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Managing the Data Revolution

United Nations Statistical Commission
New York, USA
28 February 2014


The Friday Seminar on Emerging Issues has as its theme this year: “Managing the Data Revolution: Integrated Statistics and Partnerships in Data for Statistical Organizations in the Post-2015 Era”. It will provide the setting for an interactive dialogue between the providers of official statistics and their existing and prospective partners in data on the formulation of shared statistical objectives within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

For instance, engagement with business around corporate sustainability means working on a partnership regarding robust and internationally agreed accountability measures in order to make business commitments transparent and to ensure that progress towards them is real. Civil society as a partner may lead to finding new data sources to measure an enabling environment of societies, , whereas research institutes like the World Resources Institute (WRI) are invaluable in increasing sources of information on many topics like a sustainable food future, or ecosystems and human well-being. Recently, WRI developed map-based monitoring platforms for deforestation (Global Forest Watch) and water management (Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas). These map-based monitoring systems demonstrate the power of partnerships in sharing purpose, techniques, knowledge and data.

These success stories should lead to further data initiatives where the official statistical community can play a significant role by sharing their knowledge of statistical methods and techniques, but also by giving access to their micro-data on businesses, households, individuals and land cover. Cooperation with the national statistical offices (NSOs) can also strengthen the credibility of these data initiatives through the independence and trust of national statistical offices (NSOs).

NSOs need to prepare themselves for the high demands that will inevitably arise from the post-2015 development agenda for integrated economic, social and environmental statistics. They should introduce innovations in their structures, systems and processes to increase their efficiency and ability to adapt to new requests. Moreover their adoption of the corporate business architecture based on standardized statistical information models will enhance the flexibility in business operations and enable the sharing of methods, components, processes and data repositories within their organization and across statistical organizations. Also, advancing open and easy access to micro-data will increase the relevance and value of the official statistics, and will further the NSOs in delivering their mission in the post-2015 era.


Friday, 28 February 2014

10:00 - 13:00
Partnerships in Data
Introduction Mr. Ivo Havinga, Chief, Economic Statistics Branch, United Nations Statistics Division
Opening Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Keynote Ms. Amina J. Mohamed, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning
Panelists Mr. Kees Kruythoff, Unilever, President North America
  Mr. Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary-General of CIVICUS-World Alliance
  Ms. Janet Ranganathan, Vice-President for Science and Research, World Resource Institute
  Ms. Shaida Badiee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch
15:00 - 18:00
Integrated Statistics
Introduction Mr. Ronald Jansen, Chief, Trade Statistics Branch, United Nations Statistics Division
Chair Mr. Walter Radermacher, Chief Statistician of the European Union
Keynote Mr. Wayne Smith, Chief Statistician of Canada
Panelists Dr. Lina Castro, Deputy Director-General of the Philippine Statistics Authority
  Ms. Carol Coy, Director General, Statistical Institute of Jamaica
  Ms. Haishan Fu, Director, Development Data Group, World Bank


Presentations and Video added
5 June 2014

Video of the seminar has been added as well as all presentations. The videos are posted above under "Media" and the presentations can be found by clicking the red icon following each agenda item.

Introduction updated
25 February 2014

Introduction text updated.

Downloads added, Intro updated
24 February 2014

Introduction text updated. Background documents as well as an updated Concept Note have been added to the Downloads section.

Event page launched
21 February 2014

Event page launched with downloadable materials.