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UNSD Calendar of Events

August 2014

Fourth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and Global Forum on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information,
UNHQ, New York, 4-8 August 2014

UNSD is organizing the Fourth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), to be held in New York, 6-8 August 2014. As a formal inter-governmental mechanism, UN-GGIM is playing a leading role in setting the agenda and direction for the development of global geospatial information and in promoting 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.
The 4th Session of UN-GGIM will be held in conjunction with the Global Forum on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, 4-5 August. Convened in accordance with Statistical Commission decision 44/101 and UN-GGIM decision 3/107, the Global Forum will bring together senior leaders from both statistical and geospatial communities to discuss the strategic vision and goals for the integration of statistical and geospatial information.

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

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


Workshop on Gender Statistics for countries from the Pacific region,
Nadi, Fiji, 4-6 August 2014

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), is organizing a workshop on Gender Statistics for countries from the Pacific region. The workshop will take place in Nadi, Fiji, from 4 to 6 August 2014. This is one of a series of workshops conducted by UNSD, under the Global Gender Statistics Programme, to provide training and assistance to strengthen the capacity of countries to produce and disseminate gender statistics and to use gender statistics for policymaking. These workshops focus primarily on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics, Time Use Statistics and Statistics on Violence against Women. The workshops aim to promote and train national statisticians on agreed international standards, share best practices and ensure collaboration and networking among gender statisticians and other relevant stakeholders, for the production, dissemination and communication of gender statistics that are policy relevant, internationally comparable and technically sound. The workshop for the Pacific region will assist national statisticians with translating international guidelines into practice at the national level, taking into account the specific contexts of countries in the region

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


July 2014

Workshop on the Measurement of Household Production for Satellite Accounts and 36th Conference of the International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR),
Turku, Finland, 29 July 2014

The UN Statistics Division is extending fellowships to selected statisticians from National Statistical Offices in developing countries to participate in a workshop on the Measurement of Household Production for Satellite Accounts, organized by IATUR in collaboration with Statistics Finland. The main objective of the workshop is to train statisticians on how to build a satellite account for household production (data needed, sources and methods for the compilation of accounts). Participants will also attend the 36th International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR) Conference, to be held after the workshop, from 30 July to 1 August 2014. The conference will serve as an important opportunity to share, review and discuss methods and tools among statisticians and researchers interested in theoretical and empirical areas related to measuring and producing statistics on time use.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://www.iatur2014.fi/

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


June 2014

Ninth Meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA),
UNHQ, New York, 25 - 27 June 2014

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 Ninth UNCEEA meeting will discuss how the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) can inform the current process on the development of SDGs and the role of the UNCEEA in advancing the work on indicators. It will also discuss modalities of cooperation with the corporate sector developing sustainability reporting and the input-output community working on multiregional input-output (MRIO) analysis. The meeting will also discuss a proposal for a medium-term programme of work for the implementation of the SEEA. It will discuss the work programme of the technical committee on the SEEA Central Framework, including proposals for core set of tables and accounts and process to finalize them, training of trainers, compilation guidelines and other materials supporting the implementation of the SEEA.

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


May 2014

Regional Workshop on Production and Use of Vital Statistics: Applying Tools and Materials Available to Improve Vital Statistics,
Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 26 - 30 May 2014

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), a regional institution of the UNESCAP, and Statistics Korea, the national statistical authority of the Republic of Korea is organizing the Third Regional Workshop on Production and Use of Vital Statistics: Applying Tools and Materials Available to Improve Vital Statistics. The regional workshop will be conducted from 26 to 30 May 2014 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea. With the view to strengthen technical capacity to contribute to the efforts in improving civil registration and vital statistics systems, the workshop aims to increase the knowledge of government statisticians and civil registration officials about the revised international principles and recommendations for compiling, processing and disseminating vital statistics; and improve their capability in identifying gaps and challenges in applying international standards to improve their vital statistics system. The participants of the workshop consist of one statistician and one civil registrar from 14 Asian countries.

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


United Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and Communication,
Niamey, Niger, 13 - 15 May 2014

The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, with the purpose of providing 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 additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/niger/default.html

Contact: Aida Diawara, Tel. +1 917 367 9433, E-mail: diawara1@un.org


Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of recommendations,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 12 - 16 May 2014

Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of recommendations organized jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 12 to 16 May 2014 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The objective of the seminar is to strengthen the capacity of the national statistical systems of countries throughout the African continent in statistics of international trade in goods and services. This activity forms a significant part of the broader effort to improve integrated economic statistics through the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts.
The seminar will bring together national experts in the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics (IMTS), statistics of international trade in services (SITS), and the goods and services accounts of the balance of payments. The agenda is meant to elicit hands-on discussion and focuses on the status and, especially, the challenges encountered in the implementation of the international recommendations in these fields. A specific item on the agenda is the report of the results of the IMTS quality assessment questionnaire, along with selected issues of concern. Other topics are bridging IMTS and BOP, informal cross border trade, linking trade and the business register, FATS, and data dissemination. The joint activity is an important component in the overall effort to improve evidence-based policy making in Africa.

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


April 2014

Second Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses,
New York, 29 April - 02 May 2014

The United Nations Statistics Division is conducting the Second Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses in New York, 29 April - 2 May 2014. The first meeting took place in November 2013 and resulted in establishing three working groups, each focussing on particular part of the principles and recommendations. The second meeting of the expert group will review the consolidated input and contributions and discuss both general and specific issues and topics, leading to the draft text of revised principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses. This expert group comprises of over fifty experts from national statistical offices and international and regional organizations.

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


28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN),
New York, 28 April - 02 May 2014

Preparations are underway for the staging of the 28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) to be held from April 28 to May 2, 2014 at the United Nations headquarters in New York, in conference room 2 of the Secretariat Building. This session being organised by the UNSD, brings together experts consisting of cartographers, geographers, names experts, historians, linguists, planners and surveyors who are expected to share best practices, cooperative ventures and new developments in geographical names administration and practical outcomes of names standardization. It is expected that the programme of work, issues and challenges will be addressed through the discussions and interactions of attendees from Member States and about 20 linguistic Divisions. There will also be side events, consisting of Divisional meetings and learning centres, in addition to an exhibition of maps and posters showcasing indigenous geographical names. The upcoming 28th Session of UNGEGN will be another milestone and step by a global community of experts who share the vision and goals of making available geographical names, a fundamental data set which supports geospatial information management, and enables decision making for sustainable development.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/ungegnSession28.html

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


Workshop for the UNSD-DFID project on "Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs",
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21-25 April 2014

The workshop "CountryData: Building better dissemination systems for national development indicators," organized by UNSD, will take place from 21 - 25 April in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This workshop is the fourth in a series of international workshops planned by the UNSD-DFID Project on “Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs”. The series of workshops has served to build capacity around implementing the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) dissemination model promoted by the project. The fourth workshop will, in particular, look at complex issues and advanced topics in SDMX mapping and exchange. It will also focus on metadata and its use in discrepancy analysis, with a long term view to reducing discrepancies between national and international development data. The training will be led by UNSD and will bring together statistical and IT project focal points from the 11 countries participating in the project.

For more information, please refer to the website:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/countrydata4/default.html

Contact: Elena de Jesus, Tel. +1 212 963 3893, E-mail: dejesuse@un.org


March 2014

United Nations Regional Seminar on Promotion and Utilization of Census Results and on the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses,
Pretoria, South Africa, 24-26 March 2014

UNSD in collaboration with Statistics South Africa, the African Development Bank, UNFPA and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa African Centre for Statistics, is organizing a Regional Seminar on Promotion and Utilization of Census Results and on the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. The objectives of the Regional Seminar is to discuss lessons learnt and share national experience from the 2010 round of population and housing censuses with regard to effective strategies for promoting the dissemination and utilization of census data. The regional seminar will also provide an opportunity to gather the input of African countries towards the revision of the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. The knowledge shared during the Regional Seminar will enable participating countries to promote utilization of their census data from the 2010 round and to better plan and develop strategies for utilization of data from censuses conducted during the 2020 round.

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


Training for trainers on Energy Statistics and Balances in the Arab region,
Muscat, Oman, 9-13 March 2014

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training for trainers on Energy Statistics and Balances in the Arab region on 9-13 March 2014 in Muscat, Oman. The training is organized in cooperation with the Statistical Center for the Cooperation Council for the Arab countries of the Gulf (GCC Stat), the International Energy Agency and UNSD. The aim of the workshop is (a) to build capacity of experts in energy statistics to collect basic energy statistics and compile energy balances and (b) to review the links between energy statistics and energy accounts, energy efficiency indicators and CO2 emissions. UNSD staff will participate as a resource person in the training.

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


February 2014

25th Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG indicators,
New York, 26-27 February 2014

The 25th Meeting of Inter-agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators (IAEG-MDGs) will be organised by UN Statistics Division on 26 and 27 February 2014 in New York. The Meeting will discuss how to prepare the 2014 global MDG monitoring report and related outputs. During the Meeting, the outcome of the informal meeting of the Open Working Group on measuring progress and its implication to the IAEG-MDGs will also be reviewed. The meeting will be preceded by a half day meeting by the Task Team on Lessons learnt from MDG monitoring and a half day meeting by the sub-group on Use of Administrative Data for Monitoring Development Goals and Targets on 25 February 2014.

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


9th Regional JODI Training Workshop,
Baku, Azerbaijan, 25-27 February 2014

The International Energy Forum (IEF) in collaboration with the JODI partners APEC, Eurostat, IEA, OPEC, OLADE and UNSD is organizing the 9th Regional JODI Training Workshop on 25-27 February 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Workshop aims to improve the quality and availability of monthly oil data and train participants in the collection and reporting of monthly gas data within the JODI programme. The work on gas data is especially important in light of the upcoming launch of the JODI-Gas database in May 2014. UNSD staff will participate as a resource person in the training.

Contact: Alexander Blackburn, Tel. +1 212 963 5822, E-mail: blackburna@un.org


January 2014

Data Managers Meeting,
New York, 22-24 January 2014

The Fourth Data Managers Meeting will be held in New York, from 22 to 24 January 2014, hosted by the UN Statistics Division. The Meeting will provide an opportunity for data managers from international agencies to update each other on recent developments in data dissemination and identify ways of expanding and improving the UNdata portal further (data.un.org) . The meeting will cover several specific topics, including: Data Revolution, SDMX, and the use of API.

Contact: Abdulla Gozalov, Tel. +1 212 963 4547, E-mail: gozalov@un.org