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International Forum on Migration Statistics 2018

15-01-2018  – 16-01-2018 Paris

OECD, IOM and UNDESA (represented by UNSD and UNPD) propose to co-organise a regular International Forum on Migration Statistics. The first Forum will be hosted at OECD's conference centre in Paris. The location of the Forum will rotate between the three co-organising agencies. The Forum will also involve partner organisations that will contribute to relevant sessions.

This event will enhance the exchange of information, promote mutual learning and facilitate cooperation among relevant stakeholders. It will bring together producers, analysts and users of migration statistics, and will create a community of interest focused on migration measurement issues. It will mobilise expertise from a wide range of disciplines - such as political science, economics, demography, development studies, migration studies, geospatial science, sociology, statistics, and information technology - that can contribute to an improved global understanding of international migration in all its dimensions.

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UNDA10 - Workshop for EECCA countries, Mongolia, Russia and Turkey - Integrating non-traditional data sources in the production of the SDG indicators

28-11-2017  – 30-11-2017 Almaty

The Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data acknowledges the urgent need for National statistical systems (NSS) to adapt and develop to meet the widening, increasing and evolving requirements of data to monitor the progress towards goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as provide adequate data for data users, especially decision-makers. The UN Development Account 10th tranche programme on Statistics and Data (UNDA10) addresses these challenges and brings together the collective efforts of ten implementing entities into a comprehensive programme aiming at strengthening national statistical systems to measure, monitor and report on the sustainable development goals.

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Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)

27-11-2017  – 01-12-2017 Libreville

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a sub-regional workshop entitled “Workshop on Environment Statistics in support of the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) for the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) region”, in collaboration with the African Development Bank. It will take place in Libreville, Gabon from 27 November to 1 December 2017, with on-ground support being provided by the ECCAS Secretariat and the Government of Gabon. Several other international and inter-governmental organizations are expected to participate in the Workshop, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), l’Institut Sous-régional de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ISSEA), la Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), La Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinée, (COREP), Pool Energétique de l'Afrique Centrale (PEAC) and L’Observatoire Économique et Statistique d’Afrique Subsaharienne (AFRISTAT).

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Workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems for East Asian Countries

13-11-2017  – 17-11-2017 Hanoi

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) organizing a Workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems for East Asian Countries. The workshop will be conducted from 13 to 17 November 2017 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

This workshop is intended to go in depth into the issues of implementing the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, promulgated in 2014. With the view of strengthening technical capacity, the workshop will increase the knowledge of statisticians, civil registration and/or identity management officials and health officials about the revised Handbook on civil registration and vital statistics systems: management, operation and maintenance; and improve their capability in identifying obstacles and challenges for achieving complete coverage of their systems.

The workshop will also provide a forum for exchange of national experiences in evaluating vital statistics and discussing the capacity of participating countries to deliver quality national vital statistics for international compilation and dissemination. Current practices for setting up a holistic framework that encompasses Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems will be reviewed.

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  • María Isabel Cobos Hernandez, Tel.: 1-917-367-3072, E-mail: cobos@un.org

4th International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics: Data collaboratives and trusted data

8-11-2017  – 10-11-2017 Bogota

Big Data, administrative data and traditional statistical data sources should be treated together via a multi-source approach; the challenge is not to overcome problems of using Big Data in itself, but to achieve trusted data collaboration; and in that respect the UN Global Working Group on Big Data needs a collaborative Global Platform for the overall organization of its work. Data collaboratives are a new challenge and new opportunity for the community of official statistics - in relation to Big Data, to the SDGs, to the sharing of data, services, technologies, and know how. The event is organized in collaboration of the UN Global Working Group, DANE and the Colombian Ministry for ICT.

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Regional Training Workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in China

6-11-2017  – 8-11-2017 Beijing

This workshop is jointly organized by the National Bureau of Statistics of China, United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations Environment Programme and the European Union, in close collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, countries and other international organizations. The workshop will devote three days with international experts to discuss the conceptual framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) based on the recently developed Technical Recommendations of Ecosystem Accounting. Specifically, the programme of the will be organized around four themes:

  1. Overview of the SEEA EEA and its implementation strategy
  2. Core ecosystem accounting framework:
  3. Valuation of Ecosystem Services:
  4. Thematic Accounts

During the 3-day training participants will also discuss and share their experiences on the implementation of the SEEA EEA. The training may explore further technical issues related to the SEEA EEA, including the ecosystem-related indicators for Sustainable Development Goals and the SEEA Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry.

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The Seminar on the UN Methodological Guidelines on the Production of Statistics on Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective (EDGE meeting)

01-11-2017  – 02-11-2017 Rome

This seminar will present the UN Methodological Guidelines on the Production of Statistics on Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective, developed under the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project. The guidelines provide national statistical agencies and policy makers with guidance on collecting, processing, analysing and disseminating individual-level household survey data on asset ownership. Lessons learned from the EDGE pilot countries which tested the methodology will also be shared. The meeting will also cover the methodology proposed to measure and monitor SDG indicator 5.a.1 (5.a.1 (a) Proportion of total agricultural population with ownership or secure rights over agricultural land, by sex; and (b) share of women among owners or rights-bearers of agricultural land, by type of tenure), in line with the EDGE methods.

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

Inception Mission to China for the Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services project

31-10-2017  – 3-11-2017 Beijing

The United Nations Statistics Division, United Nations Environment Programme, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity have launched the project "Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services" in China. The project, funded by the European Union, aims to mainstream natural capital accounting and valuation of ecosystem services in data driven decision and policy making. The objectives of the inception mission is to undertake consultations together with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China with various line ministries and stakeholders for the development of a work programme for the implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EEA) in China. A stakeholder consultation meeting, hosted by the NBS, will take place from 1 to 2 November 2017 in Beijing, China, to 1) officially launch the project in China; 2) to identify how the SEEA EEA could support sustainable development policy initiatives in China; 3) to discuss and elaborate the statistical programme of Natural Capital Accounting in China, and 4) to discuss and agree on the project management arrangements and the work programme for the implementation of the project.

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Workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems for South American Countries

30-10-2017  – 03-11-2017 Bogota

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in cooperation with the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF), is organizing a Workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems for South American Countries. The workshop will take place in Bogota, Colombia, from 30 October to 3 November 2017 and will be conducted in English with interpretation in Spanish.

This workshop is intended to go in depth into the issues of implementing the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, promulgated in 2014. With the view of strengthening technical capacity, the workshop will increase the knowledge of statisticians, civil registration and/or identity management officials and health officials about the revised Handbook on civil registration and vital statistics systems: management, operation and maintenance; and improve their capability in identifying obstacles and challenges for achieving complete coverage of their systems.

The workshop will also provide a forum for exchange of national experiences in evaluating vital statistics and discussing the capacity of participating countries to deliver quality national vital statistics for international compilation and dissemination. Current practices for setting up a holistic framework that encompasses Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems will be reviewed.

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  • Maria Isabel Cobos Hernandez, Tel.: +1 917 367 3072, E-mail: cobos@un.org

11th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (11th IAEG-GS)

30-10-2017  – 31-10-2017 Rome

The meeting will bring together national and international experts to review and discuss issues related to the development of gender statistics. In particular, the meeting will: (a) review methodological developments in key areas of gender concerns in the SDG framework; (b) review the work of the IAEG-GS Advisory Group on Gender Indicators and the alignment of the Minimum Set of Gender Indicators with the Global SDG indicator framework; (c) provide an update on the work undertaken in the field of gender statistics by the IAEG-GS Members; (d) review capacity building efforts in gender statistics; and (e) discuss the preparation of the 7th Global Forum on Gender Statistics, hosted by Japan in November 2018.

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

Meeting on Electronic Waste Statistics for the East African Community Region

28-10-2017  – 28-10-2017 Arusha

Given UNSD’s recent work with the EAC member states in conducting a Pilot Questionnaire on Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Statistics in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), a one-day Meeting focusing on E-Waste Statistics will be organized by UNU back-to-back with the Final Workshop and be held in Arusha, Tanzania on 28 October 2017. This meeting shall help improving data availability and quality in Africa.

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Measuring the contribution of Islamic Finance to the economy - Workshop on Islamic Finance in the National Accounts

24-10-2017  – 26-10-2017 Beirut

The workshop is organized by STAT/DESA jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Islamic finance does not operate in the same way as conventional finance as it follows the Shari’ah Islamic law, principles and rules, which do not permit receipt and payment of interest, excessive uncertainty, gambling, or short sales or financing activities that are considered to be harmful to society. The workshop aims to increase the capacity of participating countries on the statistical treatment of Islamic finance in the national accounts. The workshop will address proposals on how to sectorize Islamic financial instruments and the corresponding property income and related transactions, and how to calculate and record the output of Islamic financial services.

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

Final Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region

23-10-2017  – 27-10-2017 Arusha

As part of the Development Account Project on Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will organize the Final Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community (EAC) member states in Arusha, Tanzania from 23 to 27 October 2017.

The Workshop will focus on discussing the progress in the implementation of the FDES 2013, finalizing a regional environment statistics compendium and finalizing a list of regional indicators based on EAC policies which will help countries prioritize their work to improve regional integration. The countries will present the results made in environment statistics during the project. They will also share their experiences by presenting the main challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Other topics related to environment statistics will be presented, such as climate change statistics.

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2017 International Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals Statistics (ICSDGS)

04-10-2017  – 06-10-2017 Manila

The Philippines, through the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), is organizing the 2017 International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals Statistics (ICSDGS) on 4-6 October 2017 in Manila, Philippines.

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6th SDMX Global Conference - 'SDMX for the Data Revolution'

02-10-2017  – 05-10-2017 Addis Ababa

The 6th SDMX Global Conference will be held from 2 to 5 October 2017 at the ECA Conference Centre (ECACC), Menelik II Ave., in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This year’s conference is hosted jointly by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), with the theme 'SDMX for the Data Revolution'. Topics for this year’s event include:

  • • Global data sharing
    • Data validation
    • Applying SDMX to improve statistical business processes
    • SDMX infrastructure and tools
    • SDMX and global standardisation

  • The agenda of the meeting will be made available around July 31st 2017.

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    International Workshop on Statistical Classifications for ECLAC countries

    25-09-2017  – 28-09-2017 Havana

    An International Workshop on Statistical Classifications for ECLAC countries will be organized by UNSD in Havana, Cuba, on 25-28 September 2017. The workshop will be organized jointly with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Oficina Nacional de Estadística e Información of Cuba. The workshop will be coordinated with the Working Group on International Classifications (GTCI), operating under the guidance of the Statistical Conference of the Americas. The workshop will review progress made in the regional efforts, which have so far resulted in the development of training modules on classifications, translations of classifications and supporting materials, bilateral training exercises among member countries and linguistic tools to address terminological differences among countries that are difficult to address in classifications documents. The workshop will also address specific questions that have arisen in implementation efforts in the countries to provide conceptual guidance, especially focusing on the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC),

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    Training workshop short term economic indicators and service statistics

    25-09-2017  – 27-09-2017 Chiba

    The United Nations Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) in collaboration with the United Statistics Division (UNSD) is conducting a training workshop short term economic indicators and service statistics in Chiba, Japan during 25-27 September 2017. The training course focuses on contemporary issues in the production of macroeconomic indicators that are crucial for monitoring short term economic developments using standard 2008 SNA methods and related approaches. Specifically, the course will focus on statistics relating to business cycles, short -term macroeconomic indicators and service sector statistics including their associated measures. Participants have been drawn from Asia-Pacific countries. Other collaborating partners are the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC) of the Government of Japan and the Swiss Economic Institute.

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    International Seminar on Open Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

    25-09-2017  – 27-09-2017 Seoul

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) are organising an International Seminar on Open Data for the Sustainable Development Goals, to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 25-27 September 2017. This Seminar will contribute to the ongoing dialogue on the importance of Open Data initiatives in supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, drawing from the Seminar on Open Data held prior to the 48th session of the UN Statistical Commission in March 2017. The objective of this Seminar is to review and recommend solutions and best practices for making data more open and accessible by addressing the practical question of how to make data more open in the context of national statistical systems, from planning to a sustained and effective operation. Furthermore, the topic of Open Data will be reviewed and discussed by the 49th session of the UN Statistical Commission. The outcomes of this Seminar will provide valuable inputs to the points to be taken up for discussion by the Statistical Commission.

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    UN Comtrade Data Fair

    25-09-2017  – 25-09-2017 Geneva

    Just preceding the 2017 WTO Public Forum, the United Nations Statistics Division will organize the first one-day UN Comtrade Data Fair in close collaboration with the World Trade Organization and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.The main objective of this Fair is to explain and demonstrate the latest on international trade data and their analytical use for trade policies.

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    United Nations Regional Workshop on Evaluation and Analysis of Census Data

    18-09-2017  – 22-09-2017 Johannesburg

    The regional workshop is organized by the United Nations Population Fund's East and Southern Africa Regional Office and the United Nations Statistics Division.

    The main objective of the training workshop is to improve the capacity of NSOs within the East and Southern Africa region to undertake analysis and evaluation of the quality of census data on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of population, through demographic methods and comparison with other relevant data sources. The workshop will also provide a platform for discussing potential use of census data for generating SDG indicators related to demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of population and data disaggregation by age, sex, geographical location, disability and migration status.

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    Towards Building Sustainable Statistical Capacity for the Implementation and Review of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs

    13-09-2017  – 15-09-2017 Beijing

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China are jointly organizing a Seminar on Statistical Training from 13 to 15 September 2017 in Beijing, China. The main objective of the seminar titled ‘Towards Building Sustainable Statistical Capacity for the Implementation and Review of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs’ is to assess the training needs at the country level as well as assess training resources available in different global, regional and country level training institutions to match the rapidly evolving country demands in wake of the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

    In addition to taking stock of the demand and supply for statistical training across the world, the seminar will provide an opportunity to a few selected countries and global, regional and country level training institutions to deliberate on existing issues and challenges regarding training on official statistics and discuss strategies for the development of clear roadmap for demand-based training through a more harmonized and collaborative approach for training on official statistics across all regions.

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    Regional Workshop on International Trade Merchandise Trade Statistics

    11-09-2017  – 13-09-2017 Suzhou

    In order to better measure international trade, new recommendations for international merchandise trade statistics were adopted by all UN member states through the UN Statistical Commission in 2010. Countries have started implementing the new elements of these international standards, notably the trade by mode of transport, trade by country of consignment, trade by inward and outward processing, reporting customs procedure codes, and imports valuation on an FOB basis. And in addition, countries are encourage to provide the data elements to global repository of official international trade statistics database (UN Comtrade) maintained by UN Statistics Division.

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    Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications

    06-09-2017  – 08-09-2017 New York

    The Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications will hold its biennial meeting in New York on 6-8 September 2017. The Expert Group will discuss a wide range of topics, targeting specific classifications and broader issues including: new criteria for 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 draft of the revised Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP), a discussion on the need to revise or update the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) or the Central Product Classification (CPC), the International Classification of Status in Employment (ICSE), the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO08), and the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS).

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    Inter-regional seminar on national statistical systems reviews in Small Island Developing States

    01-08-2017  – 03-08-2017 Nadi

    An inter-regional seminar on national statistical systems reviews, gathering 25 participants from selected Caribbean and Pacific Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as well as regional and sub-regional partner organizations, was held in Nadi, Fiji on 1-3 August 2017. The seminar was jointly organised by ESCAP, ECLAC and UNSD in the framework of the 10th tranche of the Development Account Programme on Statistics and Data, and was hosted by the Fiji Government.

    The objective of the seminar was to achieve a common and improved understanding among participants on institutional, organisational and managerial arrangements that can best sustain the development of national statistical capacities with the objective to respond to user needs for high-quality and internationally comparable statistics including the production and dissemination of indicators for the follow up and review of progress towards the 2030. The Seminar also stimulated an exchange of best practices and lessons learned among countries having undergone a national statistical system review and eventually enlighten other SIDS in the Pacific and the Caribbean that would wish to undertake such a review. Eventually, the seminar generated recommendations on how to best organise and conduct a national statistical system review that would contribute to the preparation, the implementation, the monitoring and/or the update of national strategies for the development of statistics. The outcome of the seminar will also contribute to the update of the 2003 edition of the UN Handbook on Statistical Organisations aiming at providing guidance to chief statisticians and senior managers of statistical organisations to achieve a modern, more integrated and coordinated national statistical system while reinforcing leadership, communication, and dialogue through institutional and organisational reforms.

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    Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

    31-07-2017  – 04-08-2017 New York

    The Seventh Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will be held from 31 July - 4 August 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Preceded by a number of related side events from 31 July - 1 August 2017, the Seventh Session of UN-GGIM ( 2-4 August 2017 ) will bring together senior officials and executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe

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    • Chee Hai Teo, Tel.: +1 212 963 4904, E-mail: teo@un.org
    • Vilma Frani, Tel.: +1 917-367 2903, E-mail: frani@un.org

    Technical Seminar on Legal Framework for Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems

    17-07-2017  – 19-07-2017 Manila

    The Technical Seminar on Legal Framework for Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems will be held on 17-19 July 2017 at the Multi-Function Hall 2 of the Asian Development Bank Headquarters (ADB HQ) located at 6 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

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    Expert Group Meeting on the Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics

    12-07-2017  – 14-07-2017 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics in New York on 12-14 July 2017. The main objective of the Expert Group Meeting is to initiate the revision of the UN Guidelines and Principles for the Development of Disability Statistics (https://unstats.un.org/unsd/publications/catalogue?selectID=269)- The revision with take into account the context of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provide guidance to countries on how to produce statistics on disability so as to better meet demands for good quality data for measuring and monitoring progress towards inclusion of persons with disabilities in development programmes.

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    United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Improving Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    20-06-2017  – 22-06-2017 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Population Division and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), will organise an expert group meeting on "Improving Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda". The meeting will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 20 to 22 June 2017. The objectives of the meeting are to: (a) discuss how "migratory status" can be defined in the context of SDG data disaggregation; (b) identify the SDG indicators that are directly related to international migration and indictors that should be further disaggregated by migratory status; and (c) assess data requirements for these indicators, identify gaps in exiting methodologies and propose strategies to overcome these gaps, including the use of innovative methodologies and non-traditional data sources. The outcome of the meeting will provide inputs to a technical report to guide the production and use of data for the migration-relevant SDG indicators by countries. The meeting will also formulate action-oriented recommendations on migration data collection and compilation for the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

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    Regional Workshop on the Compilation of the Tourism Satellite Account

    19-06-2017  – 20-06-2017 Manila

    The workshop is organized jointly by UNSD and the World Tourism Organization and will be hosted by the Philippine Statistics Authority and the Department of Tourism of the Philippines in Manila on 19-20 June 2017. Representatives of national statistical offices of 13 developing countries, mostly from the region, will participate in the workshop. Experts from developed economies and international organizations will share their experience on the implementation of Tourism Satellite Account (TSA).

    The purpose of the workshop is to explain what a TSA is, how it can be used for national tourism policies, and what the challenges are to compile it. The TSA provides a coherent framework to integrate and analyse the variety of economic statistics relevant to tourism, both on the supply (industry) side and on the demand (tourist) side. The TSA also provides an economic measure of the importance of tourism in terms of expenditures, GDP and employment which are comparable with similar measures for the overall economy.

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    Seminar on Accounting for Global Value Chains - jointly organized by Eurostat and UNSD

    06-06-2017  – 08-06-2017 Luxembourg City

    Eurostat and UNSD are jointly organizing a seminar on Accounting for Global Value Chains in Luxembourg on 6-8 June 2017.

    The seminar will discuss the Handbook on Accounting for Global Value Chains. The main objective of the Handbook is to provide a high-level overview of how economic statistics can be made more accurate and relevant in measuring the effects of globalization in national accounts and business statistics. The Handbook will provide a national perspective on globalization based on a Global Value Chain approach for specific industries in a multi-country supply chain of goods, value adding services and institutional arrangements. It should be helpful to a wide range of data compilers.

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    United Nations Regional Workshop on the 2020 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses: International Standards and Contemporary Technologies

    29-05-2017  – 01-06-2017 Dar es Salaam

    The regional workshop is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of Tanzania, the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank.

    The main objective of the workshop is to introduce two recently revised international guidelines; the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 3) and the Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 2), and the standards, concepts and methods contained therein in order to facilitate national planning and preparations for 2020 round censuses. The workshop will also provide a forum for reviewing national experience in, and document good practices on, the use of contemporary technologies including those for census mapping and data collection.

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    The International Workshop on Industrial Statistics in the Central American and the Caribbean Region

    09-05-2017  – 11-05-2017 Panama City

    The International Workshop on Industrial Statistics in the Central American and the Caribbean Region (9-11 May, Panama City, Panama), organized by STAT/DESA in collaboration with ECLAC, will focus on enhancing the capacity of national statistical systems of the Central American and the Caribbean Region countries in the area of industrial statistics. Staff of the national statistical offices and central banks will gain practical and methodological knowledge of issues related to the implementation of the United Nations International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics (IRIS) 2008 and the International Recommendations for the Index of Industrial Production (IRIIP) 2010. They will also gain practical and methodological knowledge of issues relating to SDG indicators and other indicator frameworks linked to industrial statistics.

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    United Nations Regional Workshop on the 2020 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses: International Standards and Contemporary Technologies

    08-05-2017  – 11-05-2017 Lagos

    The regional workshop is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division in collaboration with the National Population Commission of Nigeria, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank.

    The main objective of the workshop is to introduce two recently revised international guidelines; the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 3) and the Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 2), and the standards, concepts and methods contained therein in order to facilitate national planning and preparations for 2020 round censuses. The workshop will also provide a forum for reviewing national experience in, and document good practices on, the use of contemporary technologies including those for census mapping and data collection.

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    Fourth Meeting of the Expert Group on Environment Statistics

    03-05-2017  – 05-05-2017 Prague

    The Fourth Meeting of the Expert Group on Environment Statistics (EGES), organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), will be held in from 3 to 5 May 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The meeting will be hosted by the Czech Statistical Office. The meeting will be attended by approximately 35 experts in environment statistics from countries and regional and international organizations.

    The Statistical Commission at its forty-fourth session in 2013 endorsed the revised Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) (https://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/fdes.htm) as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries and requested UNSD to convene a standing Expert Group on Environment Statistics to collaborate with UNSD to assist the Statistics Division in future methodological work and other aspects of the application of the revised Framework in countries.

    The fourth meeting will discuss, inter alia: (i) the draft methodology sheets of the Manual for the Basic Set of Environment Statistics; (ii) the implementation of the FDES 2013 and the reporting template to summarize the results of the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT); (iii) environmentally-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators; (iv) the regular biennial data collection in water and waste statistics via the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics, as well as pilot testing in selected new areas; (v) best practices in environmentally-related censuses and surveys; and (vi) recent developments and plans in global work in climate change statistics and indicators.

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    Second meeting of the Technical Subgroup for the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose TSG-COICOP

    04-04-2017  – 06-04-2017 New York

    At its first meeting in March 2016 the TSG-COICOP discussed the time frame for the revision and drafted a first proposal for a new revised structure of COICOP. This draft was submitted to a global consultation in late 2016.

    The TSG-COICOP will now meet again to discuss the questions and comments received during the second global consultation and to resolve the remaining issues. During this meeting the TSG-COICOP will also discuss and finalize the new drafts for Divisions 01 and 06 that are currently being prepared as a reaction to the comments received during the second global consultation. The aim is to find good solutions for all stakeholders of the classification, to accommodate conflicting interests, and to reach a consensus for all divisions.

    Hence, the main objectives of the meeting are to (i) finalise the structure of the revised COICOP, (ii) to reach consensus on any issues that are still debated, and (iii) to organise the upcoming work of the TSG making the revised COICOP ready for endorsement by the UNSC.

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    Regional Workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistics Strengthening Data Compilation and Analytical Capacity

    03-04-2017  – 06-04-2017 Male

    The Customs Services of Maldives and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are jointly organizing a regional workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistic, with the theme of “Strengthening Data Compilation and Analytical Capacity”. The regional workshop will take place in Male, Maldives from 3 to 6 April 2017.

    As an ongoing capacity development project to strengthen trade data compilation and analytical capacity, the workshop’s objectives are to address questions regarding methodology and challenges in data compilation of International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS); exchange country experiences with issues such as data acquisition, data compilation strategies and data dissemination related to compilation of IMTS; establish close cooperation among institutions which are providing, compiling and using trade statistics and; acquire practical knowledge in trade data analysis through the use of TradeSift (http://www.tradesift.com) and data visualization. The ultimate goal is to enable compilers to produce international merchandise trade statistics of the highest quality and enable compilers and users to analyze trade statistics relevant to their needs.

    The target groups of participants are the compilers and users of IMTS respectively.

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    Fifth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

    28-03-2017  – 31-03-2017 Ottawa

    The fifth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), will be held from 28 to 31 March 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. The meeting will be hosted by Statistics Canada.

    This meeting will follow the same format as the 4th IAEG-SDG meeting, with a Members meeting taking place during the first two days (28 - 29 March) and a Plenary Session taking place during the second two days (30 - 31 March). During the plenary session, all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.

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    • Benjamin Rae, Tel.: +1 212 963 2678, E-mail: raeb@un.org
    • Heather Page, Tel.: +1 212 963 9266, E-mail: pageh@un.org

    Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region

    27-03-2017  – 31-03-2017 Arusha

    As part of the Development Account Project on Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will organize a regional workshop for the East African Community (EAC) member states in Arusha, Tanzania from 27 to 31 March 2017.

    The Workshop will focus on discussing the progress in the implementation of the FDES 2013, developing a list of regional indicators, and reviewing of data availability for the environmentally-related SDG indicators. The countries will present the progress made in environment statistics since the project’s inception. They will also share their experiences by presenting the main challenges they faced and how they overcame them. A draft list of regional indicators according to the EAC policies will be presented. The countries will discuss their relevance and data availability in their national context in working groups. A review of data availability for the environmentally-related SDG indicators and plans for filling gaps will be conducted. As part of this work, best practices in environmentally-related censuses and surveys will be presented.

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    United Nations Regional Workshop on the 2020 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses: International Standards and Contemporary Technologies

    20-03-2017  – 23-03-2017 Lusaka

    The main objective of the workshop is to introduce two recently revised international guidelines; the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 3) and the Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses (Revision 2), and the standards, concepts and methods contained therein in order to facilitate national planning and preparations for 2020 round censuses. The workshop will also provide a forum for reviewing national experience in, and document good practices on, the use of contemporary technologies including those for census mapping and data collection.

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    Inter-agency Meeting on Preparation for the 2017 SDG Reports

    01-03-2017  – 02-03-2017 New York

    This meeting will bring together the focal points and other involved participants from the international agencies responsible for submitting storylines and data for the 2017 SDG global reports and the global SDG indicator database. The meeting will provide an opportunity to review inputs received by the submission deadline, review missing inputs and brainstorm content and main messages for the reports. In addition, it will allow an opportunity for agencies and the Secretariat to discuss how to improve quality and availability of data and review any measurement issues regarding the SDG indicators, as well as discuss how to move forward for future collaboration among agencies.

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    Expert Group Meeting on Management and Evaluation of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems

    20-02-2017  – 24-02-2017 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is conducting an Expert Group Meeting on Management and Evaluation of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems. The main objective is to review the draft of the revised Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance; to provide further guidance on its content and structure with a view to ensuring that it provides countries with a reference document on the management aspects of civil registration and vital statistics, including evaluation of completeness. The revised Handbook is expected to be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for adoption.

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    • María-Isabel Cobos, Tel.: +1 917 367 3072, E-mail: cobos@un.org

    Regional Workshop on Strengthening the Collection and Use of International Migration Data in the Context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    31-01-2017  – 03-02-2017 Bangkok

    The workshop is jointly organised by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (represented by Statistics Division (UNSD) and Population Division (UNPD)) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (represented by the Statistics Division and the Social Development Division), for selected countries in South and South-East Asia. The workshop aims to increase the capacity of participating countries to produce comprehensive national migration data that meets international standards, and to enhance understanding of the uses and limitations of migration data for policy purposes and for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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    First UN World Data Forum

    15-01-2017  – 18-01-2017 Cape Town

    Following the decision of the 47th Session of the Statistical Commission, the High-level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda will organize a UN World Data Forum to engage with public and private measurements experts, statistical producers, information system specialists, and users as well as all other key stakeholders to discuss data for sustainable development. The first UN World Data Forum will be hosted by Statistics South Africa in Cape Town from 16 to 18 January 2017, with an opening ceremony held the evening of 15th January.

    Watch for more information and registration details at http://undataforum.org or follow on Twitter @UNDataForum

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    UNSD/ESCWA Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

    12-12-2016  – 14-12-2016 Muscat

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) of Oman, is organizing a Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme for Arabic speaking countries. This meeting is part of a series of regional meetings being organised in different regions of the world. Its objective is to review and discuss national experiences, including challenges faced and lessons learned, to measure the population with disabilities during censuses of the 2010 round. The Regional Meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for compilation of data on disability for the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, the Regional Meeting will foster intra-regional cooperation aimed at enhancing national capacity in disability measurement and improving the quality of data for monitoring the SDGs.

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    Technical Meeting on Use of Technology in Population and Housing Censuses

    28-11-2016  – 01-12-2016 Amman

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Department of Statistics (DoS) of Jordan, the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is organizing the United Nations Technical Meeting on Use of Technology in Population and Housing Censuses. The meeting will take place in Amman, Jordan from 28 November to 1 December 2016. This meeting will bring together national statisticians to review national experience in, and document good practices on, the use of electronic data collection technologies in census enumeration. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to review the business processes for successful implementation of electronic data collection technologies in population and housing censuses The outcomes of this meeting will serve as input towards the drafting of guidelines on the use of electronic data collection technologies in censuses.

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    Fourth Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs)

    15-11-2016  – 18-11-2016 Geneva

    The fourth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will be held from 15 to 18 November 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting will be hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.

    This meeting will have a slightly different format from prior meetings of the IAEG-SDGs, with a Members meeting taking place during the first two days (15 – 16 November) and a Plenary Session taking place during the second two days (17 – 18 November). During the plenary session, all countries, international and regional agencies and entities, and other stakeholders are invited to attend.

    The IAEG-SDGs was established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the global level, and to support its implementation.

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    United Nations Africa Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

    15-11-2016  – 17-11-2016 Kampala

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the African Center for Statistics of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ACS-ECA) and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, is organizing a Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme for the African region. This meeting is part of a series of regional meetings being organised in different regions of the world. Its objective is to review and discuss national experiences, including challenges faced and lessons learned, to measure the population with disabilities during censuses of the 2010 round. The Regional Meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for compilation of data on disability for the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, the Regional Meeting will foster intra-regional cooperation aimed at enhancing national capacity in disability measurement and improving the quality of data for monitoring the SDGs.

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    International Seminar on Data for Sustainable Development Goals: Data Disaggregation

    03-11-2016  – 04-11-2016 Seoul

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT) are organising an International Seminar on Data for Sustainable Development Goals: Data Disaggregation, to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 3-4 November 2016. This seminar will bring together international experts to discuss some of the challenges faced by national statistical systems in producing disaggregated data to monitor the sustainable development goals and targets and ensure no one is left behind. The main topics of the seminar include: national experiences and challenges in producing disaggregated data, innovative solutions to address the data needs of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and statistical capacity building initiatives aimed at reinforcing national statistical systems to produce disaggregated data. The discussions will contribute to a work plan or suggest project(s) to coordinate efforts to enhance nationally produced disaggregated data.

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    6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics

    24-10-2016  – 26-10-2016 Helsinki

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Finland are organising the 6th Global Forum on Gender Statistics under the Global Gender Statistics Programme and guidance from the Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS). The Forum will be held in Helsinki, Finland from 24 to 26 October 2016 and will focus on data and statistical methods for the follow up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators framework, from a gender perspective. Gender Statistics Forums have proven to be an important opportunity to take stock of progress towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment and to review data availability, data challenges and countries’ capacities to measure and monitor gender-relevant issues. Forums are also the ideal venues to share and discuss initiatives and tools related to the collection, production, dissemination and use of gender statistics.

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

    10th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS)

    23-10-2016  – 23-10-2016 Helsinki

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the 10th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) in Helsinki, Finland on 23 October 2016. The meeting will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, international agencies, regional commissions and other experts to discuss methodological developments to measure selected indicators under SDG 5, other gender relevant SDG indicators, and to take stoke of ongoing and planned activities to fill in gender data gaps.

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

    Side Meeting and Round Table Discussion on CRVS assessment using Direct Methods during Latin American Population Association (ALAP) Conference

    18-10-2016  – 20-10-2016 Foz do Iguaçu

    The UN Statistics Division/DESA and the IUSSP Panel on Innovations in Strengthening CRVS Systems are organising these two events with the aim of showcasing recent methodological developments, and of fostering an exchange of regional experiences on how to best assess the completeness and accuracy of birth and death statistics, which are key indicators of CRVS system performance. A well-functioning civil registration system with information on births and deaths is a key source of data for vital statistics. Registration also helps to ensure the realization of human rights and to have access to benefits and protections of the state. In the 2030 development agenda, the need for accurate and timely vital statistics has been reaffirmed. Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognizes a direct link between civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems, legal identity and sustainable development. Moreover, the indicators selected to monitor progress of goal 17 include the proportion of countries that have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration by 2030.

    The side meeting will bring together regional specialists and experts involved with the development and/or the application of direct methods, especially through the use of record linkage validation for assessing the completeness and accuracy of births and deaths records based on data from civil registration and other administrative and health sources, at national or local levels. Complementary to this, there will be a round table entitled “CRVS assessment from the academic perspective” within the conference regular programme. Register for the side meeting and learn more about these activities.

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    • Maria Isabel Cobos-Hernandez, Tel.: +1 917 367 3072, E-mail: cobos@un.org

    Regional Workshop on International Trade Statistics

    26-09-2016  – 29-09-2016 Ashgabat

    The objective of the workshop is to improve the understanding of international recommendations on international merchandise trade statistics and on international trade in services statistics, to share hands-on experiences in data acquisition, data compilation strategies (including data standardization and checking), data quality framework and data analysis and dissemination among trade statistics compilers. Furthermore, the discussion will be touching upon the improvement of data access and flow within national statistical systems with better coordination and cooperation among data providers and compilers. The ultimate goal is to produce the highest quality of international trade in goods and services statistics, which are relevant for the policy makers at home and which are also comparable at the regional and international levels.

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    Global Preparatory Seminar for the UN World Data Forum

    07-09-2016  – 09-09-2016 Guilin, Guangxi Province

    The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of China and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will jointly organize a Global Preparatory Seminar for the UN World Data Forum in Guilin, China, from 7-9 September 2016.

    Following the decision of the 47th Session of the Statistical Commission, the High-level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda will organize a UN World Data Forum to engage with public and private measurements experts, statistical producers, information system specialists, and users as well as all other key stakeholders to discuss data for sustainable development in January 2017. The Global Preparatory Seminar, staged ahead of the UN World Data Forum, is expected to provide countries with an opportunity to prepare their participation and contributions for the UN World Data Forum and will consist of a series of presentations and discussions, covering key issues related to SDG monitoring.

    The Global Preparatory Seminar will serve as a platform for participants representing a wide range of stakeholders to discuss opportunities and challenges faced in the production and utilization of data for the follow up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets. In addition, the Seminar will provide a venue for technical discussions on opportunities and challenges in applying information, data, and statistics to measure progress on sustainable development. The event will also engage public and private measurement experts, information collectors, statistical producers, information system specialists, and users to discuss technical issues in the production and stewardship of SDG indicator statistics. Engaging with civil society, business, and the scientific and academic communities, the Seminar will also discuss the latest information innovations and their potential application to the production and communication of sustainable development statistics as well as discussions on SDG indicator methods and measurements.

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    Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

    05-09-2016  – 06-09-2016 Bridgetown

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM), and the Barbados Statistical Services, is organizing a Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme for Caribbean Countries. The objectives of the Regional Meeting are to review and discuss national experiences, including challenges faced and lessons learned, to measure the population with disabilities during censuses of the 2010 round. The Regional Meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for compilation of data on disability for the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals. Furthermore, the Regional Meeting will foster intra-regional cooperation aimed at enhancing national capacity in disability measurement and improving the quality of data for monitoring the SDGs.

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    Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Central American and Caribbean Countries

    30-08-2016  – 02-09-2016 Guatemala City

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Unicef Regional Office, the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) and the Organization of American States (OAS), is organizing a Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Central American and Caribbean Countries. The workshop aims to increase the knowledge of government statisticians and civil registration officers about the revised international principles and recommendations for compiling, processing and disseminating vital statistics; and to improve their capability in identifying gaps and challenges in applying international standards to improve their vital statistics system. The workshop will contribute to the initiatives at the global and regional levels to accelerate improvement of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). CRVS is essential for population data for development, statistics for health planning and evaluation, the protection of rights and access to services, and improved governance through identity data.

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    • María-Isabel Cobos, Tel.: +1 917 367 3072, E-mail: cobos@un.org

    3rd International Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics

    30-08-2016  – 01-09-2016 Dublin

    In line with the priorities of work and with the urgent needs for support of SDG indicators, the third Global Conference on Big Data for Official Statistics wants to take the next steps in the utilization of Big Data in the production of official statistics, namely by (1) providing guidance for access to proprietary data and for successful partnerships with data owners, by (2) providing training courses on topics such as methodology, IT tools and project management related to Big Data, and by (3) supporting projects, which demonstrate the use of Big Data for official statistics, and especially for the compilation of SDG indicators.

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    National Missions (Bilateral Consultations and Workshops) on Strengthening Environment Statistics for Improved Monitoring of Sustainable Development in Uganda and Kenya

    15-08-2016  – 26-08-2016 Kampala

    As part of the Development Account Project on Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will organize two national missions in August in Uganda (Kampala, 15 to 19 August 2016) and Kenya (Nairobi, 22 to 26 August 2016). These missions are being organized following the Workshop on Environment Statistics in support of the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) for the five member states of the East African Community (EAC) region that took place in Arusha, Tanzania in July 2015 (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/ENVIRONMENT/unsd_EAC_Project.html).

    Both missions will be composed of two activities, bilateral consultations and a national workshop. The bilateral consultations will take place on the Mondays and Fridays, while the workshops will be conducted during the rest of the week.

    1/ The bilateral consultations with the national statistical offices (NSOs) in Uganda (15 and 19 August) and in Kenya (22 and 26 August) aim to engage in detailed discussions with the counterparts in the NSOs about the main issues regarding environment statistics in the country. The bilateral discussions on the first day should also lead to a better understanding of the main data gaps, which could then be discussed during the workshops. The bilateral discussions on the last day will examine the way forward and identify steps to be taken to finalize the work plan and fill data gaps.

    2/ The main goal of the national workshops in Uganda (16-18 August) and in Kenya (23-25 August) is to bring the stakeholders together to increase awareness of the need for environment statistics in the country. For this purpose the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) and the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) will be used extensively in the workshops. A draft national work plan will also be discussed during the workshops.

    The target audience of the workshops includes the technical staff of the NSO, Ministry of Environment and other line ministries. The workshop content is very relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since many of the environment statistics to be discussed and analysed are necessary for the measurement of countries’ progress toward achieving the Goals. The use of the FDES 2013 will help countries address the increasing demand for integrated information in support of integrated policies in the follow-up to Rio+20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the strengthening of environmental statistics and indicators.

    Following these missions, UNSD will organize national missions in the other three EAC countries (Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) involved in the project, as well as a final regional workshop. To ensure follow-up to the project and to strengthen capacities at the sub-regional level, staff of the EAC Secretariat are also participating in the different activities.

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    Sixth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

    01-08-2016  – 05-08-2016 New York

    The Sixth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will be held from 1-5 August 2016 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

    Bringing together senior executives from national geospatial information and statistical authorities within Member States, and international geospatial experts from across the globe, the formal session of the Committee of Experts will be convened from 3-5 August 2016. The session will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.

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    United Nations Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme

    26-07-2016  – 28-07-2016 Bangkok

    The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, is organizing a Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme. The objectives are to: (i) review and discuss national experiences in approaches taken to measure the population with disabilities during national censuses of the 2010 round; (ii) discuss strategies for compilation of data on disability for monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals particularly in the context of the regional Incheon Strategy, a framework regarding persons with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region; and (iii) share national experiences among participating countries and foster intra-regional cooperation aimed at enhancing national capacity in disability measurement and improving the quality of data for monitoring of the SDGs.

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    Expert Group Meeting on data disaggregation

    27-06-2016  – 29-06-2016 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and UNICEF are organizing an Expert Group Meeting on data disaggregation, to be held at the UNICEF House, New York, on 27-29 June 2016. The meeting is being convened to bring together statistical experts working on producing data by various types of disaggregation, such as age, sex, ethnicity, and others as specified in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    The 2030 Agenda requires a large amount of high quality, timely and disaggregated data as the necessary means of addressing all groups of the population and ensuring that no one individual is left behind. This meeting of experts aims to review national practices and the current status of methods for data disaggregation and coverage of various population groups in data production and analysis. It represents an initial step towards developing a toolkit on disaggregation methodologies for use in national settings aimed at producing statistics and data for global review and follow up. Over the course of the three-day meeting, suggestions on areas that need further work will also be highlighted.

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    Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of ICATUS

    28-06-2016  – 30-06-2016 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the revision of the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics (ICATUS), to be held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York, on 28-30 June 2016. ICATUS is a classification of all the activities a person may spend time on during the 24 hours of a day. Its purpose is to serve as a standard framework for time-use statistics based on activities grouped in a meaningful way and relevant to both developing and developed countries. ICATUS was first published as a “trial” classification in 2005 and built on national and regional classifications existing at the time. The revision of the classification started in 2012 with the organization of an Expert Group Meeting by UNSD. Since then, new standards, including the framework for work statistics as adopted at the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians in 2013, have been incorporated into a revised version of the classification. UNSD has undertaken an electronic consultation since February 2016 to receive comments from national and international experts on the current version of the classification that will be discussed and finalized at the Expert Group Meeting.

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

    Fifth meeting of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for the 2030 Agenda

    25-05-2016  – 26-05-2016 Budapest

    Fifth meeting of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for the 2030 Agenda (25-26 May 2016, Budapest, Hungary) is being organized by DESA/SD and hosted by the Hungarian Central Statistical Office. The main objectives of the fifth meeting of the HLG are to i) review and discuss the Global Action Plan for Data and incorporate key points from issue partners and (ii) further define the next steps in the organization of the UN World Data Forum, including an update by the host country.

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    Seminar on Energy Statistics and Energy Balances

    23-05-2016  – 25-05-2016 Beijing

    This workshop, organised by UNSD and the Chinese NBS (and hosted by the NBS) is arranged as part of the China Trust Fund. The objectives of this workshop will be to present the international standards and guidelines on energy statistics and balances, as well as to build capacity on: (i) current efforts on energy statistics and indicators within the context of the SDGs effort, (ii) assessing the needs for adapting global energy SDGs, targets and indicators to the national circumstances; and (iii) discussing plans of actions for improving national programmes to incorporate energy statistics international methodology aiming at producing accurate energy statistics, balances and indicators to serve national policy needs. About 100 participants are expected, with up to 60 from China and representatives from other countries of the region.

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    13th regional JODI training workshop

    18-05-2016  – 20-05-2016 Beijing

    The International Energy Forum (IEF) in collaboration with the JODI partners APERC, Eurostat, the GECF, IEA, OPEC, OLADE and UNSD is organizing the 13th Regional JODI Training Workshop, hosted by the China National Petroleum Corporation. 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, for countries across Asia.

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    Meeting of the Technical Subgroup for the International Standard Industrial Classification (ISIC)

    18-05-2016  – 20-05-2016 Geneva

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Technical Subgroup for ISIC (TSG-ISIC) of the Expert Group on International Statistical Classifications. The objective of the meeting is to review new statistical developments on the treatment of Global Production Arrangements, including factoryless goods producers; and Retail Sales distinguished by sales channels.

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    10th Meeting of the Oslo Group on Energy Statistics

    10-05-2016  – 13-05-2016 Aguascalientes

    The Oslo group on energy statistics is tasked to address issues related to energy statistics and contribute to improved international standards and improved methods for official energy statistics by pooling expertise in the energy community. The main output of the Oslo Group to date has been the development of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics, adopted by the UN Statistical Commission in 2011. The focus of this latest meeting will be on the new working groups identified at the previous meeting, covering topics such as the uses of administrative data sources for energy data collection and metadata, use of electronic data collection and SDMX, energy data dissemination practices and quality reviews of energy data.

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    29th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN)

    25-04-2016  – 29-04-2016 Bangkok

    Cartographers, linguists, geographers and planners will meet for the 29th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) from 25-29 April, 2016 at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand to continue its work on encouraging and facilitating the standardization of geographical names. The Session will also seek to advance the work done to implement the resolutions passed at preceding Conferences. During the 29th Session some agenda items to be discussed are:- the nature of geographical names as cultural heritage, the use and standardization of geographical names, education and training in the treatment of geographical names and the preparation of gazetteers.

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    Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management

    20-04-2016  – 22-04-2016 Addis Ababa

    The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), in collaboration with the Government of Ethiopia and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), will host the Fourth High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management at UNECA’s Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 20-22 April 2016.

    This forum will be focused on land administration and management, with particular emphasis on sharing experiences, including benefits and challenges, considering fit for purpose aspects, digital land registers, cadastres, and other land data needs, demonstrating practical examples of land administration success stories. Land information and its management are fundamental to successful land administration and the derived benefits to the economies, and overall sustainable development of nations. Therefore, the overarching theme of the Fourth High Level Forum is ‘Good Land Governance for the 2030 Agenda’.

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    Third Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDGs)

    30-03-2016  – 01-04-2016 Mexico City

    The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goals (IAEG-SDGs) will hold its third meeting from 30 March to 1 April in Mexico City, Mexico. Some of the topics that will be discussed at this meeting include a review of the outcome of the 47th session of the Statistical Commission on the global indicators for the SDGs, establishing a tier system for the indicators in order to begin methodological work on those indicators for which no international standards currently exist, the development of global reporting mechanisms, and establishing a baseline in order to begin the tracking of indicators. In addition to representatives of the National Statistics Offices of the 27 members of the IAEG-SDGs, representatives from other National Statistics Offices and regional and international organisations will be in attendance as observers as well as stakeholders from civil society, academia and the private sector.

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

    Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

    29-03-2016  – 01-04-2016 Ulaanbaatar

    UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the final regional 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) on 29 March – 1April.

    The workshop, entitled “Strengthening basic statistics to support the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place on 29 March-1 April 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and is co-organized by the national statistical office of Mongolia.

    The workshop will summarize and evaluate the activities of the project, provide a forum for the sharing of experiences among the pilot and non-pilot countries of the project, as well as discuss ways to apply the knowledge gained in producing statistics and indicators in the domains of environment, energy, agriculture and industry to the proposed indicators for measuring the targets for key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop will also discuss how the work carried out in this project will be linked to future activities by UNSD and partnering agencies, including, but not limited to, the measurement of the SDGs.

    A similar workshop took place in February 2016, for the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in Quito, Ecuador.

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    Strengthening basic statistics to support the Sustainable Development Goals

    23-02-2016  – 26-02-2016 Quito

    UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the final 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) on 23-26 February.

    The workshop, entitled “Strengthening basic statistics to support the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place on 23-26 February 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, and is co-organized by the statistical office of Ecuador – INEC.

    The workshop will summarize and evaluate the activities of the project, provide a forum for the sharing of experiences among the pilot and non-pilot countries of the project, as well as discuss ways to apply the knowledge gained in producing statistics and indicators in the domains of environment, energy, agriculture and industry to the proposed indicators for measuring the targets for key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop will also discuss how the work carried out in this project will be linked to future activities by UNSD and partnering agencies, including, but not limited to, the measurement of the SDGs.

    A similar workshop will take place in March/April 2016, for the Asia Pacific region in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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    Seminar in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific Islands: Standards, Best Practice and Lessons Learnt

    22-02-2016  – 25-02-2016 Noumea

    The United Nations Statistics Division, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is conducting a seminar titled “Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific Islands: Standards, Best Practice and Lessons Learnt”. Taking into consideration the particularity of the countries in the Pacific region, this event is combining the standard UNSD workshop curriculum for training in the revised Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System and the regional programmes and activities under the Brisbane Accord Group programme of work (for details see: http://www.uq.edu.au/hishub/brisbane-accord-group). The seminar will bring together civil registrars, vital statisticians and health officers from around twenty countries and territories in the Pacific region as well as contributions from UNICEF, WHO and ESCAP. The event will take place from 22-25 February in the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, in Noumea, New Caledonia.

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

    Joint GCC-STAT/UNSD Regional Workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistics

    07-02-2016  – 10-02-2016 Muscat

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Centre for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf (GCC-Stat) are jointly organizing a Regional Workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistics in Muscat, Oman from 7 to 10 February, 2016. The objective of the workshop is to improve the understanding of international recommendations on international merchandise trade statistics and to share hands-on experiences in data acquisition, data compilation strategies (including data standardization and checking), data quality framework and data analysis and dissemination among trade statistics compilers.

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    1st meeting of the Expert Group on International Trade and Economic Globalization Statistics

    26-01-2016  – 28-01-2016 New York

    The first meeting of this expert group will take place on 26-28 January 2016 in New York. The group, consisting of 20 countries and 7 agencies, is mandated to produce a handbook on a system of extended international and global accounts. This handbook should serve as the measurement framework for international trade and economic globalization.

    The outline and scope of the handbook will be discussed in detail at this meeting. Beside developing the accounts and the corresponding global input-output tables, the group will address also the challenges of a global enterprise group register, firm heterogeneity and asymmetries in bilateral trade and foreign direct investment.

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    3rd Meeting of the High Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring

    14-01-2016  – 15-01-2016 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division is conducting the third meeting of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring (HLG for post-2015 monitoring), to be held at the United Nations-New York, 14-15 January 2016.

    The main objectives of the meeting are to: review the mandate and working mechanisms of the group; discuss strategic aspects of the implementation of a global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator framework, and discuss next steps in the HLG programme of work for 2016, including the organization of the World Forum on Sustainable Development Data.

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    Expert group meeting on the revision of the Handbook on the management of population and housing censuses

    14-12-2015  – 17-12-2015 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division is conducting the Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of the Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses, to be held in New York, from 14-17 December 2015.

    The main objective of the meeting is to review the draft of the revised Handbook on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses and to provide further guidance on its content and structure with a view to ensuring that it provides countries with a reference document on the management aspects of carrying out population and housing censuses in the 2020 round of population and housing censuses, as mandated by the ECOSOC resolution on the same topic. The revised Handbook is expected to be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for adoption.

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    Workshop on the Principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system, Revision 3, for Caribbean countries

    01-12-2015  – 04-12-2015 Port of Spain

    The United Nations Statistics Division is conducting the United Nations Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for Caribbean Countries, to be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, from 1 to 4 December 2015.

    This is the first opportunity for Caribbean national statistical authorities to learn about the latest version of these major methodological guidelines and standards, issued last year. In addition, the workshop will bring together civil registrars and statisticians, thus offering an opportunity for establishing a much closer cooperation at the national level. The workshop is conducted in collaboration with OAS, CARRICOM and Regional ECLAC Office. The previous workshop on the same topic was conducted in 2005, thus providing an opportunity to assess the progress made in improving civil registration and vital statistics along the line of international standards in the ten year period for the fifteen participating Caribbean countries.

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    Regional training workshop on the System of environmental-economic accounting (SEEA)

    16-11-2015  – 18-11-2015 Shanghai

    DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a Regional Training Workshop on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting in Shanghai, China, from 16-18 November, in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

    The workshop will bring together statisticians and non-statistical professionals involved in the compilation and policy use of environmental-economic accounts from ten countries in Asia Pacific. The main objectives of the workshop are to: (i) to help participants acquire knowledge and skills to deepen their understanding of the accounting principles and basic data needs for compiling environmental-economic accounts according to the SEEA; (ii) to facilitate experience sharing among Asia Pacific countries, and (iii) to support countries to set up a strategy and national plan for the SEEA implementation. 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.

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    Workshop on the Principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system, Revision 3, for South American countries

    09-11-2015  – 12-11-2015 Santiago

    The United Nations Statistics Division, in coordination with ECLAC, is conducting the Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 3, for South American Countries, from 9-12 November 2015, Santiago, Chile.

    This workshop contributes to the initiatives at the global and regional levels to accelerate improvement of civil registration and vital statistics systems. With the view of strengthening 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 officers about the revised international principles and recommendations for compiling, processing and disseminating vital statistics; and to improve their capability in identifying gaps and challenges in applying international standards to improve their civil registration and vital statistics systems. The workshop will bring together civil registrars and vital statisticians from twelve South American Countries.

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    9th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on gender statistics (IAEG-GS)

    29-10-2015  – 30-10-2015 Bangkok

    UNSD organized the 9th meeting of the IAEG-GS, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 29-30 October 2015. A total of 36 participants from international agencies, regional commissions and national statistical offices attended the meeting. The meeting reviewed the preliminary SDG indicators under Goal 5 – Achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls – proposed by the 2nd meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGS), held from 26 to 28 October. The review was carried out from a technical perspective, highlighting the need for rephrasing or for correcting inconsistencies. The proposed indicators were further classified into 3 tiers according to the agree tiers system. The meeting also took note of work programmes and initiatives undertaken by IAEG-GS members to strengthen gender statistics at the international, regional and national levels.

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    Second meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on sustainable development goal indicators (IAEG-SDGs)

    26-10-2015  – 28-10-2015 Bangkok

    The second Meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place on 26-28 October 2015 in Bangkok.

    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 review the list of possible global indicators; discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues including data disaggregation; and discuss the work plan and next steps.

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    Second global conference on big data for official statistics

    20-10-2015  – 22-10-2015 Abu Dhabi

    Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the National Bureau of Statistics of the United Arab Emirates (NBS UAE), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Statistical Office of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC-Stat).

    Innovations in technology, widespread penetration of electronic devices, and the rapid rise in the use of technology for social purposes all bring fundamental changes to the availability of real-time information. Such massive, highly dynamic and weakly structured data is commonly referred to as Big Data. Recognizing the potential of Big Data, the UN Statistical Commission established in 2014 a global working group (GWG) to provide strategic vision, direction and coordination of a global programme on Big Data for official statistics. Within this context the 2nd Global Conference on Big Data will take place on 20-22 October in Abu Dhabi.

    This conference intends to take the development of Big Data one step further from examples towards guidance, which can stimulate training, pilot projects and bringing pilot projects into the production environment. The GWG promotes the practical use of Big Data, promotes capacity building and sharing of experiences, while finding common solutions for the challenges.

    The opening day of the conference coincides with the second World Statistics Day, which proclaims “Better data. Better lives.” This means that opening day provides the unique opportunity to celebrate World Statistics Day, while highlighting the benefits of Big Data for official statistics.

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    International seminar on world statistics: Sustainable data for sustainable development

    20-10-2015  – 22-10-2015 Xi’an

    UN DESA's Statistics Division and the National Bureau of Statistics of China are jointly organizing an International Seminar on “World Statistics: Sustainable Data for Sustainable Development”, to be held on 20-22 Oct 2015 in Xi’an, China.

    In addition, the observance event for World Statistics Day 2015 will be held in the morning of October 20, 2015 at the same venue.

    The United Nations Summit of Heads of State and Government in September 2015, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, will launch the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

    The seminar held at the occasion of the World Statistics Day will in this context provide a unique and timely opportunity for the global statistical community to gather and exchange views and ideas on how to measure and monitor Sustainable Development Goals and targets.

    Statisticians and experts from around the world will deliberate on the new indicators and a monitoring framework for Sustainable Development Goals and how to mobilize the data revolution for sustainable development.

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

    Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the development of environment statistics (FDES 2013)

    19-10-2015  – 23-10-2015 Lomé

    The workshop is part of a series of events of DESA/SD’s regular programme of technical cooperation to support the implementation of the FDES 2013 in member states. It follows the United Nations Statistical Commission’s endorsement in 2013 of the revised FDES 2013 as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries.

    The Commission also recognized the FDES 2013 as a useful tool in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The FDES 2013 is a multi-purpose conceptual and statistical framework which marks out the scope of environment statistics. It provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics at the national level and is very relevant for policy analysis and decision making.

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    International workshop on economic census, business registers and integrated economic statistics

    29-09-2015  – 01-10-2015 Aguascalientes

    UNSD is co-organizing an international Workshop on Economic Census, Business Registers and Integrated Economic Statistics together with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI).

    The event will be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico, from 29 September to 1 October 2015, and is part of UNSD’s efforts to promote integrated economic statistics programmes, which will provide governments, researchers, academics, the private sector and the general public with consistent and comprehensive information needed for sound policy and decision-making.

    All NSOs in Latin America have been invited to participate, as well as experts from Canada and the United States. The objective of the workshop is to share experiences and knowledge in these areas. Among the specific topics to be discussed are major innovations in collecting and disseminating economic census information; using census results for updating the business register; the challenges and opportunities of maintaining micro-level business statistics; the role of the (statistical) business register in the modernization of statistical production; and linking the business register with international trade statistics. INEGI will also share the first results of the recent Mexican economic census.

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    SDMX global conference 2015: SDMX In action

    28-09-2015  – 30-09-2015 Bangkok

    The 5th 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), with the theme “SDMX In Action”.

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    International seminar on Sustainable Development Goals: challenges for national statistical systems

    16-09-2015  – 17-09-2015 Seoul

    UN DESA's Statistics Division and Statistics Korea are organizing an International Seminar on Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges for National Statistical System, to be held on 16-17 September 2015 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

    This seminar aims at addressing some of the challenges faced by the National Statistical Systems in monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets. It is one of the first opportunities for statisticians and experts from around the world to initiate the conversation on the challenges faced by national statistical systems to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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    Subregional Workshop on Applying Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System for Implementing the Regional Action Framework for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia

    15-09-2015  – 18-09-2015 Istanbul

    The United Nations Statistics Division is conducting the Sub-regional Workshop on Applying Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System for Implementing the Regional Action Framework for Civil registration and Vital Statistics in Asia, from 15-18 September 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey targeting countries in Central Asian region This workshop is organised in cooperation with the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and UNESCAP with the contribution from WHO.

    The purpose of the workshop is to present the revised international statistical standards for civil registration and vital statistics and put them in context of the regional initiatives for improving these systems in Asia and the Pacific; provide an opportunity for participating statisticians and civil registrars to exchange national practices and establish channels for exchanging experiences in the regional settings; and present good practical from countries in the sub-region.

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    Fifth session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and related Side Events

    03-08-2015  – 07-08-2015 New York

    UNSD is organizing the Fifth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), to be held in New York, 5-7 August 2015. 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.

    It is expected that the meeting of senior executives from national geospatial information authorities and geospatial experts will augur for a very important visioning and strategic event which recognises the critical role of geospatial information management and the need for strengthened collaboration and joined initiatives, to advance the development and use of geospatial data and tools to support global sustainability.

    The United Nations Committee of Experts on GGIM welcomes the participation of Member States and relevant international organisations to its Fifth Session as it continues to move forward in fulfilling its mandate to enhance collaboration and support the use of geospatial information to promote sustainable development globally. The formal Committee Session, convened from 5-7 August 2015, will be preceded by a number of related side events from 3-4 August 2015.

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    Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the development of environment statistics (FDES 2013)

    06-07-2015  – 10-07-2015 Arusha

    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).

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    First meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on Sustainable Development Goal indicators (IAEG-SDGs)

    01-06-2015  – 02-06-2015 New York

    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.

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    Expert group on international statistical classifications

    19-05-2015  – 22-05-2015 New York

    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).

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    International workshop on short-term statistics

    18-05-2015  – 20-05-2015 Beijing

    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.

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    Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

    05-05-2015  – 08-05-2015 Hanoi

    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.

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    Forum of experts in the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting

    28-04-2015  – 30-04-2015 New York

    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.

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    Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

    21-04-2015  – 24-04-2015 Lima

    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.

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    Side event on the next steps for the indicators framework for the post-2015 development agenda and inputs from civil society and other stakeholders

    20-04-2015  – 20-04-2015 New York

    In advance of the first meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group 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.

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    Regional training workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in Asia Pacific

    14-04-2015  – 17-04-2015 Jakarta

    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”.

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    Advancing the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA)

    13-04-2015  – 17-04-2015 Jakarta

    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 the Convention of Biological Diversity is working with the National Statistical Office of Indonesia to develop a National Plan for advancing environmental-economic accounting in the country.

    This project aims to support policy decisions in Indonesia by strengthening the national statistical system and contributing to develop an information system for sustainable development based on comparable environmental-economic accounts, including ecosystem accounts.

    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.

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    Advancing the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA)

    13-04-2015  – 17-04-2015 Santiago

    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 the Convention of Biological Diversity is working with the National Statistical Office and Ministry of Environment of Chile to develop a National Plan for advancing environmental-economic accounting in the country.

    This project aims to support policy decisions in Chile by strengthening the national statistical system and contributing to develop an information system for sustainable development based on comparable environmental-economic accounts, including ecosystem accounts.

    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.

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    Regional training workshop on the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting in Latin America and the Caribbean

    13-04-2015  – 16-04-2015 Santiago

    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.

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    Forum of experts in the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting

    06-04-2015  – 10-04-2015 Hanoi

    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 in Vietnam from 6 to 10 April 2015 will 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.

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

    27th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG)

    09-03-2015  – 10-03-2015 New York

    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.

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

    Training workshop on the Compilation of Quarterly National Accounts for Economic Cooperation Organization Member Countries

    08-03-2015  – 11-03-2015 Tehran

    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.

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

    Expert group meeting on the indicator framework for the post - 2015 development agenda

    25-02-2015  – 26-02-2015 New York

    The Expert Group Meeting on the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda (EGM) took place on 25 and 26 February 2015 in New York. The 110 participants of the EGM included representatives from 22 countries, 28 agencies, funds and programmes and three United Nations Regional Commissions. Approximately 40 observers from civil society, academia and Permanent Missions to the United Nations also attended the meeting.

    The meeting aimed to discuss the organization of work and the key elements and principles for the development and design of the indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda. The discussion focused on the overall process, rather than on indicator proposals in specific areas. Yet, a few individual indicators were reviewed for illustration purposes, informing the discussion.

    The conclusions of EGM meeting were provided as a background document to the forty-sixth session of the Statistical Commission the following week, under agenda item 3 (a) Data in support of the post-2015 development agenda.

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    Regional workshop on the integration of statistical and geospatial information

    16-02-2015  – 19-02-2015 Amman

    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.

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    Regional workshop for countries in Asia and the Pacific on supporting developing countries measure progress towards achieving a green economy

    20-01-2015  – 23-01-2015 Bangkok

    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.

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    Global conference on a transformative agenda for official statistics

    15-01-2015  – 16-01-2015 New York

    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.

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    Evidence and Data for Gender Equality - Project Midterm Review Technical Meeting

    03-12-2014  – 05-12-2014 Kitakyushu-city

    The Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) Midterm Review Technical Meeting took place in Kitakyushu-city, Japan, 3-5 December 2014. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with UN Women. The key objectives of the three-day meeting were to: (a) promote the integration of a gender perspective into national statistical systems with the aim of improving the availability and quality of gender statistics, including statistics on the “emerging issues” of asset ownership and entrepreneurship; (b) update participants on the progress made by the EDGE initiative to advance methodological development on measuring asset ownership and entrepreneurship from a gender perspective; (c) receive feedback from national statisticians on the feasibility of implementing the recommendation(s) of the EDGE Methodological Survey Experiment on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective (MEXA) with regards to whom in the household should be interviewed about the ownership, control and valuation of assets at the individual level; (d) receive feedback from national statisticians and partner agencies on the applicability and feasibility of the methodology proposed under the EDGE project to measure entrepreneurship from a gender perspective; and (e) ensure that country implementation plans are in place for piloting data collection on asset ownership and control under the EDGE initiative during 2015.


    Workshop on the Principles and recommendations for a vital statistics system, Rev. 3

    02-12-2014  – 05-12-2014 Addis Ababa

    Within the framework of the International Programme for Accelerating the Improvement of Vital Statistics and Civil Registration Systems, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), is organising a Workshop on the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev. 3, for English-speaking African countries. The workshop will be hosted by UN-ECA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 2 to 5 December, 2014.

    The main purpose of the workshop is to provide guidance to countries on the implementation of the new revision of the United Nations recommendations for the collection and compilation of vital statistics at national level through civil registration and other sources such as population censuses, sample surveys, population registers, and health records, at the same time providing full overview of contemporary international statistical standards and requirements. At the same time, it will offer an opportunity to statisticians, on one side, and civil registrars, on the other, to directly interact and exchange experiences and practices using national civil registration and vital statistics systems as a framework.

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    Regional workshop for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on supporting developing countries measure progress towards achieving a green economy

    02-12-2014  – 05-12-2014 Santiago

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising the first regional workshop within the United Nations Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” 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).

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    United Nations in-house training workshop on evaluation and analysis of census data

    01-12-2014  – 12-12-2014 Nay Pyi Taw


    Workshop on integrating a gender perspective in the production of statistics

    01-12-2014  – 04-12-2014 Amman

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) and the Jordan Department of Statistics, is organizing a workshop on Integrating a Gender Perspective in the Production of statistics, in Amman, Jordan, from 1 to 4 December 2014.

    The workshop aims to train national statisticians on: (1) producing gender statistics from available data sources; (2) using data from population censuses for gender analysis; and (3) ways to produce, disseminate and communicate gender statistics to properly inform policies.

    The workshop will also foster exchange of national experiences among participating countries.

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    Workshop on strengthening the collection and use of international migration data for development

    18-11-2014  – 21-11-2014 Addis Ababa

    The Population Division and the Statistics Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, are organizing a regional workshop for countries in Sub-Saharan Africa on the collection and use of international migration data for development. The workshop will take place at the United Nations Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 18 to 21 November 2014. The workshop will bring together experts from national statistical offices in charge of producing official statistics on international migration as well as experts from relevant ministries or agencies in charge of compiling and analysing migration data for policy purposes. Experts from international organizations will participate as resource persons.


    Regional seminar on international trade statistics

    03-11-2014  – 06-11-2014 New Delhi

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S), Ministry of Commerce and Industry and CSO, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India in cooperation with EU-ASEAN COMPASS project jointly organize a Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics from 3 to 6 November in New Delhi, India.

    The objective of seminar is to improve the understanding of recommendations on international trade statistics and to share experiences on how to possibly improve the implementation in national statistical systems with better coordination and cooperation among data providers and compilers. And the ultimate goal is to produce the highest quality of international trade statistics, which are relevant for the policy makers at home and which are also comparable at the regional and international levels.

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    5th global forum on gender statistics

    03-11-2014  – 05-11-2014 Aguascalientes

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico (INEGI) are organising the 5th Global Forum on Gender Statistics under the Global Gender Statistics Programme and the guidance of the Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS).

    The Forum will be held in Aguascalientes, Mexico on 3-5 November 2014 and will serve as a platform to review methods and data (including innovative approaches/initiatives) to measure and monitor gender equality and women’s empowerment in the following thematic “pillars”: women and the economy; violence against women; time use; political participation; the environment; and women in armed conflicts. The Forum will also cover recent initiatives focused on how to fill in gender data gaps.

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

    8th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on gender statistics (IAEG-GS),

    02-11-2014  – 02-11-2014 Aguascalientes

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the 8th Meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) in Aguascalientes, Mexico on 2 November 2014. The meeting will bring together representatives from national statistics offices, international agencies, Regional Commissions and other experts to discuss specific gender statistics initiatives and issues.

    The meeting will cover the International Classification of Activities for Time Use Statistics (ICATUS), proposed headline indicators on violence against women, the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) initiative, and an update on the work of the Advisory Group on Emerging Issues.

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

    International conference on big data for official statistics

    28-10-2014  – 30-10-2014 Beijing

    The Conference will bring together statisticians, data scientists and academia, who are interested in making Big Data sources useful for statistical applications.

    Innovations in technology, broad use of electronic devices and the all-around generation of digital information bring fundamental changes to the availability of real-time information, such as data from GPS devices, from mobile phones or from social media. These high-volume and sometimes loosely structured data sources, commonly referred to as Big Data, are different from conventional data sources for official statistics, and have many challenges in their application. The business case still needs to be made for many statistical offices if, why and how Big Data are useful for official statistics. The potential of Big Data sources resides in their timely (sometimes real-time) availability of large amounts of data. The traditional data sources, such as household and business surveys are often costly and slow in the production of statistics.

    Big Data could supplement, reduce or replace such data collections. However, the statistical community is conscious of the fact that in order to be able to take advantage of these innovative data sources, it needs to adequately address issues pertaining to methodology, quality, technology, legislation, privacy, management and finance. It is also of utmost importance to create an environment where public trust in the use of Big Data for official statistics is established and where privacy and confidentiality of personal information can be assured.

    The statistical community has recognized the potential use of big data for official statistics. The UN Statistical Commission therefore established in March 2014 a global working group mandated to provide strategic vision, direction and coordination of a global programme on Big Data for official statistics, to promote practical use of sources of Big Data for official statistics, while finding solutions for their challenges, and to promote capacity building and sharing of experiences in this respect.

    Currently, mainly developed countries have started using various Big Data sources, such as Mobile phone data, Traffic loop data, Twitter data and Satellite imagery. Whereas national circumstances can be fairly unique, the objective of the Conference and of the global working group is to generalize the use of such Big Data sources to other countries, especially also in developing parts of the world.

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    Workshop on Revision 3 of the Principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses and census data evaluation

    19-10-2014  – 23-10-2014 Amman

    UNSD will conduct the Workshop on Revision 3 of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses and Census Data Evaluation, in collaboration with Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics, in Amman, Jordan, from 19 to 23 October 2014. The workshop will bring together statisticians from twenty-two countries and representatives of international organizations.

    The workshop aims to increase the knowledge of the government statisticians on the revised international principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses; enhance the knowledge of the staff on importance of evaluation of the quality of census data and identification of types of errors in census data through using demographic techniques; and improve their capability in identifying gaps and challenges in applying international standards in conducting population and housing censuses and improving the quality of data collected through the census.

    The workshop also aims to provide a platform for participants to share their national experiences and learn from good practices.

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    Annual meeting of the London group on environmental accounting

    15-10-2014  – 17-10-2014 New Delhi

    The London Group on Environmental Accounting is holding its annual meeting in New Delhi, India, on 15-17 October 2014. The London Group comprises experts from national statistical offices, as well as international organizations and plays a leading role in advancing the methodologies of environmental-economic accounts.

    This year the group will discuss, among other things, Integrated Approaches to the implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA), the Technical Notes and Core Tables for the SEEA Central Framework, issues relating to SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting, Training and Capacity Building, and the SEEA-Agriculture.

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    Expert group on international statistical classifications

    14-10-2014  – 16-10-2014 New York

    UNSD will host a meeting of the Technical Subgroup for the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (TSG-ISIC) on 14-16 October 2014 in New York. The meeting will discuss necessary clarifications for ISIC Rev.4, such as the treatment of Factoryless Goods Producers (FGPs) in the classification, to ensure a consistent application of ISIC interpretation and application rules.

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    26th meeting of Inter-agency and expert group meeting on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG)

    07-10-2014  – 09-10-2014 Geneva

    The 26th Meeting of Inter-agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators (IAEG-MDG) will be organised by UNDESA Statistics Division on 7-9 October 2014 in Geneva, and will be hosted by the International Labour Organization (ILO). The IAEG-MDG has been responsible for data development, compilation and analysis for the assessment of trends in MDG indicators.

    During the meeting, the outcomes of the debates on MDGs at the 69th session of the General Assembly as well as on outcomes of various post-2015 development-related processes and the Sustainable Development Goals will be reviewed. The participants will also discuss how to prepare the 2015 final global MDG report.

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

    International conference on the measurement of trade and economic globalization

    29-09-2014  – 01-10-2014 Aguascalientes

    DESA's Statistics Division and the Statistical Office of Mexico (INEGI) in cooperation with OECD, the World Trade Organization and Eurostat are organizing an international conference on the measurement of trade and economic globalization. The objective of this international conference is to discuss conceptual and practical ways of measuring trade and economic globalization, through the understanding of comprehensive statistical frame, global production and business practices, requirements and micro-data compilation for a global Supply-Use Table, firm heterogeneity and the impact of global production on national, regional and global economy.

    This international conference will bring together international and national experts in the compilation of trade, business or national account statistics and analysts/researchers who are interested in measuring trade and economic globalization.

    The high level of import content in exports makes gross bilateral trade statistics unsuitable for bilateral trade negotiations. Trade analysis requires new measures which better reflect the level of interdependencies among countries engaged in global value chains. In order to understand the true nature of trade relationships, it is necessary to know what each country along a global value chain contributes to the value of a final product. In addition, it is important to understand how that contribution is linked to those of other suppliers in other countries coming before and after along the chain, and how much employment and income is generated through this value addition.

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    Implementation of the International Standard Industrial Classification, Rev. 4 in Arab countries

    28-09-2014  – 01-10-2014 Amman

    UNSD in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission of Western Asia (ESCWA) and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) is organizing a workshop o the implementation of the International Standard Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) Rev.4 to assist countries in the region on 28 Sep-01 Oct 2014 in Amman, Jordan.

    The workshop will cover the overall organization of an update process, development of national classifications, the recoding of the business register and issues of backcasting of statistical series. UNSD will also provide direct assistance to the Companies Control Department of Jordan in the update of the business registration process, implementing ISIC Rev.4.

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    Ninth meeting of the Advisory expert group on national accounts: Developing guidance on national accounts compilation

    08-09-2014  – 10-09-2014 Washington, D.C.

    The event is organised by the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts members, namely DESA’s Statistics Division, OECD, Eurostat, IMF and World Bank at the World Bank Head Quarters in Washington D.C.

    The purpose of the ninth meeting of the AEG is to consider guidance on issues related to the implementation of the SNA, such as: accounting for pensions; global production arrangements; the valuation of land and other non-financial assets; the recording of flows and stocks of international organizations; the SDMX-initiative related to national accounts, balance of payments and foreign direct investment; the use of indicators on deficit and debt; manuals, handbooks and other guidance; statistical units in supply and use tables and institutional sector accounts; distribution of income, consumption and wealth; and practical national accounts, such as, backcasting and the use of big data for national accounts compilation.

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    High-level meeting for coordinated implementation of international standards for macroeconomic statistics: Strengthening national statistical systems

    03-09-2014  – 04-09-2014 Vladivostok

    The event is organized by DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with Eurostat, Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, International Monetary Fund, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and the World Bank.

    The meeting aims to increase awareness among policy makers and mobilize their support for the coordinated implementation of the international standards for producing and disseminating macroeconomic statistics with a focus using on the main framework, the System of National Accounts 2008.

    The meeting is also expected to mobilize support for improved basic statistics and infrastructures to support the implementation of the macroeconomic statistical standards and equip the heads of statistics offices and departments in the agencies with strategies to accelerate national implementation.

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

    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

    04-08-2014  – 08-08-2014 New York

    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. 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.

    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.

    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.

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    Workshop on gender statistics for countries from the Pacific region

    04-08-2014  – 06-08-2014 Nadi

    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.

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    Ninth meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic accounting (UNCEEA)

    25-06-2014  – 27-06-2014 New York

    The ninth meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) 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.

    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.

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    Third regional workshop on production and use of vital statistics: Applying tools and materials available to improve vital statistics

    26-05-2014  – 30-05-2014 Daejeon

    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.

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    United Nations regional workshop on data dissemination and communication

    13-05-2014  – 15-05-2014 Niamey

    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.

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    Regional seminar on international trade statistics: implementation of recommendations

    12-05-2014  – 16-05-2014 Addis Ababa

    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.

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    Second expert group meeting on the revision of Principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses

    29-04-2014  – 02-05-2014 New York

    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.

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    28th session of the United Nations Group of experts on geographical names (UNGEGN)

    28-04-2014  – 02-05-2014 New York

    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.

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    Workshop for the UNSD-DfID project on improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs

    21-04-2014  – 25-04-2014 Phnom Penh

    The workshop Country Data: 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.

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    United Nations regional seminar on the promotion and utilization of census results and on the revision of the principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses

    24-03-2014  – 26-03-2014 Pretoria

    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.

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    Training for trainers on energy statistics and balances in the Arab region

    09-03-2014  – 13-03-2014 Muscat

    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.

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    25th meeting of Inter-agency and expert group on MDG indicators

    26-02-2014  – 27-02-2014 New York

    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.

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

    4th data managers meeting

    25-02-2014  – 27-02-2014 New York

    The 4th 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.

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    9th regional JODI training workshop

    25-02-2014  – 27-02-2014 Baku

    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.

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    Evidence and Data for Gender Equality Technical Meeting on Measuring Entrepreneurship from a Gender Perspective

    05-12-2013  – 06-12-2013 New York


    Workshop on census evaluation

    02-12-2013  – 06-12-2013 Hanoi

    UNSD will conduct the Workshop on Census Evaluation, in collaboration with General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 2 to 6 December 2013. The regional workshop will bring together some fifteen national statisticians from eight Asian countries.

    The main purpose of the workshop is to provide the staff of national statistical offices with hands-on training to master indirect demographic techniques necessary for the evaluation of census results. Participants will learn, in particular, the methods to evaluate age-sex structure of population, fertility as well as mortality data obtained from national population and housing censuses. Participants are also expected to establish own professional networks through exchange of experiences and knowledge on census data analyses.

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    Workshop on SDMX tools for MDG data reporting

    02-12-2013  – 05-12-2013 Casablanca

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) together with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training Workshop on SDMX tools for MDG Data Reporting from 2-5 December 2013 in Casablanca, Morocco.

    Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) is the preferred standard for allowing National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to automate and standardize exchange of data and metadata associated with the MDGs.The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to SDMX and focus on the process of mapping and exchanging indicators with SDMX through the features added to DevInfo 7 (devinfo.org).

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    Workshop on CountryData – SDMX for development indicators

    25-11-2013  – 29-11-2013 Nairobi

    This workshop will provide hands-on practical training to participants in using technologies for data exchange and dissemination with the international level; specifically with CountryData (data.un.org/countryData) for the dissemination of national development indicators.

    In the workshop, Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) is used as the preferred standard for allowing National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to automate and standardize data and metadata exchange so that data are more timely and can be updated easily. A focus of the workshop is the process of mapping and exchanging indicators with SDMX through the features added to DevInfo 7 (devinfo.org) as well as a demonstration of more advanced software like SDMX-RI developed by EuroStat.

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    EDGE Follow-up Meeting on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective

    21-11-2013  – 21-11-2013 New York

    The overall objective of the UN EDGE Follow-up Meeting on Measuring Asset Ownership from a Gender Perspective is to reach a tentative agreement on the broad recommendations on the design of the methodological survey experiments on measuring individual-level asset ownership from multi-purpose household surveys, including the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS), with financial and technical contributions from theEvidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project.1 The goal will be to develop by the end of the day a clear agenda for this work program and next steps.


    Expert group meeting on the Guidelines for the compilation of water accounts and statistics

    20-11-2013  – 22-11-2013 New York

    Experts in environmental-economic accounts for water and water statistics from countries and international/regional organizations will meet in New York City from 20 to 22 November to review and discuss the guidelines for the compilation of water accounts and statistics.

    The guidelines will provide country experts and trainers with a comprehensive and reliable set of materials for assisting the staff of national statistics offices, water ministries, and agencies and other stakeholders in countries, with the process of implementation of water accounts and statistics for developing a monitoring system for water policies.

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    Expert group meeting on modelling approaches and tools for testing of the SEEA Experimental ecosystem accounting

    18-11-2013  – 20-11-2013 New York

    From 18 to 20 November, experts in measuring, modeling and mapping characteristics of ecosystem condition as well as ecosystem services will meet in New York City to discuss models and tools to be used in pilot research and testing of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (EEA) framework.

    This meeting will bring together technical experts, pilot country representatives from national statistical offices and environmental agencies as well as international agencies to discuss the approaches available for quantifying ecosystem condition and ecosystem services at a national level. This meeting will focus on models and tools for accounting for biodiversity, carbon, and water ecosystems (quality characteristics as well as quantity considerations). Tools and models will be reviewed based on criteria for their applicability in the context of national policy priorities and the SEEA EEA, with the objective of selecting some of these models for use in the pilot country research and testing.

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    19th meeting of the London group on environmental accounting

    12-11-2013  – 14-11-2013 London

    The 19th meeting of the London Group on Environmental Economic Accounting will be held in London, UK, on 12-14 November and will be hosted by the Office of National Statistics and the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom.

    Experts in environmental economic accounts and supporting statistics from countries and international/regional organizations will review and discuss training and compilation materials for the implementation of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA). Topics to be discussed include, among others, water accounts, energy accounts, air emission accounts, forest accounts and, land and ecosystem accounts.

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    International seminar on gender statistics

    12-11-2013  – 14-11-2013 Incheon

    An international seminar on gender statistics, hosted by Statistics Korea will be held from 12 to 14 November 2013 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The seminar is organized by the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and Statistics Korea (KOSTAT). The meeting will discuss (1) the integration of gender into national statistics, (2) women’s discontinuity at work, (3) time use statistics, and (4) measuring violence against women.


    Expert group meeting on the integration of statistical and geospatial information

    30-10-2013  – 01-11-2013 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division is organising the first meeting of the United Nations Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, to be held from 30 October - 1 November 2013 in New York. This Expert Group, recently established in pursuance of Decision 44/101 taken by the UN Statistical Commission and Decision 3/107 taken by the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, is composed of representatives of both statistical and geospatial communities. It aims to carry the work on developing a statistical spatial framework as a global standard for the integration of statistical and geospatial information. The purpose of this first meeting of the EG is to finalise the proposed Terms of Reference and review the progress of a detailed work plan against the following topics: geospatially coding statistics, geographic data linking, common geographic classifications, metadata standards and interoperability, confidentiality and data access, etc.

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    Expert group meeting on revising the principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses

    29-10-2013  – 01-11-2013 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division is organising the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Revising the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. It will be held fro 29 October - 1 November 2013 in New York. The main purpose of the meeting is to lay down the framework for the revised set of international principles and recommendations for population and housing censuses in the 2020 round censuses, that will take place from 2015 to 2024, The experts will take stock of the experiences in conducting population and housing censuses in the 2010 round and adopt an outline for the revision, as well as distributing specific tasks related to the preparation of the content of the recommendations among themselves. The revised Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses: the 2020 Round will be the major international statistical standard guiding the work on population and housing censuses in 2020 round.

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    24th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG)

    16-10-2013  – 19-10-2013 Geneva

    UNSD will convene the 24th meeting of IAEG-MDG, in Geneva, Switzerland, from 16 to 19 October 2013. The IAEG-MDG has been responsible for data development, compilation and analysis for the assessment of trends in MDG indicators. The Group includes the UN Secretariat, a number of UN agencies, as well as national experts from statistical offices concerned with the development of data for MDGs. The 24th meeting will review the on-going and planned activities related to MDG monitoring by various UN agencies, and discuss the plans for the upcoming MDG reports. The group will also explore the lessons learned from MDG monitoring at national and regional levels.

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

    8th meeting of the Oslo group on energy statistics

    24-09-2013  – 27-09-2013 Baku

    The 8th meeting of the Oslo Group will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, on 24-27 September 2013 and will be hosted by the State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan. The meeting will gather experts in energy statistics from countries and international/regional organizations to discuss issues in energy statistics and advance concepts and methods. This meeting of the Oslo Group will focus on the review of the complete draft of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM) which is being prepared to support the implementation of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) and the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Energy (SEEA-Energy). It will also discuss future directions of the city group.

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    7th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on gender statistics (IAEG-GS)

    12-09-2013  – 13-09-2013 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the 7th meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) in New York from 12 to 13 September 2013. The meeting will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, international agencies and Regional Commissions to review global work on gender statistics. The objectives of the meeting are to review the work of the Advisory Group on Emerging Issues, discuss the Minimum Set of Gender Indicators and update the members on capacity building efforts in gender statistics through a continued dialogue on the coordination of gender statistics activities.

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

    Regional seminar on developing a programme for the Implementation of the System of national accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) and supporting statistics in the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) member countries

    11-09-2013  – 13-09-2013 Ankara

    The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), Turkish Statistical Institute, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE), is organising a regional seminar on Developing a Programme for the Implementation of the 2008 SNA and Supporting Statistics in the Economic Cooperation Organisation Member Countries.

    The objective of the seminar is to assist participating countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative will lead to a multi-year statistical programme helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely and comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators which fully meet user needs as well as comply with international standards.

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

    United Nations regional workshop on data dissemination and communication

    09-09-2013  – 12-09-2013 Amman

    The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, organized as part of a United Nations Development Account project. The purpose of the overall project is to provide 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.

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    Training workshop on environment and energy statistics for Arab countries

    08-09-2013  – 12-09-2013 Amman

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) together with the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training Workshop on Environment and Energy Statistics for Arab Countries from 8-12 September 2013 in Amman, Jordan. This workshop, which is envisaged as first in a series of workshops on environment and energy statistics, will review the basic concepts, methods and international recommendations on environment and energy statistics as well as the main interrelationships between the two areas. It will also provide a forum for sharing country experiences and will identify priority areas for the region for the subsequent training workshops.

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    Seminars on developing programmes for the implementation of the System of national accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) and supporting statistics and the System of environmental-economic accounting 2012 (2012 SEEA) and supporting statistics in the Pacific region

    20-08-2013  – 23-08-2013 Apia

    The seminars are organized by DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Samoa Bureau of Statistics, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre, and Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

    The 2008 SNA seminar is organised to assist participating Pacific countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA) and supporting socio-economic statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative will lead to a multi-year statistical programme helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators, which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standard.

    The objective of the SEEA seminar is to assist Pacific countries with developing an implementation strategy for the SEEA Central Framework on the basis of policy priorities and statistical development as well as to develop a sub-regional implementation strategy. It is expected that this initiative will lead to a multi-year statistical programme assisting countries to assist in the adoption of the SEEA 2012 Central Framework with a view to producing timely comparable economic and environmental statistics based on selected environmental-economic accounts and environmental-economic indicators which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standard.

    The seminars brings together senior managers from national statistical offices and senior representatives from government agencies using economic and environmental information for policy setting from countries in the Pacific region to discuss the development of an regional and national implementation strategy for the 2008 SNA and the SEEA 2012 Central Framework. The aim is also to share experiences among countries in the region and facilitate cooperation amongst the neighbouring countries as well as north-south and triangular cooperation in support of the SNA and SEEA implementation strategy in the Pacific region.

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    10th United Nations regional cartographic conference for the Americas

    19-08-2013  – 23-08-2013 New York

    The 10th UNRCC-A will be held from Monday 19 to Friday 23, August, 2013 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York under the theme United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management and the Americas, addressing global challenges through geospatial information. The conference provides a regional forum where government officials, planners, scientists and experts from the Americas and other regions meet to address their common needs, problems and experiences in the field of surveying and mapping, cartography, hydrography, remote sensing, land and geospatial information systems.

    Specific conference objectives are: to receive reports on the work being done to advance geospatial information management and assess the status of the resolutions adopted at the Ninth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas.

    for conference delegates to share experiences, knowledge and best practices on geospatial information management (GIM) at all levels; for representatives from Member States to gain greater understanding of the relevance and work of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Committee of Experts, GIM issues being addressed in addition to the strategic direction and related program of work; for Member States and supporting stakeholders to identify existing and new opportunities for increased regional and global collaborations aimed at advancing GIM for sustained economic development of the Americas.

    Speakers from 16 Member States and eight international geospatial information organizations will be addressing the following topics of interest:

    • Strategy, policy, economic and institutional issues
    • Spatially enabling government
    • Geospatial data collection, management and dissemination
    • Best practices and applications
    • Climate change and disaster risk reduction

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    Technical meeting on measuring asset ownership from a gender perspective

    30-07-2013  – 02-08-2013 Bangkok

    Under the Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE) project, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and UN Women are organizing in Bangkok, from 30 July to 2 August 2013, a technical meeting on measuring asset ownership from a gender perspective. The meeting will bring together around 30 experts, including survey statisticians and gender specialists from selected countries, partner agencies and regional commissions, to discuss how to measure asset ownership at the individual level. More precisely, participants will: (a) review and discuss the draft Technical Report on Collecting Sex-Disaggregated Asset Data presenting the proposed methodology to collect individual-level asset data through a dedicated module attached to a multi-purpose national household survey; (b) share national practices on measuring asset ownership; and (c) discuss the project implementation strategy in selected pilot countries.

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

    Workshop on CountryData – Sharing best practice in the dissemination of national development indicators

    29-07-2013  – 02-08-2013 Addis Ababa

    This workshop will promote best practice in dissemination of development indicators, including the MDGs through country practice presentations and demonstration of key tools in dissemination, metadata management, exchange (especially through the SDMX standard), communication and promotion of these indicators. This workshop builds on previous workshops conducted in the region and internationally in the area of national development indicators and incorporates the second in a series of four international workshops planned as part of the UNSD-DFID Project on “Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs.

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    3rd Session of the UN Committee of experts on global geospatial information management

    24-07-2013  – 26-07-2013 Cambridge

    United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Ordnance Survey of the United Kingdom, is organizing the Third Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). As an inter-governmental mechanism, UN-GGIM aims to play a leading role in setting the agenda and direction for the development of global geospatial information and to promote 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.

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    International workshop on industrial statistics

    08-07-2013  – 10-07-2013 Beijing

    DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing an International Workshop on Industrial Statistics in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and 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 workshop aims to enhance the capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries in the area of industrial statistics. In particular, it will address specific issues in industrial statistics, focusing on the preparation and conduct of industrial surveys, sampling techniques, the list of data items and other guidelines identified in the International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics (IRIS) 2008.

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    8th meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic accounting (UNCEEA)

    20-06-2013  – 21-06-2013 New York

    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 Eighth UNCEEA meeting will discuss proposals leading to a medium-term programme of work for the UNCEEA, which would envisage two main streams of work: one focusing on the implementation of the SEEA Central Framework and the process to advance its research agenda; the second focusing on the testing and experimentation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting and advancing the related research agenda. The meeting will also discuss the role of the UNCEEA in the process of the post-2015 development agenda, the SEEA communication strategy, emerging issues related to the SEEA, and be informed on the international initiatives on indicators and progress made in SEEA Agriculture and environment statistics.

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    International conference on the global implementation programme for the SEEA

    17-06-2013  – 19-06-2013 New York

    The United Nations Statistical Commission at its 44th Session adopted the implementation strategy for the SEEA Central Framework and urged the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) to agree on a medium-term programme of work for the implementation of the SEEA. UNSD, in collaboration with CBD, EEA, Eurostat, FAO, IMF, OECD, UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank, is organizing a high-level International Conference “Global Implementation Programme for the SEEA” in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and broader measures of progress. The overall objectives are to facilitate the implementation and outreach of the SEEA and supporting statistics and to improve the scope, quality and detail of environmental-economic accounts and supporting statistics at the country level. The Conference will provide a forum for various stakeholders to discuss the SEEA implementation strategy and its links to policies. It is expected the outcome of the Conference would be formulated as recommendations to be presented to the UNCEEA and subsequently to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its next session in 2014.

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    United Nations regional workshop on data dissemination and communication

    05-06-2013  – 07-06-2013 Rio de Janeiro

    The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, organized as part of a United Nations Development Account project. The purpose of the overall project is to provide 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.

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    8th meeting of the Advisory expert group on national accounts

    29-05-2013  – 31-05-2013 Luxembourg

    The Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) has been established to assist the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) in resolving issues on the research agenda of the System of National Accounts (SNA), identifying emerging research issues, and assisting the ISWGNA in the review of the SNA implementation programme. The composition of the AEG reflects the global community representing all regions in the world and comprises 16 members (not including the five representatives of the members of the ISWGNA, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, UN and WB). The main purpose of the 8th AEG meeting is to consider guidance on issues related to the implementation of the SNA, such as: financial output, global production, delineation of head offices, holding companies and special purpose entities, pension entitlements, stability fees, treatment of freight and insurance in the 2008 SNA, and the SDMX initiative.

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    Scaling up the coordination and resources for the implementation of the SNA

    28-05-2013  – 29-05-2013 Luxembourg

    Evidence shows that, despite some progress in a number of countries, many developing countries are still a long way from actually adjusting their supporting collections of economic statistics for implementing the System of National Accounts (SNA). The forty-fourth session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) requested the Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA), supporting countries and other regional organisations, to scale up coordination, advocacy and resources for the implementation of the SNA and supporting statistics at the national level where required. This seminar, which brings together the ISWGNA, the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) and representative from a number of countries with less developed statistical systems, aims to develop proposals for scaling up the effectiveness of the coordination and funding for the implementation of the SNA for consideration by the ISWGNA and to discuss practical issues related to the topics to be discussed by the AEG.

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    Expert group meeting on international statistical classifications

    13-05-2013  – 15-05-2013 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising an Expert Group meeting on International Statistical Classifications on 13-15 May 2013 in New York. The objective of the meeting is to agree on priorities and work arrangements for international classifications work over the next years, to further work on the implementation of recently revised classifications in the International Family of Statistical Classifications, such as the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC), to review classifications currently under development and consider other issues relevant to the application and use of international standard classifications.

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    Workshop on sharing implementation experiences of water accounts and statistics for better policy making in southern African countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe)

    08-05-2013  – 10-05-2013 Balaclava

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in partnership with the Division of Sustainable Development (DSD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), and the World Bank are organizing a capacity development workshop on water accounts and statistics to be held in Mauritius in May 2013.

    The workshop is for participants from the National Statistics Offices and water or environment ministries or agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

    Workshops on water accounts and statistics are organized by the UNSD in the context of the implementation strategy of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA-Water) adopted as an international standard by the United Nations Statistics Commission.

    On the other hand, the DSD is working with countries as follow-up to Rio+20, including capacity development in monitoring and accountability frameworks and mechanisms for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post 2015 agenda.

    The SEEA Central Framework is considered as one of the main foundation frameworks for supporting the development and tracking of the SDGs and post-2015 development indicators.

    Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have initiated efforts for implementing the SEEA through initiatives from UNSD, SADC and the World Bank.

    They participated in a workshop held in South Africa in 2011.

    Seychelles is joining the group in order to, together with Mauritius, develop the implementation capacity suitable for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in preparation for the third International Conference on SIDS to be held in Apia, Samoa, in 2014, to which DSD is the Secretariat.

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    Conference on the assessment of the 2010 round of population and housing censuses in Africa

    29-04-2013  – 01-05-2013 Pretoria

    The United Nations Statistics Division will co-organize, with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank, African Union Commission and UNFPA a Conference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses in Africa that will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, 29 April - 1 May 2013. The Conference will aim at taking stock of the population and housing censuses in Africa in the period 2005-2014 and provide a regional input for a global assessment of the census round.

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    • Keiko Osaki Tomita, Tel.: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

    Workshop on Improving the Integration of a gender perspective into official statistics

    16-04-2013  – 19-04-2013 Chiba

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly a capacity building workshop on gender statistics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan. This regional workshop will take place in Chiba, Japan from 16 to 19 April 2013. The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics, as well as discuss the newly developed UN manual: Manual for Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics.

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

    Workshop on international statistical classifications

    19-03-2013  – 21-03-2013 Kishinev

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) is organizing a Workshop on International Statistical Classifications, primarily for CIS member countries. The Workshop will focus on the implementation of the recently revised activity and product classifications and will in particular: review the current implementation and use of national activity and product classifications and their relationship to the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC) in the region; provide information on methodological changes related to the application of the classification, such as outlined in the revised introductions; address implementation issues in connection with the revised classifications; discuss country experiences and case studies; and discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field of classifications, including coordination of work on regional/sub regional cooperation in classifications.

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    Workshop on CountryData – Technologies for data exchange

    18-03-2013  – 22-03-2013 Bangkok

    This workshop will provide training to participants on technologies used for data exchange and dissemination with the international level; and specifically with CountryData (data.un.org/countryData) a website for the dissemination of national development indicators. The training will mainly focus on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) a technology which can be used to automate and standardize data and metadata exchange so that data are more timely and can be updated easily. The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to SDMX, followed up with practical examples for the exchange of national development indicators with a focus on specific key SDMX tools such as SDMX Registry and mapping tool.

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    Seminar on population and housing census practices of Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) member countries

    06-03-2013  – 08-03-2013 Ankara

    As part of its programme on the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme, UNSD will participate in and contribute to the Seminar on Population and Housing Census Practices of the OIC Member Countries. The objective of the Seminar is to discuss lessons learnt and share national experiences in innovations and best practices in census taking for the 2010 round in the Member States of the OIC. The Seminar will also provide a discussion forum for the countries on the likely future of their censuses for the 2020 round and on ways to enhance future cooperation among the Member States in census taking.

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    • Keiko Osaki Tomita, Tel.: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

    Meetings of Inter-agency and expert group on MDG indicators (IAEG-MDG)

    20-02-2013  – 21-02-2013 New York

    The 22nd and 23rd Meetings of Inter-agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators (IAEG-MDGs) will be organized back to back on 20 and 21 February 2013 in New York. During the meetings, the outcomes of the debates on MDGs at the 67th session of the General Assembly as well as those of the Rio+20, will be reviewed. The participants will also discuss how to prepare the 2013 global MDG report and the work towards the final evaluation of MDGs in 2015, The meeting will be preceded by a half day meeting by the Task Team on Lessons learnt from MDG monitoring on 19 February 2013.

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    • Keiko Osaki Tomita, Tel.: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

    Seminar on developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 System of national accounts (2008 SNA) and supporting statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region

    30-01-2013  – 01-02-2013 Kingston

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the United Nations Economic Commission for Lain America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is organizing a seminar on: Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in the CARICOM region. The objective of the seminar is to assist participating Caribbean countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting socio-economic statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative would lead to a multi-year statistical programme helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standards.

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    Workshops on population projections using census data

    17-01-2013  – 18-01-2013 Beijing

    United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with China National Bureau of Statistics, is organizing an International Workshop on Population Projections using Census Data from 14 to 16 January 2013 in Beijing, China. The workshop aims to strengthen the technical capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries to generate national population projections from census data. Twelve Asian countries are invited to participate in the workshop. The workshop will cover topics including assessing quality of census data; determining appropriate levels of fertility, mortality and migration; techniques on making national population projections. The International Workshop will be followed by a National workshop from 17 to18 January 2013, attended by representatives from provincial-level statistics offices in China. The National Workshop will focus on techniques for making sub-national and sectoral population projections.

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    International Workshop on Population Projections using Census Data

    14-01-2013  – 16-01-2013 Beijing

    United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with China National Bureau of Statistics, is organizing an International Workshop on Population Projections using Census Data from 14 to 16 January 2013 in Beijing, China. The workshop aims to strengthen the technical capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries to generate national population projections from census data. Twelve Asian countries are invited to participate in the workshop. The workshop will cover topics including assessing quality of census data; determining appropriate levels of fertility, mortality and migration; techniques on making national population projections. The International Workshop will be followed by a National workshop from 17 to18 January 2013, attended by representatives from provincial-level statistics offices in China. The National Workshop will focus on techniques for making sub-national and sectoral population projections.

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    UN regional workshop on statistics of international trade in services

    11-12-2012  – 14-12-2012 Bogota

    In 2010, the United Nations Statistical Commission adopted the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services (MSITS 2010) and requested the international community to make extra efforts in providing capacity building activities to developing countries. In this context UNSD organizes a training workshop on compilation issues of MSITS 2010 for Latin American countries from 11 to 14 December 2012 in Bogota, Colombia. The workshop is organized jointly with the national statistical office of Colombia and with support from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. The agenda of the workshop will cover topics such as the general framework of MSITS 2010, the main data collection and data processing issues with special attention to enterprise surveys and the use of ITRS, the compilation issues related to measuring Travel services and Tourism-related international trade in services, the compilation of foreign affiliates statistics and some cross-cutting issues such as quality management, meta-data and the use of information technology.

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    Workshop on integrating a gender perspective into statistics

    04-12-2012  – 07-12-2012 Kampala

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), is organizing a capacity building workshop for sub-Saharan African countries on Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics. The workshop will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 4 to 7 December 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to present the newly developed Manual for Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statisticsand train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics.

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    United Nations regional workshop on CensusInfo for Arabic-speaking countries

    03-12-2012  – 06-12-2012 Amman


    International seminar on population and housing censuses: beyond the 2010 round

    27-11-2012  – 29-11-2012 Seoul

    UNSD, in collaboration with Statistics Korea (KOSTAT), is organizing an International Seminar on population and housing censuses which will provide a discussion forum for countries and organizations to share experiences and lessons learnt from censuses conducted during the 2010 round. Discussions will center around 1) emerging methodologies for the census, 2) use of modern technologies during census operations, 3) strategies for managing the cost of the census, 4) demand for and provision of census micro data, and 5) the likely future of census taking.

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    United Nations regional workshop on CensusInfo for Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries

    26-11-2012  – 30-11-2012 Oranjestad

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    United Nations workshop on census data evaluation for English-speaking African countries

    12-11-2012  – 16-11-2012 Kampala

    The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the technical capacity of the participating countries to evaluate the quality of their census data and identify any errors. Over the course of the workshop, some of the most commonly used techniques for the assessment of data relating to the age and sex structure of the population, fertility, mortality, migration, and socioeconomic characteristics of the population will be covered. In doing so, the workshop aims to draw participants’ attention to the importance of data evaluation as a step in the census process, as well as to provide them a hands-on opportunity to practice the fundamentals of conducting a census evaluation through demographic analysis. The workshop will also provide a forum to discuss national practices and to exchange experiences among the participating countries.


    Expert group meeting on the Framework for the development of environment statistics

    05-11-2012  – 07-11-2012 New York

    The United Nations Statistical Commission, at its 41st session, endorsed a work programme and the establishment of an Expert Group for the revision of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES) After two years of intensive work the revised Framework, including a Core Set of Environment Statistics, has been submitted for pilot testing and global consultation.

    The revised FDES is a multipurpose conceptual and statistical framework that is comprehensive and integrative in nature. It provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics and to synthesize data from various subject areas and sources. It is broad and holistic in nature, covering the issues and aspects of the environment that are relevant for analysis, policy and decision making.

    The revised FDES together with a plan for its implementation, is expected to be submitted to the forty fourth session of the Statistical Commission for approval in February 2013. UNSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting from 5-7 November 2012 in New York to discuss the outcome of the pilot testing and the global consultation and develop a plan how to move the implementation of the FDES forward.

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    Inter-agency and expert group meeting on MDG indicators

    01-11-2012  – 02-11-2012 Geneva

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Indicators. The meeting will be held in Geneva from 1 to 2 November 2012, hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The main purpose of this Expert Group Meeting is to share experience and lessons learned from the MDG monitoring in the last decade at both national and international levels. In addition, the meeting will discuss different options to exchange data/metadata to update MDG databases and will be an opportunity to identify key areas in which international agencies could provide technical assistance to strengthen MDG-related statistical capacity at the country level.

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    • Keiko Osaki Tomita, Tel.: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

    22nd meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on MDG Indicators

    31-10-2012  – 31-10-2012 Geneva

    The 22nd Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting on MDG indicators is part of the yearly consultation with national experts and international agencies to review and discuss issues related to the global MDG monitoring. This IAEG meeting will focus on: lessons learned from MDG monitoring in the last decade, options to exchange data/metadata to update the MDG global database, and MDG-related statistical capacity needs at the country level.

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    • Keiko Osaki Tomita, Tel.: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

    Regional workshop on population projections for English-speaking African Countries

    29-10-2012  – 02-11-2012 Pretoria

    Within the framework of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, the United Nations Statistics Division will conduct a Regional Workshop on Population Projections for English Speaking African Countries, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 29 October - 2 November 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to provide training to statisticians from national statistical authorities in Africa in producing projections of population based on census results.

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    19th United Nations regional cartographic conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP)

    29-10-2012  – 01-11-2012 Bangkok

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the Nineteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific (UNRCC-AP), to be held at ESCAP facilities, in Bangkok, 29 October-1 November 2012. With the title ‘UN-GGIM Vision for Asia and the Pacific Region’, the main subject themes to be discussed by the Conference are the geodetic reference framework for sustainable development; data sharing and integration for disaster management; and place-based information management for economic growth. This is the first regional conference after the establishment of the global mechanism of GGIM, which will lead the region to discuss its new role as the GGIM-Asia/Pacific arm, and we expect to receive strong guidance from the member states on this GGIM vision for the region.

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    Seminar on developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in Southern Africa

    17-10-2012  – 19-10-2012 Pretoria

    The United Nations Statistics Division (DESA/SD), in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), is organizing a seminar on: Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in Southern Africa. The objective of the seminar is to assist Southern African countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting system-wide socio-economic statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative would lead to a multi-year statistical programme to move the countries over to the 2008 SNA and to establish a minimum common data set of annual and high frequency statistics.

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    Workshop on the implementation of the System of national accounts 2008 for member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organisation

    14-10-2012  – 17-10-2012 Tehran

    United Nations Statistics Division (DESA/SD), in collaboration with the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) and hosted by the Statistical Centre of Iran is organizing a workshop on the Implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) for member countries of the ECO. The purpose of the workshop is to initiate the formulation of an implementation plan for the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics in the ECO member countries with the objective of developing comparable economic statistics for monitoring the integration of their economies. It is expected that this initiative would allow countries to set up priorities for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and improve the quality and the scope of existing economic statistics. It should also help international organizations and other donors supporting capacity building activities in the region to get information on the most urgent needs of countries and better coordinate their efforts.

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    Regional workshop on international trade statistics: implementation of IMTS 2010 and a new vision for trade statistics

    01-10-2012  – 05-10-2012 San Jose

    This workshop is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos (INEC) of Costa Rica which is hosting this event. The focus of the workshop will be on the updated and new recommendations for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS) as contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions 2010 (IMTS 2010) and their implementation within the countries of Latin America. Particular attention will be given to the elements of the recommendations that provide additional information and that aim at the further development of the merchandise trade statistics in countries (or areas).

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    United Nations workshop on population projections for African countries

    10-09-2012  – 14-09-2012 Rabat

    UNSD, in collaboration with the the Direction de la Statistique, Haut Commissariat au Plan du Maroc, is organizing a workshop on population projections for French speaking African countries. The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the technical capacity of the participating countries to generate population projections at different geographical levels and sectors. The workshop will also provide the forum to discuss national practices and to exchange experiences and lessons learned among the participating countries. Participants will also learn about available software packages for generating population projections.

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    2nd session of the United Nations Committee of experts on global geospatial information management (UN-GGIM)

    13-08-2012  – 15-08-2012 New York

    The Second Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 13-15 August 2012. The official announcement of the second session has been issued through a Note Verbale which was communicated to all the Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The Second Session will bring together government experts from all Member States to consult and deliberate on a number of substantive activities, such as the implications of the Rio+20 summit, the strategic considerations of future trends in geospatial information management (the five to ten year vision) and the drafting of a statement of ethics for the global geospatial information community. The full provisional agenda, as well as other information on the second session are posted on the Committee website at http://ggim.un.org/ggim_committee.html.

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    10th United Nations conference on the standardization of geographical names (UNCSGN)

    31-07-2012  – 09-08-2012 New York

    The Tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names (UNCSGN) will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 31 July to 9 August 2012. In conjunction with the 10th UNCSGN, the 27th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) will be held on 30 July and on 10 August 2012, one day prior and one day after the Tenth United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names. The UNCSGN is held every five years, and UNGEGN meets between the Conferences to follow up the implementation of resolutions adopted by the Conferences and to ensure continuity of activities between Conferences.

    The primary objective of the Conference is to encourage national and international geographical names standardization, to promote the international dissemination of nationally standardized geographical names information, and to adopt single Romanization systems for the conversion of each non-Roman writing system to the Roman alphabet.

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    Training on information technology

    11-07-2012  – 18-07-2012 New York

    As part of the UNSD-DFID Project on Improving the Availability, Collation and Dissemination of National Development Indicators, UNSD are organising an IT training workshop for key participants from the Morocco National Statistics Office (NSO). The training will cover eXtensible Markup Language (XML),eXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT) and Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX), a cutting edge technology to facilitate data exchange and dissemination. The tools will help the Morocco NSO in automating their processes for producing statistical publications and in sharing data in a more automated, standardized way.

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    United Nations national workshop on MDG monitoring: 2015 and beyond

    09-07-2012  – 13-07-2012 Bangkok

    The United Nations Statistics Division is organizing a Workshop on MDG Monitoring: 2015 and beyond, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The workshop will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 9 to 13 July 2012. It will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, line ministries and international agencies to review recommendations for calculating MDG indicators, reporting MDG data and establishing strategies for dealing with data discrepancies between national and international MDG figures, particularly for hunger, child, maternal and reproductive health indicators. The workshop will also be an opportunity to review lessons learnt from monitoring the MDGs in view of the preparation of the post-2015 development agenda and the related new monitoring framework.

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

    United Nations national workshop on CensusInfo for Cambodia

    25-06-2012  – 29-06-2012 Phnom Penh

    Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Cambodia National Institute of Statistics, the workshop is aimed at training staff at the national statistical office in the full potential of CensusInfo as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The workshop is intended to develop the national CensusInfo application, with accompanying databases and customized features; it will involve fifteen professionals from the NIS. The workshop is part of the series of national training workshops developed by UNSD aiming at developing and putting in place national CensuInfo applications for dissemination of population and housing census statistics using contemporary technology.

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    • Keiko Osaki Tomita, Tel.: +1 212 963 8338, E-mail: osaki@un.org

    United Nations regional workshop on data dissemination and communication

    20-06-2012  – 22-06-2012 Manila

    The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, organized as part of a United Nations Development Account project. The purpose of the overall project is to provide 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.

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    Regional seminar on international trade statistics for Arab countries

    12-06-2012  – 14-06-2012 Amman

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in collaboration with the Department of Statistics of Jordan, the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), are jointly organizing a Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics from 12 to 14 June 2012 in Amman, Jordan. The seminar aims to enhance the capacity of the national statistical systems of Arab countries to produce reliable and high quality trades statistics. The seminar will focus on the compilation of statistics of international trade in services and on linking trade and enterprise statistics in view of an increasing globalization of production of goods and services.

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    Expert group meeting to finalize the trial International classification of activities for time-use statistics (ICATUS)

    11-06-2012  – 13-06-2012 New York

    Following a request by the Statistical Commission at its 28th session in 1995, UNSD convened a first expert group meeting in 1997 to prepare a draft classification of activities for time-use statistics. Then, based on the experience of countries that used or adapted this classification as well as on recommendations from a second expert group meeting organized in 2000, a revised and more elaborated version was issued and published in Guide to Producing Statistics on Time Use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid Work (United Nations, 2005) as the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-Use Statistics (ICATUS).

    After a lapse of years while several countries adapted ICATUS for application in their data collection, tabulation and analysis, UNSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the revision and finalization of ICATUS. The meeting will bring together around 20 national and international experts to discuss and agree on several topics including: (1) the updates of the current categories (2) the consistency of ICATUS with the new international standards classification; (3) the treatment of more complex aspects (categories such as “looking for work” or “waiting”); (4) the mapping (correspondence tables) between ICATUS and other existing classifications. The final agreed classification will be presented to the UN Statistical Commission for endorsement in 2013, after been reviewed by the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications.

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

    United Nations workshop for South Asian countries on collection and dissemination of socio-economic data from population and housing censuses

    28-05-2012  – 31-05-2012 New Delhi

    The United Nations Statistics Division is organizing a Workshop for South Asian countries on Collection and Dissemination of Socio-economic Data from Population and Housing Censuses. The workshop will take place in New Delhi, India from 28 to 31 May 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to present international standards and country practices for conducting population and housing censuses with a focus on recommended core topics and tabulations as identified in the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2. The workshop will also offer an opportunity to discuss the use of technological tools and of GIS web-based mapping and spatial analysis in the dissemination of census data as well as of the CensusInfo software as a tool for data dissemination. Lastly, the workshop will also provide a forum for sharing of national practices and experiences regarding determination of census topics and tabulations and also strategies for dissemination of census data.

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    United Nations regional workshop on CensusInfo

    15-05-2012  – 18-05-2012 Almaty

    Organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Regional Workshop on CensusInfo is expected to gather representatives from nine Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region countries. The Regional Workshop will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 15 to 18 May 2012. The purpose of the Regional Workshop is to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of census data as well as highlighting CensusInfo’s potential as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The workshop will demonstrate the various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo, including the preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The workshop sessions will also include hands-on training on using the CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications.

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    National CensusInfo Training

    14-05-2012  – 18-05-2012 Dushanbe

    Organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Regional Workshop on CensusInfo is expected to gather representatives from nine Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region countries. The Regional Workshop will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from 15 to 18 May 2012. The purpose of the Regional Workshop is to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of census data as well as highlighting CensusInfo’s potential as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The workshop will demonstrate the various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo, including the preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The workshop sessions will also include hands-on training on using the CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications.

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    7th meeting of the Advisory expert group on national accounts

    23-04-2012  – 25-04-2012 New York

    The United Nations Statistical Commission established the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) to support the Inter Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) in carrying out its work programme, to resolve issues on the research agenda of the System of National Accounts (SNA) and to review documents and tools for the SNA implementation programme. At its 7th meeting the AEG will consider issues such as, the ISWGNA programme of work for the period up to 2014, current research issues and the provision of further guidance on the implementation of the 2008 SNA, review of the SNA research agenda, review of compilation guidance drafted by ISWGNA members, the development of training material on the SNA, issues related to the implementation of the System of National Accounts and the ongoing work in the broader remits of national accounts.

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    4th global forum on gender statistics

    27-03-2012  – 29-03-2012 Dead Sea

    The Forum is being organized by the UNSD and the Department of Statistics of Jordan, in collaboration with UNESCWA, UNFPA, UN-Women, and the World Bank. It is being held as part of the Global Gender Statistics Programme promoted by the IAEG-GS with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of countries to collect, disseminate and use quality gender statistics. The forum will provide an important opportunity to review and discuss new initiatives and data collection tools for the improvement of gender statistics and focus on Women’s Empowerment, including: economic empowerment, autonomy and physical empowerment, adolescent girls, and knowledge empowerment.

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

    International workshop on household income, consumption and full accounting of the households sector

    26-03-2012  – 28-03-2012 Beijing

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China is organizing an international workshop on Household Income, Consumption and Full Accounting of the Households Sector. This workshop is being conducted as part of the project on strengthening statistical capacity development in China and other developing countries in Asia funded by the Chinese Government. It will present an overview of the Households Sector as an institutional sector in National Accounts and will train participants on how to compile a full sequence of non-financial accounts for it. Particular attention during the workshop will be given to the compilation of GDP by income approach with emphasis on the income by corporations and households, adjustments for the conceptual differences between the estimates derived using the results of the Household Income and Expenditure Survey and National Accounts, and the use of extrapolation and benchmarking techniques for compilation of annual accounts for the Households Sector.

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    6th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on gender statistics (IAEG-GS)

    25-03-2012  – 26-03-2012 Dead Sea

    The 6th Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting will bring together representatives of international agencies within and outside United Nations system, statisticians from National Statistical Systems, and development partners, to review progress and provide guidance on future activities geared at advancing gender statistics.

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

    Kenya national seminar on census data analysis

    19-03-2012  – 22-03-2012 Nairobi

    The Kenya Seminar on Census Data Analysis is scheduled to be held from 19 to 22 March 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. The main objective of the national seminar is to provide an opportunity for the staff member of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to further analyze data from the 2009 population and housing census of Kenya on selected topics. The ultimate objective is to promote greater analysis and dissemination of the data collected from the Kenya 2009 census.

    The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) population projections at sub-national and sectoral level, (ii) analysis of data on international migration, and (iii) analysis of data on gender issues.

    After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

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    National seminar on census data analysis

    12-12-2011  – 14-12-2011 Monrovia

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) will organize a National Seminar on Census Data Analysis in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The purpose of the Seminar is to assist the LISGIS on undertaking in-depth analysis of census data to produce an analytical report on the selected topics. The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) youth and internal migration and (ii) employment and education. During the national seminar, the staff of LISGIS will attend the lectures on the topics of focus and engage in preliminary data analyses of 2008 census data. After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

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    Meeting on compilation issues of IMTS 2010

    06-12-2011  – 09-12-2011 Mexico City

    UNSD/DESA and INEGI (the national statistical office of Mexico) will jointly organize a meeting on compilation issues of international merchandise trade statistics. The purpose of the meeting is to review the full draft Compilers Manual for the collection, processing and dissemination of trade statistics and to gather country experiences and good practices. Participants in this meeting will be trade statistics experts from developing and developed countries. The meeting will cover all aspects of quality assurance of merchandise trade statistics and will discuss issues like data sources (customs administration and enterprise surveys), institutional arrangements for data exchange, integration of trade data from different sources, data processing, preparation of meta-data, dissemination of data and the calculation of external trade indices.

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    • Matthias Reister Tel. , Tel.: +1 917-367-7098, E-mail: reister@un.org

    National workshop on CensusInfo

    05-12-2011  – 09-12-2011 Kampala

    Organized by UNSD in collaboration with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), the workshop is designed to demonstrate through in-depth, hands-on experiences, the potential of CensusInfo as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The participants of UBOS will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The sessions will include hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications as well as an introduction in the process of web-enabling the CensusInfo database. The objective of the training is to create a first version of a Uganda CensusInfo application including maps and a subset of data/indicators based on data of the 2002 census and earlier censuses if available.

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    • Jan Beise Tel. , Tel.: +1 212 963 4966, E-mail: beise@un.org

    Workshop on environment statistics

    05-12-2011  – 09-12-2011 Yaoundé

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Economic Commission of Africa, is organizing a Workshop on Environment Statistics for the francophone Central African countries which will take place in Yaounde, Cameroon from 5 to 9 December 2011. The main objectives of the Workshop are to: (a) adopt a list of environmental statistics and indicators for the Central African region for national and regional reporting; (b) review methodologies for the ECOWAS regional core set of environmental indicators for use in this region; (c) develop a way forward for a draft regional programme on environment statistics; (d) train participants from national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies on basic concepts, methods and best practices in environment statistics; and (e) provide a forum for exchange of information on the status of national environment statistics.

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    Workshop on environment statistics for the South-East Asian countries

    05-12-2011  – 07-12-2011 Hanoi

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in cooperation with the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, will organize a Workshop on Environment Statistics for the South-East Asian countries from 5 to 7 December 2011 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. This workshop is being organized within the framework of the UNDESA Development Account Project on Building Statistical Capacity in the Low Income Countries of South-East Asia.

    This workshop is aimed at assisting the participating countries by providing the fundamentals of environment statistics from the global and national perspectives, while learning more closely about the environmental challenges and statistical needs from the countries; introducing the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics, the Core Set of Environment Statistics and the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics. The need for environment statistics and indicators, methodological developments, global data collections and international sources of environment statistics, as well as resources needed to engage in production of environment statistics will also be discussed at the workshop.

    Participating countries will include the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (host), the Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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    Workshop on the Implementation of the System of national accounts 2008, statistics in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and South and East Europe (SEE) region

    29-11-2011  – 02-12-2011 Kiev

    DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is organizing this workshop on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. The workshop is hosted by the State Statistical Committee of Ukraine. The purpose of the workshop is to initiate the formulation of an implementation plan for the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics in the EECCA and SEE region with the objective of developing comparable economic statistics for monitoring the integration of their economies. The regional plan will be part of the global implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics. The workshop will also discuss the treatment of conceptual issues, such as the recording of financial services and research and development in the national accounts. The expected outcome is consensus among participants on the implementation of the 2008 SNA.

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    Regional workshop on CensusInfo

    28-11-2011  – 30-11-2011 New Delhi

    Organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, the Regional Workshop on CensusInfo will take place in New Delhi, India from 28 to 30 November 2011. Representatives of about 20 countries from the Asian region are expected to participate in the workshop. The workshop is intended to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of census data as well as highlight CensusInfo’s potential as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level. The workshop will demonstrate the various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo, including the preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The workshop sessions will also include hands-on training on using the CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications.

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    United Nations sub-regional workshop on Census Data evaluation

    14-11-2011  – 17-11-2011 Phnom Penh

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Cambodian Institute of Statistics will organize a Workshop on Census Data Evaluation from 14 to 17 November 2011 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This workshop will be organized within the framework of the UN/DESA Development Account project for strengthening the statistical capacity of countries in South-East Asia. The objectives of the workshop are to strengthen the technical capacity of the participating countries to identify types of errors in census data and to apply methods of evaluating the quality of census data. Representatives from national statistical offices of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are invited to the workshop. The workshop will also provide the forum to discuss national practices and to exchange experiences and lessons learned among the participating countries.

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    Burkina Faso national seminar on census data analysis

    14-11-2011  – 16-11-2011 Ouagadougou

    The Burkina Faso National Seminar on Census Data Analysis is scheduled to be held from 14 to 16 November in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The main objective of the national seminar is to provide an opportunity for the staff member of the Burkina Faso Institut National de la Statistique et de la Démographie to further analyze data from the 2006 population and housing census of Burkina Faso on selected topics. The ultimate objective is to promote greater analysis and dissemination of the data collected from the 2006 census. The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) population projections at municipal level, (ii) analysis of data on migration, and (iii) analysis of data on educational characteristics. After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

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    Consultative meeting on guidelines for producing statistics on violence against women

    08-11-2011  – 10-11-2011 Beirut

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will conduct a Consultative Meeting to Review the Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Violence against Women, from 8 - 10 November, in ESCWA premises in Beirut, Lebanon. The draft Guidelinesprovides comprehensive methodological guidance regarding the selection of core and additional topics, sources of data, relevant statistical classifications, outputs, wording of the questions and all other pertinent issues related to conducting statistical surveys to measure violence against women. The meeting will review the text in detail and, upon incorporation of all the inputs, the final version will be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for approval.

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    Inaugural session of the UN Committee of experts on global geospatial information management (UN-GGIM) and High level forum on GGIM

    24-10-2011  – 26-10-2011 Seoul

    The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management, established by ECOSOC on 27 July 2011 as the official UN consultative mechanism on GGIM, is convening its inaugural session on 26 October 2011 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The inaugural meeting will bring together experts from Member States and observers from international organizations to adopt the terms of reference of the Committee, review its rules of procedure and discuss its contribution to Rio+20 Conference as well as an inventory of critical issues to be addressed by the Committee in future sessions.

    Immediately preceding the inaugural session of the Committee, the United Nations is jointly organizing with the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) of the Republic of Korea, for the first time, a High Level Forum on Global Geospatial Information Management at the COEX Convention Centre in Seoul, 24-26 October 2011. The Forum will provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of current critical geospatial information issues and consultations among governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

    At the opening of the Forum, a Ministerial Segment will be convened in the morning of 24 October 2011. The Under-Secretary-General for DESA Mr. Sha Zukang will deliver the opening address. The Segment will provide a platform for Ministers, representing all the regions of the world, to discuss national policies on geospatial information, particularly in reference to management aspects; to provide direction in evolving common frameworks and methodologies across countries; to promote the use of geospatial information to address key global challenges; and to give guidance on capacity development and enhance technology transfer.

    The High Level Forum and the inaugural session of the Committee will be accompanied by two thematic side-events, namely an ‘Exchange Forum with the Geospatial Industry’ (on Sunday 23 October 2011) and a ‘Seminar on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information’ (on Thursday 27 October 2011).

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    Measuring trade patterns and global value chains in East Asia, regional seminar on international trade statistics as a follow-up to the global forum

    24-10-2011  – 26-10-2011 Beijing

    At the Global Forum on Trade Statistics in February 2011 in Geneva, policy makers and chief statisticians both made explicit demands to improve the relevance of international trade statistics by connecting and integrating them with other economic statistics.

    As a follow-up, UNSD in cooperation with the National Bureau of Statistics of China will conduct a regional seminar for countries of Asia focusing on the implementation of the new recommendations for international trade statistics, which were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010, while emphasizing the linking of trade and business statistics. Special attention will be devoted to the issue of the measurement of trade in value-added in the global production processes. For more information

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    The 2nd international conference on MDG statistics

    19-10-2011  – 21-10-2011 Manila

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Philippines National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) is organizing an international conference on MDG statistics. The conference will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, national government agencies, international agencies and civil society to review the MDG monitoring strategies in place and propose recommendations for improved monitoring approaches, aiming at reaching those who are lagging behind in progress towards the MDGs.

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    The 20th Inter-agency and expert group meeting on MDG indicators

    17-10-2011  – 18-10-2011 Manila

    The 20th Inter-agency and Expert Group (IAEG) meeting is part of the yearly consultation with national experts and international agencies to review and discuss issues related to the global MDG monitoring. This IAEG meeting will focus on identifying technical cooperation needs and defining statistical capacity development strategies to improve MDG monitoring.

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    Expert group meeting on the System of environmental-economic accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy)

    10-10-2011  – 13-10-2011 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Expert Group on System of Environmental-Economic Accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy) in New York from October 5-7. The expert group consists of energy accountants and statisticians from national statistics offices as well as international organizations. The main objective of the meeting is to review and discuss the current draft of the SEEA-Energy. In particular, participants will focus on a number of important topics related to the structure of the publication, its content and organization. Participants will also discuss issues that emerged as a result of the initial consultation on the document. The recommendations from the expert group will provide inputs in the final draft of the SEEA which is shortly being submitted to global consultation and in the finalization of the SEEA-Energy.

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    Seminar on developing the capacity to produce economic statistics, including national accounts in accordance with the 2008 SNA, in the Asian and Pacific region

    10-10-2011  – 13-10-2011 Bangkok

    DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), is organizing this seminar on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. The seminar will be hosted by ESCAP. The purpose of the seminar is to develop a clear implementation plan for the improvement of the capacity of countries in the Asian and Pacific region to produce economic statistics including the capacity to produce National Accounts in accordance with the 2008 SNA. The seminar will also discuss ways to ensure that plans for implementing the 2008 SNA and ESCAP’s Regional Programme for the Improvement of Economic Statistics in Asia and the Pacific are consistent and mutually reinforcing, effectively incorporating national implementation plans for the 2008 SNA into the regional implementation plan. The expected outcome is consensus among participants on the implementation plan.

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    5th meeting of the Inter-agency and expert group on gender statistics

    04-10-2011  – 06-10-2011 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) in New York from 4-6 October 2011. The main objectives of the meeting are to continue the dialogue on the coordination of gender statistics activities, in light of the conclusions and recommendations made by the 42nd session of the UN Statistical Commission, and present the on-going activities of the advisory groups. The resulting recommendations and decisions coming out of the meeting will form the work plan for the IAEG-GS.

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    Cameroon national CensusInfo training

    03-10-2011  – 07-10-2011 Yaoundé

    UNSD is organizing a National CensusInfo Training in collaboration with Central Bureau of the Census and Population Studies (BUCREP). This training is intended to develop the national census technical teams’ capacities to adapt CensusInfo, to its full potential as platform for disseminating census data. Participants will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, standard report and profile templates, language translation and packaging the software The sessions also includes hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications, designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including importing census data to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.


    Expert broup meeting on national quality assurance frameworks

    28-09-2011  – 30-09-2011 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Expert Group on National Quality Assurance Frameworks (NQAF) in New York from 28-30 September 2011. The main objective of the meeting is to discuss and agree on the template for a generic National Quality Assurance Framework and guidelines (including common terminology and mapping to existing frameworks). The resulting recommendations and decisions coming out of the meeting will form the basis for the report to be presented to the 2012 Statistical Commission on the conclusion of the work of the Expert Group.

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    International workshop on energy statistics

    27-09-2011  – 30-09-2011 Baku

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan is organizing an International Workshop on Energy Statistics. This workshop is being organized as part of the implementation process of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) which have been recently adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission. The main objectives of this Workshop are to train participants on the implementation of the recommendations contained in IRES; review and discuss issues that countries face in the collection, compilation and dissemination of energy statistics and share national experiences. The discussions at the Workshop will also contribute to the development of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM).

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    International forum on monitoring national development: issues and challenges

    27-09-2011  – 29-09-2011 Beijing

    The Forum is being jointly organised by the National Bureau of Statistics of China (NBS), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the World Bank (WB). The Forum will discuss priority issues in official statistics in monitoring national development and an action plan for the global statistical community. It will also identify training needs for capacity development. We envisage the following outcomes from the Forum: A programme of work for capacity development on economic, social, and environment statistics.

    A framework or template for tracking socioeconomic development with a focus on changing economic structure, employment and education.

    An initial consideration and endorsement of a Plan of Action on Statistics highlighting the important areas of statistics that the development community should focus on in the next 10 years. This Plan will be submitted to the Ministerial Aid-Effectiveness Conference to be held in late November in Busan.

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    Seminar on international trade statistics: Implementation of IMTS 2010 and follow-up to the global forum

    26-09-2011  – 30-09-2011 Vilnius

    The Global Forum on Trade Statistics in February 2011, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) in Geneva, made explicit demands to improve the relevance of international trade statistics by connecting and integrating it with other economic statistics.

    As a follow-up to the Global Forum on Trade Statistics, UNSD in cooperation with Eurostat and Statistics Lithuania, is organizing a seminar for countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia from 26 to 30 September in Vilnius, Lithuania. The seminar will focus on the implementation of the new recommendations on merchandise trade statistics (IMTS 2010), which were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010, with emphasis on linking trade and other economic statistics. For more information

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    Kenya national CensusInfo training

    26-09-2011  – 30-09-2011 Nairobi

    UNSD is organizing a National CensusInfo Training in collaboration with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). This training is intended to develop the national census technical teams’ capacities to adapt CensusInfo, to its full potential as platform for disseminating census data. Participants will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, standard report and profile templates, language translation and packaging the software The sessions also includes hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications, designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including importing census data to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.

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    United Nations regional seminar on census data archiving

    20-09-2011  – 23-09-2011 Addis Ababa

    UNSD, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, is organizing a Regional Seminar on Census Data Archiving. The purpose of the Seminar is to provide a forum for sharing of national practices and experiences in archiving census data. It will provide a basis for assessing existing national archiving strategies and technologies used, as well as for identifying good practices and lessons learned in census data archiving. The Seminar will review major issues in archiving census data with a view to identifying challenges as well as considerations for formulating and implementing an effective national archiving plan.

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    Workshop on national adaption of CensusInfo

    19-09-2011  – 23-09-2011 Colombo

    The workshop is intended to develop the capacity of the Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka to adapt CensusInfo to its full potential as a platform for disseminating census data. The training participants will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo, including the preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package. The sessions will include hands-on training on using the CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications as well as an introduction to the process of web-enabling the CensusInfo database.

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    Workshop on the methodological review of benchmarking, re-basing and chain-linking of economic indicators

    24-08-2011  – 26-08-2011 Vientiane

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Lao Department of Statistics is organizing a Workshop on the Methodological Review of Benchmarking, Rebasing and Chain-linking of Economic Indicators for the South-East Asian countries. The workshop is organized within the framework of the UN/DESA Development Account project for strengthening the statistical capacity of countries in South-East Asia. The workshop will take place from 24 to 26 August 2011 in Vientiane, Lao.

    The objectives of the workshop are to review the methodological aspects of benchmarking, rebasing and chain-linking of economic indicators and to train representatives from national statistical offices of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Vietnam on some of the most commonly used techniques for them. Particular attention during the training will be given to issues of rebasing of national accounts so as to deal with structural changes in the economy and linking the old time series to the new base year using a real dataset from Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The workshop will also offer the opportunity to exchange experiences, discuss challenges and propose best practice approaches to countries in these fields.

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    Mexico national CensusInfo training

    18-07-2011  – 22-07-2011 Aguascalientes

    UNSD is organizing a National CensusInfo Training in collaboration with INEGI Mexico. This training is intended to develop the national census technical teams’ capacities to adapt CensusInfo, to its full potential as platform for disseminating census data. Participants learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, standard report and profile templates, language translation and packaging the software The sessions also includes hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications, designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including importing census data to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.

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    International seminar on green economy and official statistics

    06-07-2011  – 08-07-2011 Seoul

    This Seminar is being organised by the United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with Statistics Korea, the national statistics office of the Republic of Korea.

    A green economy has been recognised as one of the critical development models for the future which improves well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. The concept of a green economy has become a centre of policy debates in recent years. During the recent global financial crisis, the United Nations General Assembly and several United Nations agencies underscored that the crisis represented an opportunity to promote green economy initiatives as part of the stimulus packages being put in place to support the recovery. The General Assembly has decided one of its major themes for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro is “a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.” We envisage the following outcomes from the Seminar: A recognition that official statistics will be required to inform on green economy issues and that national statistical systems will accordingly need to adapt.

    An emerging understanding of the key issues/indicators that official statistics will need to focus on. • A sense of the work that international agencies and the United Nations Statistical Commission might best focus on, over and above what they are already doing, to support countries in this work.

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    Expert group meeting on international standards for civil registration and vital statistics

    27-06-2011  – 30-06-2011 New York

    The meeting will review the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev. 2, which was published in 2001 by the United Nations (UN publication, Sales No. E.01.XVII.10). The essential standard the above mentioned Principles and Recommendations promulgates - generating accurate, reliable and regular vital statistics from civil registration system - remains unchanged and valid. However, over the past 10 years several issues emerged that might require revisions and updates of the principles and recommendations, such as the increasing use of population registers as source of vital statistics, advances in modern technologies that have helped some countries in accelerating the improvement of their civil registration and vital statistics systems, and the development of statistical systems in countries.

    The Meeting will (1) review the Principles and Recommendationsfor updates and elaborations and (2) propose an outline for the next revision of the Recommendations.

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    6th meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic accounting (UNCEEA)

    15-06-2011  – 17-06-2011 New York

    The United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) is an intergovernmental body providing strategic vision and direction to environmental-economic accounting and related statistics. The Sixth UNCEEA meeting will discuss progress made toward the revised System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA). The Committee will also review proposals related to experimental ecosystem accounts and applications of the SEEA. Other related initiatives, international events and projects, including the SEEA-Energy and SEEA-Agriculture and the UN Framework for Development of Environment Statistics (FDES), will be discussed.

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    Workshop in South Africa for the institutionalization of water accounts and statistics

    06-06-2011  – 08-06-2011 Pretoria

    The objective of the workshop is to provide focalized technical assistance to some countries in southern Africa for the institutionalization of water accounts and statistics. The workshop will be based on the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-Water) and the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS), which have been adopted by the United Nations Statistics Commission (UNSC).

    The workshop will be jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The participants include experts from the National Statistics Offices and Water Agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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    Regional seminar on census data dissemination and spatial analysis for Latin American countries

    31-05-2011  – 03-06-2011 Santiago

    The Regional Seminar, which is being organized by UNSD in collaboration with ECLAC and UNFPA, will provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination and use of census data. The Seminar will aid in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of census data users as well as review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the dissemination of census data. Furthermore, the Seminar is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the dissemination and analysis of census data.

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    Meeting of the Expert group on international economic and social classifications

    18-05-2011  – 20-05-2011 New York

    The Expert Group will discuss a variety of topics, including a review of the International Family of Classifications and criteria for the development of international classifications, the assessment of the implementation of newly revised standard classifications, as well as ways to improve communication with users of classifications. The Expert Group will also review newly developed or revised classifications, their linkages with other standard classifications and evaluate the need for revision of a number of classifications, including the Classification by Broad Economic Categories (BEC), the Standard International Energy Product Classification (SIEC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC) among others. The Expert Group is also expected to discuss necessary updates to its mandate to allow it to react appropriately to new demand in the area of classifications work.

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    Regional seminar on census data dissemination and spatial analysis for Arabic-speaking countries

    16-05-2011  – 19-05-2011 Amman

    UNSD, in collaboration with the Jordan Department of Statistics and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics, is organizing a Regional Seminar on Census Data Dissemination and Spatial Analysis.

    The purpose of the Seminar is to provide a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination and use of census data. The Seminar will review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the dissemination of census data. The Seminar will also aid in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of census data users. Furthermore, the Seminar is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the dissemination and analysis of census data.

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    2nd meeting of the Expert group on the revision of the Framework for the development of environment statistics (FDES)

    04-05-2011  – 06-05-2011 New York

    The main objective of the second meeting of the Expert Group is to discuss and reach agreement on the fundamental structure and main building blocks of the revised FDES based on the analysis of relevant key concepts, scientific, policy and statistical frameworks. The meeting is expected to agree on the contents and detailed annotated outline of the revised FDES handbook. The experts will also discuss the criteria and process for the selection of a core set of environment statistics. The revised FDES is expected to be presented to the 43rd session of the Statistical Commission in February 2012.

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    Time use workshop for Arabic-speaking countries

    25-04-2011  – 28-04-2011 Amman

    The Workshop objective is to review methods and practices in collecting, processing and disseminating time-use statistics at the regional and international levels, with a main focus on the design and classification issues pertinent to the measurement of paid and unpaid work.

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    International workshop on measuring GDP by final demand approach

    25-04-2011  – 27-04-2011 Shenzhen

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China is organizing an international workshop on measuring GDP by final demand approach. This workshop is being conducted as part of the project on strengthening statistical capacity development in China and other developing countries in Asia funded by the Chinese Government. It will give an overview on one of the main approaches to GDP compilation – the final demand approach, and will address specific issues of measuring the final consumption expenditures of households, government and non-profit institutions serving households and estimating gross capital formation for the economy and by sector. The estimation of national accounts’ imports and exports of goods and services from foreign trade statistics and other sources will also be discussed.

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    Seminar on the implementation of the System of national accounts 2008 in the African region

    11-04-2011  – 15-04-2011 Addis Ababa

    DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), African Development Bank, and African Union Commission is organizing this seminar on the implementation of the 2008 SNA. The seminar will be hosted by the African Centre for Statistics at the ECA. The purpose of the seminar is to assist the African Group on National Accounts in implementing the regional implementation programme of the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics. The objective is to develop national implementation programmes for the compilation of comparable economic statistics and national accounts for countries in Africa for monitoring the integration of their economies. The regional programme forms part of the global implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics.

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    3rd Preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee on global geospatial information management

    04-04-2011  – 11-04-2011 New York

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), jointly with the United Nations Cartographic Section/DFS (UNCS), is organizing the third preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Meeting will discuss the report on GGIM to be submitted to ECOSOC and the inter-governmental process. In addition, the meeting will discuss the agenda and the modality of the forthcoming UN Forum on GGIM to be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea on 25-28 October, 2011. This is the last preparatory meeting and we expect to receive strong guidance from the member states on the progression of this GGIM initiative.

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    United Nations workshop on manufacturing statistics for ECLAC countries

    15-03-2011  – 17-03-2011 Santiago

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), is organizing a Workshop on Manufacturing Statistics, scheduled for 15-17 March 2011 in Santiago, Chile. This workshop continues the programme for the development of comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in the Latin American region, initiated 2007.

    The main purpose of this workshop is to discuss issues of data processing, including validation and imputation, as well as the compilation of production indices and related topics.

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    Indonesia national CensusInfo training

    14-03-2011  – 18-03-2011 Jakarta

    UNSD is organizing a National CensusInfo Training in collaboration with BPS Indonesia. This training is intended to develop the national census technical teams’ capacities to adapt CensusInfo to its full potential as platform for disseminating census data. Participants will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, standard report and profile templates, language translation and packaging the software. The sessions also include hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications, designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including importing census data to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.


    Seminar on the in-depth analysis of Ethiopia's 2007 population and housing census

    14-03-2011  – 18-03-2011 Addis Ababa

    In many countries, the voluminous data collected through censuses is only partially analysed and disseminated, and often late, resulting in its underutilization. To address this challenge, UNSD in collaboration with the Italian Government has initiated a project to strengthen national capacity to analyse, present and disseminate census data in selected developing countries, Ethiopia being one. Based on a needs assessment mission launched by UNSD, the Central Statistical Authority (CSA) of Ethiopia has identified four areas for in-depth analysis: Fertility, mortality, housing, and the situation of the elderly. The national seminar is preparatory work for the preparation of monographs on the identified topics and in the process build capacity among CSA’s census analyses teams tasked with the preparation of analytical reports through on-the-job knowledge transfer. The final outputs are expected to be useful for effective development planning and monitoring population and socio-economic trends.

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    Global forum on trade statistics: measuring global trade - Do we have the right numbers?

    02-02-2011  – 04-02-2011 Geneva

    Trade statisticians around the world are working tirelessly in getting the numbers right, but are we measuring the right numbers? This is the overarching theme of this Global Forum “Measuring Global Trade – Do we have the right numbers?” organized jointly by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat), and in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO). The forum will take place on 2-4 February 2011 in Geneva at the WTO.

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    Workshop on MDG monitoring for countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region

    31-01-2011  – 03-02-2011 San Jose

    UNSD, in collaboration with ECLAC is organizing a workshop that will bring together representatives from national statistical offices, line ministries and international agencies, to review recommendations for reporting of MDG data and to establish strategies for dealing with data discrepancies and data gaps at the national and international level; particularly for poverty, labor and health related MDG indicators. In addition, the workshop will provide participants with skills needed to improve the production and dissemination of MDG indicators, and aims at explaining data differences between national and international figures.

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    Workshop on the 2010 World programme on population and housing censuses: census editing, for countries in the Caribbean Region

    06-12-2010  – 11-12-2010 St. John's

    UNSD, in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat, is organizing a Regional Workshop for countries in the region on census editing in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses. The purpose of the workshop is to develop capacities of CARICOM national statistical offices (NSOs) with the techniques and procedures used in editing population and housing census data. The Workshop will cover elements of edit specifications and implementing the specifications in CSPro. The Workshop will also offer the possibility to the participants to present and discuss the experience of their countries on different aspects of census editing. The workshop will be very hands-on, using the common core census questionnaire shared by many CARICOM member countries and sample data from some countries. Participants will be trained well enough to implement standard census edits at the workshop and be able to customize them after they return home.

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    Workshop on statistics of international trade in services

    30-11-2010  – 03-12-2010 Hanoi

    The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the General Statistical Office of Vietnam is organizing a Workshop on Statistics of International Trade in Services for the South-East Asian countries. The workshop is organized within the framework of the UN/DESA Development Account project for the strengthening of the statistical capacity of countries in South East Asia.

    The workshop will take place from 30 November until 3 December 2010 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    The objective of the workshop is to train representatives from national statistical offices and central banks of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Vietnam on the methodology of trade in services statistics and on current country-practices in compilation of trade in specific services sectors. The training focuses on both the interpretation of conceptual issues and options for the implementation of the international recommendations, taking account of country specific circumstances and facilitating the establishment of a network of statisticians among these South East Asian countries. The workshop reviews particularly the travel item and tourism statistics.

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    Malawi national CensusInfo training

    29-11-2010  – 03-12-2010 Zomba

    UNSD is organizing a National CensusInfo Training in collaboration with the National Statistical Office, Malawi. This training is intended to develop the national census technical teams’ capacities to adapt CensusInfo to its full potential as platform for disseminating census data. Participants will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, standard report and profile templates, language translation and packaging the software. The sessions also include hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications, designing and creating templates and databases to house country-specific census data, learning various data administration utilities including importing census data to facilitate uploading of data into the CensusInfo system, and generating relevant tables, graphs, maps, reports and profiles for reporting purposes.

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    International workshop on social statistics

    22-11-2010  – 26-11-2010 Beijing

    The United Nations Statistics Division and the National Bureau of Statistics of China are organizing the International Workshop on Social Statistics, scheduled for 22-26 November 2010 in Beijing, China. This workshop is being held as part of the social statistics programme of the United Nations Statistics Division with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of countries to collect, disseminate and use quality statistics on time use and on violence against women. This workshop is also intended to provide an opportunity to review and discuss new national initiatives and data collection tools for the improvement of these two areas of social statistics.

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    Workshop on the 2010 World programme on population and housing censuses: Census evaluation and post enumeration surveys, for Arabic-speaking countries

    21-11-2010  – 24-11-2010 Amman

    UNSD, in collaboration with the Jordan Department of Statistics and the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics, is organizing a Workshop on census evaluation in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses.

    The purpose of the Workshop is to present an overview of the various methods of evaluating censuses with a focus on the post enumeration survey (PES) methodology. More specifically, the Workshop will cover elements of the PES with regard to: (1) planning and implementation; (2) frames and sample design; (3) methodologies for evaluating content and coverage errors; (4) matching procedures; (5) imputation of missing values; and (6) tabulation and dual system of estimation. The Workshop will also offer the possibility to the participants to present and discuss the experience of their countries on different aspects of census evaluation and the post enumeration survey.

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    International seminar on early warning and business cycle indicators

    17-11-2010  – 19-11-2010 Moscow

    The third International Seminar on Early Warning and Business Cycle Indicators will take place from 17 to 19 November 2010 in Moscow, Russian Federation. This is the final seminar organized by United Nations Statistics Division/DESA and Eurostat in cooperation with the hosts of the three seminars, Statistics Canada (Ottawa, May 2009), Statistics Netherlands (Scheveningen, December 2009) and the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation. These seminars are held in response to the call made in the fortieth Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2009 for swift and coordinated statistical initiatives by countries and international organizations in response to the global economic and financial crisis.

    The seminars focus on the methodologies for compiling and releasing of high quality rapid (or ‘flash’) estimates, their international comparability, the communication strategy for such estimates and their analytical indicators on the performance of the real sector of the economy and the financial markets for effective macroeconomic monitoring.

    The third international seminar is expected to formulate recommendations for the monitoring of business cycles and the early identification of turning points, as well as strategies for future work on improving statistical tools for this purpose. The outcome will be formulated as recommendations that will be presented to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its next session in March 2011.

    • Ottawa seminar
    • Scheveningen seminar

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      Seminar on the implementation of the System of national accounts in the Latin America and the Caribbean region

      09-11-2010  – 12-11-2010 Lima

      This seminar is organised by UNSD/DESA, in collaboration with United Nation Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The seminar is hosted by the National Statistics and Informatics Institute of Peru.

      The purpose of the seminar is to assist the Working Group on National Accounts of the Statistical Conference of the Americas in implementing the Regional implementation programme of the 2008 SNA and supporting economic statistics with the objective of developing comparable economic statistics for countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region as a whole to monitor the integration of their economies. This regional programme forms part of the global implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics.

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      Workshop on MDG monitoring

      08-11-2010  – 11-11-2010 Geneva

      The Workshop, which is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), will bring together representatives from national statistical offices and line ministries to review recommendations for reporting of MDG data and to establish strategies for dealing with data discrepancies and data gaps at the national and international level, particularly for health related MDG indicators. In addition, the workshop will provide participants with skills needed to improve the production and dissemination of MDG indicators.

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      Expert group meeting on the revision of the Framework for the development environment statistics

      08-11-2010  – 10-11-2010 New York

      UNSD, in collaboration with Statistics Canada is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of the Framework for the Development Environment Statistics on 8-10 November 2011 in New York.

      The Expert Group will revise the United Nations Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics, published in 1984, on the basis of improved scientific knowledge about the environment and new cross-disciplinary requirements created by emerging environmental concerns and their management. The main objective of this EGM is to agree on the conceptual framework that best supports an integrative approach to environment statistics and helps countries to establish and improve their national environment statistics systems.

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      2nd meeting of expert group on energy statistics

      02-11-2010  – 05-11-2010 New York

      The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Energy Statistics from 2-5 November 2010 in New York. The main purpose of the meeting is to review and endorse the provisional draft of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) prior to its submission to the United Nations Statistical Commission for adoption at its 42nd Session (22-25 February 2011). The Expert Group will review the results of the worldwide consultation on the provisional draft of IRES that took place during the period from July to August 2010 and advise on their incorporation in the final draft. During this meeting a number of issues relevant to the preparation of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM) and to the development of the implementation programme of the revised recommendations will be discussed. The meeting will gather experts from countries and international/regional organizations active in energy statistics.

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      Workshop on updated and new recommendations for International Merchandise Trade Statistics (IMTS 2010) and their implementation in countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa region

      01-11-2010  – 05-11-2010 Lusaka

      This workshop on the updated and new recommendations for international merchandise trade statistics (IMTS) and their implementation in countries of the Sub-Saharan Africa region is organized by UNSD in cooperation with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Participants will learn about the new and updated recommendations and share their experiences in the compilation of IMTS and the implementation of the international recommendations (old and new) on IMTS, also with view on identifying issues and best practices for inclusion in the updated IMTS Compilers Manual.

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      Project on national development indicators, including MDGs Kick-off meeting for the African region

      18-10-2010  – 20-10-2010 Nairobi

      The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting to launch the UNSD/DFID project on Improving the Collation, Availability and Dissemination of Development indicators, including MDGs at the UN Gigiri Complex in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18 to 20 October 2010.

      The meeting will bring together national experts on developments indicators as well as national data managers from the seven African countries covered by the project (Burundi, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania) to review and discuss the following points:

      (a) Aims and objectives of the project and lessons learnt from the pilot phase and the Asian region;

      (b) How to improve reporting of development indicators at the country and international level (issues of coordination, availability and frequency of data, agreement on metadata and data discrepancies);

      (c) Improving dissemination of development indicators (data dissemination policies, current country data dissemination practices, systems and platform for development indicators);

      (d) Next steps of the project.

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

      Global forum on gender statistics and Inter-agency and expert group meeting on gender statistics

      11-10-2010  – 13-10-2010 Manila

      The Global Forum on Gender Statistics is being organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Statistical Coordination Board of the Philippines. This Forum, from 11-13 October, will be the third in a series of international meetings