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UNSD Calendar of Events

September 2015

SDMX Global Conference 2015,
Bangkok, Thailand, 28-30 September 2015

The next SDMX Global Conference will be held from 28 to 30 September 2015 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok. This year’s conference is hosted jointly by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and will be entitled SDMX In Action. Beside the conference event itself, SDMX capacity building sessions will be organised.

The conference agenda and the main topics of the conference will be posted on the event’s webpage: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/SDMX/sdmxglobalconference2015/default.html

Contact e-mail: sdmx2015@un.org


July 2015

Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013),
Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania, 6-10 July 2015

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a sub-regional workshop for the East African Community (EAC) countries, entitled “Environment Statistics in support of the Implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)” led by the Division, in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat. It will take place in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 6 to 10 July 2015, with hosting and on-ground support being provided by the EAC Secretariat and the United Republic of Tanzania. Several other international and inter-governmental organizations will be participating in the Workshop, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

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

Contact: Reena Shah, Tel. +1 212 963 4586, E-mail: shahr@un.org


June 2015

First Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs),
New York, 1-2 June 2015

The First Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place on 1-2 June 2015 in New York. The IAEG-SDGs has been established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.
The main objectives of the meeting are to set up the process for the development of the indicator framework; develop a work plan and agree on the way forward; establish the methods of work of the group; and discuss technical issues, including the interlinkages across targets and data disaggregation.

The provisional agenda is available from: http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/first-iaeg-sdgs-meeting/

Contact: Fabia Yazaki, E-mail: yazaki@un.org


May 2015

Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy,
Hanoi, Vietnam, 5-8 May 2015

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a regional training workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Key elements of the workshop will cover four main statistical domains, namely environment, agriculture, energy statistics, and statistics on new themes related to green economy (e.g. environmental goods and services, green jobs). The contents of each of the fields cover the following: general introduction to the theme; main frameworks and international recommendations covering these fields; internationally agreed definitions and metadata for selected statistics underlying green economy indicators; and detailed description and compilation methods for selected indicators from the reference green economy indicators list of the project. The workshop will also finalize the discussion on the direct technical assistance to the pilot countries that will take place in the months following this workshop.

Documents and presentations are available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/greeneconomy

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


International Workshop on Short-term Statistics,
Beijing, China, 18-20 May 2015

DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing an International Workshop on Short-term Statistics in Beijing, China, from 18-20 July, in collaboration 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 main objectives of the workshop are to: (a) discuss the compilation and dissemination of short term economic statistics - e.g. business cycle composite indicators, economic tendency surveys and rapid estimates; (b) share country experience; and (c) take stock of the status of implementation and challenges in the compilation of short term statistics in the region. The Workshop will also review the template for short-term economic statistics and metadata which was developed to guide and facilitate the compilation and dissemination of these indicators in countries.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2015/Beijing/lod.asp

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


Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications,
New York, 19-22 May 2015

The Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications will hold its biennial meeting in New York on 19-22 May 2015. The Expert Group will discuss a wide range of topics, targeting specific classifications and broader issues including: the new concept of the Family of International Classifications, metadata standards and information models, the impact of the integration of statistical and geospatial information on international classifications, and implications for classifications arising out of the use of big data.
Among the individual classifications to be discussed by the Expert group are: a proposal to revise the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP), a discussion on the need to revise the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), and the recent update of the Central product Classification (CPC). The Expert Group will also review progress made in the revisions of the Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC), the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics (ICATUS) and the International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE-93) and discuss experiences from the development and implementation of classifications such as the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO08), the International Classification for Crime Statistics (ICCS) and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).

Documents and presentations are available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/expertgroup/2015/ac289-2.asp

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


April 2015

Advancing the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA),
Hanoi, Vietnam, 6-10 April 2015

As part of the project “Advancing the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in pilot countries”, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and Convention of Biological Diversity Secretariat are working in close collaboration with the General Statistics Office of Vietnam to develop a National Plan for advancing environmental-economic accounting in Vietnam, with the objective to strengthen the national statistical system in support of developing an information system for sustainable development through the development of comparable environmental-economic accounts, including ecosystem accounts to support policy decisions. A UNSD led mission will be in Vietnam on 6-10 April 2015 to hold bilateral consultations and a high-level segment with Vietnamese officials, representatives of international organizations and other relevant stakeholders, with the objective to obtain high-level endorsement of the National Programme of Work. A national training workshop will also be held to increase capacity for the implementation of environmental economic accounts in various ministries in Vietnam.

Contact: Sokol Vako, Tel. +1 917 367 4939, E-mail: vaco@un.org


Regional Training Workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in Latin America and the Caribbean,
Santiago, Chile, 13-16 April 2015

On 13-16 April 2015, representatives from National Statistical Offices, Ministries of Environment and/or other line ministries dealing with forest, biodiversity or other environment-related issues, that have or plan to have programmes on the implementation of the SEEA in countries from Latin America and the Caribbean will meet in Santiago to attend the regional training workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. Representatives from some other pilot countries involved in the project “Advancing the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in pilot countries”, and well as staff from ECLAC and other international agencies will also attend. The objective of the workshop is to improve the capacity of participants in the implementation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The workshop aims (i) to help participants acquire knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of the accounting principles and basic data needs for SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting; (ii) to facilitate experience sharing among countries in Latin America and the Caribbean; and (iii) to support countries to set up a strategy and work plan for the implementation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The workshop is organized by UNSD as part of the project on “Advancing the SEEA in Pilot Countries” and will be hosted at ECLAC.

Contact: Leila Rohd-Thomsen, Tel. +1 212 963 6985, E-mail: rohd-thomsen@un.org


Advancing the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA),
Santiago, Chile, 13-17 April 2015

As part of the project “Advancing the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in pilot countries”, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme and Convention of Biological Diversity is working in close collaboration with the National Statistical Office and Ministry of Environment of Chile to develop a National Plan for advancing environmental-economic accounting in Chile, with the objective to strengthen the national statistical system in support of developing an information system for sustainable development through the development of comparable environmental-economic accounts, including ecosystem accounts to support policy decisions in Chile. UNSD will visit Chile on 13-17 April 2015 to participate in a series of high-level bilateral meetings as well as a high-level general meeting with Chilean officials and other relevant stakeholders, with the objective to obtain high-level endorsement of the National Plan and begin to foster institutional arrangements to implement the SEEA with the active involvement of all relevant agencies.

Contact: Leila Rohd-Thomsen, Tel. +1 212 963 6985, E-mail: rohd-thomsen@un.org


Advancing the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA),
Jakarta, Indonesia, 13-17 April 2015

As part of the project “Advancing the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in pilot countries”, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme and Convention of Biological Diversity is working in close collaboration with the National Statistical Office of Indonesia to develop a National Plan for advancing environmental-economic accounting in Indonesia, with the objective to strengthen the national statistical system in support of developing an information system for sustainable development through the development of comparable environmental-economic accounts, including ecosystem accounts to support policy decisions in Indonesia. UNSD will visit Indonesia on 13-17 April 2015 to participate in a series of high-level bilateral meetings as well as a high-level general meeting with Indonesian officials and other relevant stakeholders, with the objective to obtain high-level endorsement of the National Plan and begin to foster institutional arrangements to implement the SEEA with the active involvement of all relevant agencies.

Contact: Julian Chow, Tel. +1 212 963 0499, E-mail: chowj@un.org


Regional Training Workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in Asia Pacific,
Jakarta, Indonesia, 14-17 April 2015

On 14-17 April 2015, representatives from national statistical offices, Ministry of Environment or other line ministries dealing with forest, biodiversity or other environment-related issues, and staff from regional commission and international agencies that have or plan to have programmes on the implementation of the SEEA from Asia Pacific countries will meet in Jakarta to attend the regional training workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The objective of the workshop is to improve the capacity of participants in the implementation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in Asia Pacific. The workshop aims (i) to help participants acquire knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of the accounting principles and basic data needs for SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting; (ii) to facilitate experience sharing among countries in Asia Pacific; and (iii) to support countries to set up a strategy and work plan for the implementation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The workshop by UNSD is organized as part of the project on “Advancing the SEEA in Pilot Countries”.

Contact: Julian Chow, Tel. +1 212 963 0499, E-mail: chowj@un.org


Side Event on the Next Steps for the Indicators Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Inputs from Civil Society and other Stakeholders,
UNHQ, New York, 20 April 2015

In advance of the first meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group meeting on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), this event will be an interactive dialogue between the United Nations Statistics Division and representatives of civil society and other stakeholders on the next steps for the preparation of the Indicators Framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The aim is to provide a live forum on inputs from civil society to the discussion on the preparation of SDG indicators and possible next steps.

See recorded webcast of this event:
http://webtv.un.org/search/discussion-on-the-next-steps-for-the-indicators-framework-for-the-post-2015-development-agenda/4185110609001?term=2015-04-20


For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/newsletter/Post-2015-Dev-Agenda.html

Contact: Fabia Yazaki, E-mail: yazaki@un.org


Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy,
Lima, Peru, 21-24 April 2015

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the second regional workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The workshop will take place in Lima, Peru on 21-24 April 2015, and is co-organized by the statistical office of Peru - INEI. This workshop will primarily be a technical workshop that covers topics identified as needing attention and guidance in the first part of the project.
Recognizing the importance of high quality statistics and their effective use in promoting evidence-based socio-economic policies and achieving internationally agreed goals, the project aims to enhance the national statistical systems’ capacity of its pilot countries to produce good quality, timely and reliable statistics and indicators to inform about progress towards achieving a green economy in the context of sustainable development.
Key elements of the workshop will cover four main statistical domains, namely environment, agriculture, energy statistics, and statistics on new themes related to green economy (e.g. environmental goods and services, green jobs). The contents of each of the fields cover the following: general introduction to the theme; main frameworks and international recommendations covering these fields; internationally agreed definitions and metadata for selected statistics underlying green economy indicators; and detailed description and compilation methods for selected indicators from the reference green economy indicators list of the project. The workshop will also finalize the discussion on the direct technical assistance to the pilot countries that will take place in the months following this workshop.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/greeneconomy

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


Forum of Experts in the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting,
New York, 28-30 April 2015

As part of the project on “Advancing the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) in Pilot Countries”, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme, Secretariat of the Convention of Biological Diversity and the Government of Norway is organizing a Forum of Experts on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The Forum will bring together experts, practitioners and statisticians to discuss the draft guidance document that have been developed as part of the project to complement the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The guidance document will provide practical guidance for countries wanting to start testing the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting. The Forum will discuss selected issues related to the delineation of statistical units for ecosystem accounting, the classification of ecosystem services, the measuring and modelling of ecosystem services and ecosystem condition.

For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/workshops/eea_forum_2015/lod.asp

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


March 2015

Training workshop on the Compilation of Quarterly National Accounts for Economic Cooperation Organization Member Countries,
Tehran, Iran, 8-11 March 2015

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization and the Statistical Centre of Iran, is organizing a training workshop on the Compilation of Quarterly National Accounts for Economic Cooperation Organization Member Countries.
The workshop aims to train national accounts statisticians on the methods and data sources that are available to compile current price and volume measures of quarterly gross domestic product, benchmark the quarterly estimates with the annual estimates and produce seasonally adjusted estimates. In addition, it will provide a forum for participants to share experiences in terms of improved data sources and methods as well as establish contacts.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2015/Iran/eco.asp

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


27th meeting of the Interagency and Expert Group on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG),
New York, 9-10 March 2015

UNSD will convene the 27th meeting of the Interagency and Expert Group on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG), in New York, from 9 to 10 March 2015. The IAEG-MDG has been responsible for data development, compilation and analysis for the assessment and monitoring of progress towards the MDGs. The 27th Meeting will discuss preparations for the final global MDG monitoring report and related outputs. During the Meeting, transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs will also be discussed. As the last meeting of the IAEG-MDG, steps toward the conclusion of the IAEG-MDG work will be addressed.

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


February 2015

Regional Workshop on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information,
Amman, Jordan, 16-19 February 2015

The United Nations Statistics Division is organizing, in collaboration with the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) a Regional Workshop on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, to be held in Amman, from 16 to 19 February 2015.
The Workshop is convened in accordance with Statistical Commission decision 44/101 and UN-GGIM decision 3/107, which both recognized the need to meet the challenges of managing and effectively integrating geospatial and statistical information in support of census and other statistical activities, particularly in preparation for the next 2020 round of censuses. The Workshop, with participation of representatives from national statistical systems of Arab States will review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the integration of statistical and geospatial information. The Workshop is expected to provide a basis for assessing existing national statistical-geospatial 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 census data users. Furthermore, the Workshop is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the collection, analysis and dissemination of census data. The ideas generated by the discussion and the recommendations made by participants will contribute to the global consultation and communication carried out by the UN Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://ggim.un.org/Workshop_Amman_Jordan.html

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


Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda,
New York, 25-26 February 2015

The United Nations Statistics Division is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda, to be held on 25-26 February 2015 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, back-to-back with the forty-sixth session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (3-6 March 2015).
The Expert Group Meeting, with broad participation of representatives from national statistical systems and international and regional organizations, will discuss the development of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The objective is to reach a common understanding of how this work will be conducted within the available time frame. Statistical experts from civil society, academia and private sectors will also participate. The outcome of the meeting will be presented to the Statistical Commission at its forty-sixth session under agenda item 3, Data in support of the post-2015 development agenda.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/post-2015/activities/egm-on-indicator-framework/default.html

Contact: Fabia Yazaki, E-mail: yazaki@un.org


Statistical Commission Friday Seminar on “The Development of an Indicator Framework for the post-2015 Development Agenda: Towards a nationally owned monitoring system for the SDGs”,
New York, 27 February 2015

A Statistical Commission Friday Seminar on “The Development of an Indicator Framework for the post-2015 Development Agenda” will take place on 27 February 2015 to further the discussion on issues related to the development of indicators to monitor the post-2015 development agenda and hear from both data producers and data users. The Seminar will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/statcom_2015/seminars/post-2015/default.html

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


January 2015

Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics,
New York, 15-16 January 2015

The United Nations Statistics Division and the Statistical Office of the European Communities are organizing the Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics. The conference seeks to formulate an adequate response to the increased demand for detailed and timely data to monitor progress on the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda. These goals and targets are universal in the sense that they concern all United Nations Member States, but they are specific at the same time in the way they are formulated at sub-national, national and regional levels. These new demands require a more efficiently functioning national statistical system. This Conference is organized as a High-Level Forum of official statisticians with the purpose to seek a broad consensus on the strategic agenda for statistics for the consideration of the 46th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2015.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2015/NewYork/lod.asp

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


Regional Workshop for countries in Asia and the Pacific on “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy”,
Bangkok, Thailand, 20-23 January 2015

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising a regional workshop within the United Nations Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy”. The project is led by UNSD in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Recognising the importance of high quality statistics and their effective use in promoting evidence-based socio-economic policies and achieving internationally agreed goals, the project aims to enhance the national statistical systems’ capacity in selected pilot countries. This is expected to lead to the production of good quality, timely and reliable statistics and indicators to inform about progress towards achieving a green economy in the context of sustainable development.
The workshop will serve as an opportunity to strengthen national data production and coordinate efforts for improving underlying environment, energy, agricultural and other statistics in the region. It will bring together statisticians and policy makers that use and produce such indicators. Moreover, the workshop is important given the current policy context and the emergence of the sustainable development goals in the context of the post 2015 development agenda, as well as national efforts to move towards sustainable development around the world.
Key elements of the workshop include: a review of potential indicators, suitable for developing countries, that can be used to inform on green economy and sustainable development issues; the sharing of experiences from the assessment exercise in the four pilot countries of the region; and a more detailed discussion of technical issues in selected areas of statistics that are relevant for the compilation of indicators informing on green economy issues. The workshop will be followed by direct technical assistance to the pilot countries in the next phase of this project.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/greeneconomy

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