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The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

7 July 2020 - The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020 reviews progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development amid the COVID-19 crisis. The report uses the latest available data and estimates to track progress towards the SDGs before the pandemic started, but it also looks at some of the devastating initial impacts of COVID-19 on specific Goals and targets. Follow the launch live on 7 July at 12:30am ET via webtv.un.org.

Highlights from a global COVID -19 survey of National Statistical Offices

5 June 2020 - The Statistics Division, in partnership with World Bank's Development Data Group and in coordination with the UN Regional Commissions, launched a report on highlights from a global COVID -19 survey of National Statistical Offices, conducted between 5 and 17 May 2020 with the participation of 122 National Statistical Offices. This report presents information on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operation of NSOs, their responses, and the ensuing needs of financial and technical support. Read more.

How Covid-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective

A new report published by the Committee of Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual incomes and employment, well-being of women and children, levels of violence, access to public services, and more. The report is available here .

Launch of the UN COVID-19 Data Hub

As part of the UN COVID-19 response the Statistics Division in partnership with Esri has launched UN COVID-19 Data Hub through the use of web GIS technologies for sharing available data and web services in an open and interoperable environment, linking to a federated network of national and global COVID-19 data hubs.

Response of statistical systems to COVID-19

Stakeholders from across the global statistical community are ready to support national statistical offices in addressing multiple challenges of the current crisis. As part of this efforts, UNSD is collaborating with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and Open Data Watch, launching a website to share guidance, best practices, information resources and tools to help statistical organizations function during an emergency situation in which most of their staff is suddenly unable to work on-site.

2020 Statistics Division in Brief

The United Nations Statistics Division is committed to the advancement of the global statistical system.
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Meetings and events


--Virtual event--    23 June - 20 October 2020
Virtual Expert Forum on SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting 2020

--Virtual event--    11 August - 1 September 2020
Webinars on COVID-19 impact on civil registration and vital statistics, Latin America UN Legal Identity Agenda Task Force, Global CRVS Group, Organisation of American States, UNECLAC

--Virtual event--    3 - 6 September 2020
AIS Hackathon


--Virtual event--    6 - 9 July 2020
15th Meeting of the UNCEEA

Virtual meeting    29 - 30 June 2020
Fourth Meeting of the Friends of the Chair Group on Economic Statistics

--Virtual event--    16 - 30 June 2020
Webinars on COVID-19 impact on civil registration and vital statistics, African countries

--Virtual event--    25 June 2020
SDMX Workshop on IMTS for Botswana

Kuwait City    24 - 28 June 2020 Postponed
UNSD/ESCWA/GCCSTAT Regional Workshop on IMTS

--Virtual event--    16 - 18 June 2020
Special meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on Business and Trade Statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on business and trade statistics

Jakarta    16 - 18 June 2020 Postponed
Regional Training Workshop on the Use of Mobile Phone Data

Boston    15 - 16 June 2020 Postponed
UN Comtrade User Forum

Virtual meeting    11 June 2020
Eighteenth meeting of the HLG-PCCB

--Virtual event--    4 - 9 June 2020
United Nations Expert Group Meeting on International Migration Statistics: Concepts, Definitions, Data and Indicators

Virtual meeting    26 May, 2 & 9 June 2020
Virtual High-Level Forum Events on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management

Virtual meetimg    29 May 2020
Use Versus Protection: Data in the Balance During COVID-19

Virtual meetimg    28 May 2020
SDMX Workshop on IMTS for South Africa

Pretoria    20 - 21 May 2020 Postponed
2nd Natural Capital Accounting Forum in South Africa

New York    19 - 21 May 2020 Postponed
Expert Group Meeting on Population Registers as Basis for Population and Housing Censuses

Georgetown    13 - 15 May 2020 Postponed
Regional SDMX Training Workshop on Economic Statistics for Caribbean Countries

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