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December 2013

Workshop on Census Evaluation,
Hanoi, Viet Nam, 2 - 6 December 2013

UNSD will conduct the Workshop on Census Evaluation, in collaboration with General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 2 to 6 December 2013. The regional workshop will bring together some fifteen national statisticians from eight Asian countries. The main purpose of the workshop is to provide the staff of national statistical offices with hands-on training to master indirect demographic techniques necessary for the evaluation of census results. Participants will learn, in particular, the methods to evaluate age-sex structure of population, fertility as well as mortality data obtained from national population and housing censuses. Participants are also expected to establish own professional networks through exchange of experiences and knowledge on census data analyses.

Contact: Meryem Demirci, Tel. +1 212 963 1391, E-mail: demircim@un.org


Workshop on SDMX tools for MDG Data Reporting
Casablanca, Morocco, 2 - 5 December 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training Workshop on SDMX tools for MDG Data Reporting from 2-5 December 2013 in Casablanca, Morocco. Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) is the preferred standard for allowing National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to automate and standardize exchange of data and metadata associated with the MDGs.The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to SDMX and focus on the process of mapping and exchanging indicators with SDMX through the features added to DevInfo 7 (devinfo.org).

Contact: Ian Rutherford, Tel. +1 212 963 4965, E-mail: rutherford@un.org


November 2013

Workshop on CountryData – SDMX for Development Indicators
Nairobi, Kenya, 25 - 29 November 2013

This workshop will provide hands-on practical training to participants in using technologies for data exchange and dissemination with the international level; specifically with CountryData (data.un.org/countryData) for the dissemination of national development indicators. In the workshop, Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) is used as the preferred standard for allowing National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to automate and standardize data and metadata exchange so that data are more timely and can be updated easily. A focus of the workshop is the process of mapping and exchanging indicators with SDMX through the features added to DevInfo 7 (devinfo.org) as well as a demonstration of more advanced software like SDMX-RI developed by EuroStat.

For more information, please refer to the website:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/countrydata3/default.html

Contact: Ian Rutherford, Tel. +1 212 963 4965, E-mail: rutherford@un.org


Expert Group Meeting on the Guidelines for the Compilation of Water Accounts and Statistics
New York, 20-22 November 2013

Experts in environmental-economic accounts for water and water statistics from countries and international/regional organizations will meet in New York City from 20 to 22 November to review and discuss the guidelines for the compilation of water accounts and statistics.  The guidelines will provide country experts and trainers with a comprehensive and reliable set of materials for assisting the staff of national statistics offices, water ministries, and agencies and other stakeholders in countries, with the process of implementation of water accounts and statistics for developing a monitoring system for water policies.

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


Expert Group Meeting on Modelling Approaches and Tools for Testing of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting
New York, 18-20 November 2013

From 18 to 20 November, experts in measuring, modeling and mapping characteristics of ecosystem condition as well as ecosystem services will meet in New York City to discuss models and tools to be used in pilot research and testing of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (EEA) framework. This meeting will bring together technical experts, pilot country representatives from national statistical offices and environmental agencies as well as international agencies to discuss the approaches available for quantifying ecosystem condition and ecosystem services at a national level. This meeting will focus on models and tools for accounting for biodiversity, carbon, and water ecosystems (quality characteristics as well as quantity considerations). Tools and models will be reviewed based on criteria for their applicability in the context of national policy priorities and the SEEA EEA, with the objective of selecting some of these models for use in the pilot country research and testing.

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


19th Meeting of the London Group on Environmental Accounting
London, United Kingdom, 12-14 November 2013

The 19th meeting of the London Group on Environmental Economic Accounting will be held in London, UK, on 12-14 November and will be hosted by the Office of National Statistics and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom. Experts in environmental economic accounts and supporting statistics from countries and international/regional organizations will review and discuss training and compilation materials for the implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). Topics to be discussed include, among others, water accounts, energy accounts, air emission accounts, forest accounts and, land and ecosystem accounts.

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


October 2013

Expert Group Meeting on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information
New York, 30 October-1 November 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division is organising the first meeting of the United Nations Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, to be held from 30 October - 1 November 2013 in New York. This Expert Group, recently established in pursuance of Decision 44/101 taken by the UN Statistical Commission and Decision 3/107 taken by the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, is composed of representatives of both statistical and geospatial communities. It aims to carry the work on developing a statistical spatial framework as a global standard for the integration of statistical and geospatial information. The purpose of this first meeting of the EG is to finalise the proposed Terms of Reference and review the progress of a detailed work plan against the following topics: geospatially coding statistics, geographic data linking, common geographic classifications, metadata standards and interoperability, confidentiality and data access, etc.

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


Expert Group Meeting on Revising the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses
New York, 29 October-1 November 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division is organising the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Revising the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. It will be held fro 29 October - 1 November 2013 in New York. The main purpose of the meeting is to lay down the framework for the revised set of international principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses in the 2020 round censuses, that will take place from 2015 to 2024, The experts will take stock of the experiences in conducting population and housing censuses in the 2010 round and adopt an outline for the revision, as well as distributing specific tasks related to the preparation of the content of the recommendations among themselves. The revised Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses: the 2020 Round will be the major international statistical standard guiding the work on population and housing censuses in 2020 round.

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


24th Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG)
Geneva, Switzerland, 16-19 October 2013

UNSD will convene the 24th meeting of IAEG-MDG, in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16 to 19 October 2013. The IAEG-MDG has been responsible for data development, compilation and analysis for the assessment of trends in MDG indicators. The Group includes the UN Secretariat, a number of UN agencies, as well as national experts from statistical offices concerned with the development of data for MDGs. The 24th meeting will review the on-going and planned activities related to MDG monitoring by various UN agencies, and discuss the plans for the upcoming MDG reports. The group will also explore the lessons learned from MDG monitoring at national and regional levels.

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


September 2013

8th Meeting of the Oslo Group on Energy Statistics
Baku, Azerbaijan, 24 - 27 September 2013

The 8th meeting of the Oslo Group will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 24-27 September 2013 and will be hosted by the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan. The meeting will gather experts in energy statistics from countries and international/regional organizations to discuss issues in energy statistics and advance concepts and methods. This meeting of the Oslo Group will focus on the review of the complete draft of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM) which is being prepared to support the implementation of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Energy (SEEA-Energy). It will also discuss future directions of the city group.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://oslogroup.org/index.asp

Contact: Ilaria DiMatteo, Tel. +1 212 963 8491, E-mail: dimatteo@un.org


Seventh Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS)
New York, 12 - 13 September 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the 7th meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) in New York from 12 to 13 September 2013. The meeting will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, international agencies and Regional Commissions to review global work on gender statistics. The objectives of the meeting are to review the work of the Advisory Group on Emerging Issues, discuss the Minimum Set of Gender Indicators and update the members on capacity building efforts in gender statistics through a continued dialogue on the coordination of gender statistics activities.

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


Regional Seminar on Developing a Programme for the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) and Supporting Statistics in the Economic Cooperation Organisation Member Countries
Ankara, Turkey, 11 – 13 September 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Turkish Statistical Institute, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE), is organising a regional seminar on Developing a Programme for the Implementation of the 2008 SNA and Supporting Statistics in the Economic Cooperation Organisation Member Countries.
The objective of the seminar is to assist participating countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative will lead to a multi-year statistical programme helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely and comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators which fully meet user needs as well as comply with international standards.

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


United Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and Communication
Amman, Jordan, 9 - 12 September 2013

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/Jordan/default.html

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


Training Workshop on Environment and Energy Statistics for Arab Countries
Amman, Jordan, 8 - 12 September 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) together with the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training Workshop on Environment and Energy Statistics for Arab Countries from 8-12 September 2013 in Amman, Jordan. This workshop, which is envisaged as first in a series of workshops on environment and energy statistics, will review the basic concepts, methods and international recommendations on environment and energy statistics as well as the main interrelationships between the two areas. It will also provide a forum for sharing country experiences and will identify priority areas for the region for the subsequent training workshops.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/energy/meetings/Jordan2013.htm

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


August 2013

Seminars on Developing Programmes for the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) and Supporting Statistics and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting 2012 (2012 SEEA) and Supporting Statistics in the Pacific region
Apia, Samoa, 20 – 23 August 2013

The seminars are organized by DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Samoa Bureau of Statistics, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre, and Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

The 2008 SNA seminar is organised to assist participating Pacific countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA) and supporting socio-economic statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative will lead to a multi-year statistical programme helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators, which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standard.

The objective of the SEEA seminar is to assist Pacific countries with developing an implementation strategy for the SEEA Central Framework on the basis of policy priorities and statistical development as well as to develop a sub-regional implementation strategy. It is expected that this initiative will lead to a multi-year statistical programme assisting countries to assist in the adoption of the SEEA 2012 Central Framework with a view to producing timely comparable economic and environmental statistics based on selected environmental-economic accounts and environmental-economic indicators which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standard.

The seminars brings together senior managers from national statistical offices and senior representatives from government agencies using economic and environmental information for policy setting from countries in the Pacific region to discuss the development of an regional and national implementation strategy for the 2008 SNA and the SEEA 2012 Central Framework. The aim is also to share experiences among countries in the region and facilitate cooperation amongst the neighbouring countries as well as north-south and triangular cooperation in support of the SNA and SEEA implementation strategy in the Pacific region.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2013/Samoa/Apia1.asp

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


The Tenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas
UNHQ, New York, 19 - 23 August 2013

The 10th UNRCC-A will be held from Monday 19 to Friday 23, August, 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York under the theme United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management and the Americas, addressing global challenges through geospatial information. The conference provides a regional forum where government officials, planners, scientists and experts from the Americas and other regions meet to address their common needs, problems and experiences in the field of surveying and mapping, cartography, hydrography, remote sensing, land and geospatial information systems.

Specific conference objectives are:
• to receive reports on the work being done to advance geospatial information management and assess the status of the resolutions adopted at the Ninth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas.
• for conference delegates to share experiences, knowledge and best practices on geospatial information management (GIM) at all levels;
• for representatives from Member States to gain greater understanding of the relevance and work of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Committee of Experts, GIM issues being addressed in addition to the strategic direction and related program of work;
• for Member States and supporting stakeholders to identify existing and new opportunities for increased regional and global collaborations aimed at advancing GIM for sustained economic development of the Americas.

Speakers from 16 Member States and eight international geospatial information organizations will be addressing the following topics of interest:-
• Strategy, policy, economic and institutional issues
• Spatially enabling government
• Geospatial data collection, management and dissemination
• Best practices and applications
• Climate change and disaster risk reduction

For additional information on the Conference visit the website http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/RCC/unrcca10.html

Contact: Cecille Blake, Tel. +1 212 963 5823, E-mail: blake1@un.org


July 2013

Technical Meeting on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective
Bangkok, Thailand, 30 July - 2 August 2013

Under the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and UN Women are organizing a Technical Meeting on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective, in Bangkok from 30 July to 2 August 2013. The Meeting will bring together around 30 experts including survey statisticians and gender specialists from selected countries, partner agencies and regional commissions to discuss how to measure asset ownership at the individual level. More precisely, participants will: (a) review and discuss the draft Technical Report on Collecting Sex-Disaggregated Asset Data presenting the proposed methodology to collect individual-level asset data through a dedicated module attached to a multi-purpose national household survey; (b) share national practices on measuring asset ownership; and (c) discuss the project implementation strategy in selected pilot countries.

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


Workshop on CountryData – Sharing Best Practice in the Dissemination of National Development Indicators
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 29 July - 2 August 2013

This workshop will promote best practice in dissemination of development indicators, including the MDGs through country practice presentations and demonstration of key tools in dissemination, metadata management, exchange (especially through the SDMX standard), communication and promotion of these indicators. This workshop builds on previous workshops conducted in the region and internationally in the area of national development indicators and incorporates the second in a series of four international workshops planned as part of the UNSD-DFID Project on “Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs”.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/countrydata2/default.html

Contact: Ian Rutherford, Tel. +1 212 963 4965, E-mail: rutherford@un.org


Third Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management
Cambridge, United Kingdom, 24-26 July 2013

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Ordnance Survey of the United Kingdom, is organizing the Third Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). As an inter-governmental mechanism, UN-GGIM aims to play a leading role in setting the agenda and direction for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. The purpose of the Session is to provide a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States, international organizations and other stakeholders for the provision of authoritative, reliable and maintained geospatial information in support of evidence-based decision making and sustainable development.

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


International Workshop on Industrial Statistics
Beijing, China, 8-10 July 2013

DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing an International Workshop on Industrial Statistics in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and with the National Bureau of Statistics of China. This workshop is part of a series of events organized under the project on strengthening statistical capacity development in China and other developing countries in Asia funded by the Chinese Government. The workshop aims to enhance the capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries in the area of industrial statistics. In particular, it will address specific issues in industrial statistics, focusing on the preparation and conduct of industrial surveys, sampling techniques, the list of data items and other guidelines identified in the International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics (IRIS) 2008.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/industry/meetings/china2013/ac271-2.asp

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


June 2013

Eighth Meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA)
UNHQ, New York, 20-21 June 2013

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) is composed of representatives from national statistical offices and international agencies, and provides strategic vision and direction to environmental-economic accounting and related statistics. The Eighth UNCEEA meeting will discuss proposals leading to a medium-term programme of work for the UNCEEA, which would envisage two main streams of work: one focusing on the implementation of the SEEA Central Framework and the process to advance its research agenda; the second focusing on the testing and experimentation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting and advancing the related research agenda. The meeting will also discuss the role of the UNCEEA in the process of the post-2015 development agenda, the SEEA communication strategy, emerging issues related to the SEEA, and be informed on the international initiatives on indicators and progress made in SEEA Agriculture and environment statistics.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/meetings/lod8.htm

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


International Conference “Global Implementation Programme for the SEEA”
UNHQ, New York, 17-19 June 2013

The United Nations Statistical Commission at its 44th Session adopted the implementation strategy for the SEEA Central Framework and urged the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) to agree on a medium-term programme of work for the implementation of the SEEA. UNSD, in collaboration with CBD, EEA, Eurostat, FAO, IMF, OECD, UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank, is organizing a high-level International Conference “Global Implementation Programme for the SEEA” in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and broader measures of progress. The overall objectives are to facilitate the implementation and outreach of the SEEA and supporting statistics and to improve the scope, quality and detail of environmental-economic accounts and supporting statistics at the country level. The Conference will provide a forum for various stakeholders to discuss the SEEA implementation strategy and its links to policies. It is expected the outcome of the Conference would be formulated as recommendations to be presented to the UNCEEA and subsequently to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its next session in 2014.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/workshops/SEEA_Conf_2013/main.htm

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


United Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and Communication
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 5-7 June 2013

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/Rio/default.html

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


May 2013

Eighth meeting of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts
Luxembourg, 29-31 May 2013

The Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) has been established to assist the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) in resolving issues on the research agenda of the System of National Accounts (SNA), identifying emerging research issues, and assisting the ISWGNA in the review of the SNA implementation programme. The composition of the AEG reflects the global community representing all regions in the world and comprises 16 members (not including the five representatives of the members of the ISWGNA, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, UN and WB). The main purpose of the 8th AEG meeting is to consider guidance on issues related to the implementation of the SNA, such as: financial output, global production, delineation of head offices, holding companies and special purpose entities, pension entitlements, stability fees, treatment of freight and insurance in the 2008 SNA, and the SDMX initiative.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/aeg/2013/m8-2.asp

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


Scaling up the coordination and resources for the implementation of the SNA Luxembourg, 28-29 May 2013

Evidence shows that, despite some progress in a number of countries, many developing countries are still a long way from actually adjusting their supporting collections of economic statistics for implementing the System of National Accounts (SNA). The forty-fourth session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) requested the Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA), supporting countries and other regional organisations, to scale up coordination, advocacy and resources for the implementation of the SNA and supporting statistics at the national level where required. This seminar, which brings together the ISWGNA, the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) and representative from a number of countries with less developed statistical systems, aims to develop proposals for scaling up the effectiveness of the coordination and funding for the implementation of the SNA for consideration by the ISWGNA and to discuss practical issues related to the topics to be discussed by the AEG.

For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/aeg/2013/m8-2.asp

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


Expert Group meeting on International Statistical Classifications
UNHQ, New York, 13-15 May 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising an Expert Group meeting on International Statistical Classifications on 13-15 May 2013 in New York. The objective of the meeting is to agree on priorities and work arrangements for international classifications work over the next years, to further work on the implementation of recently revised classifications in the International Family of Statistical Classifications, such as the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC), to review classifications currently under development and consider other issues relevant to the application and use of international standard classifications.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/expertgroup/2013/ac267-2.asp

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


Workshop on Sharing Implementation Experiences of Water Accounts and Statistics for Better Policy Making in Southern African Countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe)
Balaclava, Mauritius, 8-10 May 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in partnership with the Division of Sustainable Development (DSD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), and the World Bank are organizing a capacity development workshop on water accounts and statistics to be held in Mauritius in May 2013.  The workshop is for participants from the National Statistics Offices and water or environment ministries or agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Workshops on water accounts and statistics are organized by the UNSD in the context of the implementation strategy of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA-Water) adopted as an international standard by the United Nations Statistics Commission.  On the other hand, the DSD is working with countries as follow-up to Rio+20, including capacity development in monitoring and accountability frameworks and mechanisms for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post 2015 agenda.  The SEEA Central Framework is considered as one of the main foundation frameworks for supporting the development and tracking of the SDGs and post-2015 development indicators.

Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have initiated efforts for implementing the SEEA through initiatives from UNSD, SADC and the World Bank.  They participated in a workshop held in South Africa in 2011.  Seychelles is joining the group in order to, together with Mauritius, develop the implementation capacity suitable for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in preparation for the third International Conference on SIDS to be held in Apia, Samoa, in 2014, to which DSD is the Secretariat.

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


April 2013

Conference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses in Africa
Pretoria, South Africa, 29 April - 1 May 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division will co-organize, with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank, African Union Commission and UNFPA a Conference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses in Africa that will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, 29 April - 1 May 2013. The Conference will aim at taking stock of the population and housing censuses in Africa in the period 2005-2014 and provide a regional input for a global assessment of the census round.

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


Workshop on Improving the Integration of a Gender Perspective into Official Statistics
Chiba, Japan, 16-19 April 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly a capacity building workshop on gender statistics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan. This regional workshop will take place in Chiba, Japan from 16 to 19 April 2013. The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics, as well as discuss the newly developed UN manual: Manual for Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics.

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


March 2013

Workshop on International Statistical Classifications
Kishinev, Moldova, 19-21 March 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) is organizing a Workshop on International Statistical Classifications, primarily for CIS member countries. The Workshop will focus on the implementation of the recently revised activity and product classifications and will in particular: review the current implementation and use of national activity and product classifications and their relationship to the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC) in the region; provide information on methodological changes related to the application of the classification, such as outlined in the revised introductions; address implementation issues in connection with the revised classifications; discuss country experiences and case studies; and discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field of classifications, including coordination of work on regional/sub regional cooperation in classifications.

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/training/ece13/ac258-2.asp

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


Workshop on CountryData – Technologies for Data Exchange
Bangkok, Thailand, 18-22 March 2013

This workshop will provide training to participants on technologies used for data exchange and dissemination with the international level; and specifically with CountryData (data.un.org/countryData) a website for the dissemination of national development indicators. The training will mainly focus on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) a technology which can be used to automate and standardize data and metadata exchange so that data are more timely and can be updated easily. The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to SDMX, followed up with practical examples for the exchange of national development indicators with a focus on specific key SDMX tools such as SDMX Registry and mapping tool.

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

Contact: Ian Rutherford, Tel. +1 212 963 4965, E-mail: rutherford@un.org


Seminar on Population and Housing Census Practices of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) Member Countries
Ankara, Turkey, 6-8 March 2013

As part of its programme on the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme, UNSD will participate in and contribute to the Seminar on Population and Housing Census Practices of the OIC Member Countries. The objective of the Seminar is to discuss lessons learnt and share national experiences in innovations and best practices in census taking for the 2010 round in the Member States of the OIC. The Seminar will also provide a discussion forum for the countries on the likely future of their censuses for the 2020 round and on ways to enhance future cooperation among the Member States in census taking.

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

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


February 2013

44th Session of the UN Statistical Commission
UNHQ, New York, 26 February to 1 March 2013

The 44th session of the Statistical Commission is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 26 February to 1 March 2012. The opening session will take place at the Conference room 3 (Temporary North Lawn Building).

For more information, please refer to the website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/commission_44th_session.htm

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


Meetings of IAEG-MDG
New York, 20-21 February 2013

The 22nd and 23rd Meetings of Inter-agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators (IAEG-MDGs) will be organized back to back on 20 and 21 February 2013 in New York. During the meetings, the outcomes of the debates on MDGs at the 67th session of the General Assembly as well as those of the Rio+20, will be reviewed. The participants will also discuss how to prepare the 2013 global MDG report and the work towards the final evaluation of MDGs in 2015, The meeting will be preceded by a half day meeting by the Task Team on Lessons learnt from MDG monitoring on 19 February 2013.

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

January 2013


Seminar on Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (2008 SNA) and supporting statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region
Kingston, Jamaica, 30 January - 1 February 2013

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the United Nations Economic Commission for Lain America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is organizing a seminar on: Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in the CARICOM region. The objective of the seminar is to assist participating Caribbean countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting 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 helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standards.

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


Workshops on Population Projections using Census Data
Beijing, China, 14-18 January 2013

United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with China National Bureau of Statistics, is organizing an International Workshop on Population Projections using Census Data from 14 to 16 January 2013 in Beijing, China. The workshop aims to strengthen the technical capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries to generate national population projections from census data. Twelve Asian countries are invited to participate in the workshop. The workshop will cover topics including assessing quality of census data; determining appropriate levels of fertility, mortality and migration; techniques on making national population projections. The International Workshop will be followed by a National workshop from 17 to18 January 2013, attended by representatives from provincial-level statistics offices in China. The National Workshop will focus on techniques for making sub-national and sectoral population projections.

Contact: Haoyi Chen, Tel. +1 212 963 4375, E-mail: chen9@un.org