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16 February 2012
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Counting the 7 Billion:
The Future of Population and Housing Censuses

24 February 2012, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Conference Rm. 3, Temporary North Lawn Building
United Nations, New York

The Seminar is a part of a series of one-day high level seminars dedicated to topics of great relevance for the global statistical community, which UNSD has been organizing on the Friday before the Statistical Commission session. 

The 2010 round of population and housing censuses has witnessed the highest level of participation of countries in conducting a census. With the overwhelming majority of countries having completed a census by the end of 2011, it is time to review the experiences of census taking by countries and identify the new developments observed during the round. 

The Friday seminar in 2012 will provide a discussion forum for statistical managers to share lessons learned from the 2010 round of population and housing censuses and reflect on the likely future of census-taking. The seminar will be opened by a keynote speech on “Future of Population and Housing Censuses in Developing Countries”. It will also have three panel discussions focusing on 1) Emerging Issues in Data Collection, 2) Challenges and Benefits of Using Modern Technologies, and 3) Challenges Confronting Censuses.

Organizer: United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Morning Session, 9:30 - 13:00

Chairperson:
Katherine K. Wallman, Chief Statistician, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, United States of America
9:30-10:30 Keynote Speech:
Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General, Statistics South Africa
Future of Population and Housing Censuses in Developing Countries
  Discussion
10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Panel Discussion on Emerging Issues in Data Collection

Panelists:
(i) Pieter Everaers, Director, EUROSTAT
  (ii) Dudy S. Sulaiman, Deputy Chief Statistican, Statistics Indonesia
  (iii) Peter Harper, Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
  (iv) C. Chandramouli, Registrar General and Census Commissioner, India
  Discussion
13:00-14:00

Lunch break

Afternoon Session, 14:00 - 17:00

Chairperson:
Shigeru Kawasaki, Former Director-General, Japan Statistical Bureau President-elect, International Association for Official Statistics
14:00-15:30 Panel Discussion on Challenges and Benefits of Using Modern Technologies
Panelists:
(i) Ki-Jong Woo, Commissioner, Statistics Korea
  (ii) Lei Celestino, Head of Computer System Administration Sector, Statistics and Census Service, Macao SAR, China
  (iii) Geert Bruinooge, Deputy Director General, Statistics Netherlands
  (iv) Marcia Maria Melo Quintslr, Director of Surveys, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatistica, Brasil.
  Discussion
15:30-16:00

Coffee break

16:00-17:00 Panel Discussion on Challenges Confronting Censuses

Panelists:
(i) Nailin Feng, Director-General, Department of Population and Employment Statistics, National Bureau of Statistics of China
  (ii) Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape, President, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía, Mexico
  Discussion