2008 SNA, review of the SNA research agenda, review of compilation guidance drafted by ISWGNA members, the development of training material on the SNA, issues related to the implementation of the System of National Accounts and the ongoing work in the broader remits of national accounts.

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

The 4th Global Forum on Gender Statistics
Dead Sea, Jordan, 27-29 March 2012

The Forum is being organized by the UNSD and the Department of Statistics of Jordan, in collaboration with UNESCWA, UNFPA, UN-Women, and the World Bank. It is being held as part of the Global Gender Statistics Programme promoted by the IAEG-GS with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of countries to collect, disseminate and use quality gender statistics. The forum will provide an important opportunity to review and discuss new initiatives and data collection tools for the improvement of gender statistics and focus on Women’s Empowerment, including: economic empowerment, autonomy and physical empowerment, adolescent girls, and knowledge empowerment.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/default.html

Contact: Yongyi Min, Tel: +1 212 963 9296, E-mail: min3@un.org

International Workshop on Household Income, Consumption and Full Accounting of the Households Sector
Beijing, China, 26-28 March 2012

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China is organizing an international workshop on Household Income, Consumption and Full Accounting of the Households Sector. 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 present an overview of the Households Sector as an institutional sector in National Accounts and will train participants on how to compile a full sequence of non-financial accounts for it. Particular attention during the workshop will be given to the compilation of GDP by income approach with emphasis on the income by corporations and households, adjustments for the conceptual differences between the estimates derived using the results of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey and National Accounts, and the use of extrapolation and benchmarking techniques for compilation of annual accounts for the Households Sector.

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

The 6th Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) meeting
Dead Sea, Jordan, 25-26 March 2012

The 6th Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting will bring together representatives of international agencies within and outside United Nations system, statisticians from National Statistical Systems, and development partners, to review progress and provide guidance on future activities geared at advancing gender statistics.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/gender/default.html

Contact: Yongyi Min, Tel: +1 212 963 9296, E-mail: min3@un.org

Kenya National Seminar on Census Data Analysis
Nairobi, Kenya, 19-22 March 2012

The Kenya Seminar on Census Data Analysis is scheduled to be held from 19 to 22 March 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objective of the national seminar is to provide an opportunity for the staff member of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to further analyze data from the 2009 population and housing census of Kenya on selected topics. The ultimate objective is to promote greater analysis and dissemination of the data collected from the Kenya 2009 census.
The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) population projections at sub-national and sectoral level, (ii) analysis of data on international migration, and (iii) analysis of data on gender issues.
After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.htm

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

43rd Session of the UN Statistical Commission
UNHQ, New York, 28 February to 2 March 2012

The 43rd session of the Statistical Commission is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 28 February to 2 March 2012. The opening session will take place at the ECOSOC Chamber (Temporary North Lawn Building).

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/commission_43rd_session.htm

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