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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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International workshop on regional products and income accounts

15-03-2010  – 17-03-2010 Beijing

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China, will organize an International Workshop on Regional Products and Income Accounts from 15 to 17 March 2010 in Beijing, China. The workshop aims to review the current practices of various countries in regional accounts and propose best practice approaches in compilation of Gross Regional Product and Income. 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. It will give an overview of the conceptual framework and different approaches for allocation of national economic activities to regions and address some measurement issues on the inconsistency between the national aggregates and the sum of regional data. The workshop will also offer the opportunity to exchange experiences and discuss the optimal approach in the calculation of Gross Regional Product and Income.

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International workshop from data to accounts: measuring production in national accounting

08-06-2009  – 10-06-2009 Beijing

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the National Bureau of Statistics of China is organizing an international workshop on measuring production in national accounting from appropriate basic economic data sources. This workshop is the first in a series of events to be organized under the project on strengthening statistical capacity development in China and other developing countries in Asia funded by the Chinese Government. With the objective to enhance the capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries to produce reliable and high quality national accounts estimates, the workshop will give an overview on the production approach in the System of National Accounts and address the data and measurement issues of the agricultural, manufacturing and the services sectors. The informal sector will also be discussed.

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  • Youlia Antonova, Statistics Division, Tel.: +1 917 367 3376, E-mail: antonova@un.org

East and Sourth Asian workshop on gtrategies for accelerating the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics system

29-11-1993  – 03-12-1993 Beijing

The objective of the workshop was to improve and speed up the registration of vital events, primarily births and deaths, in order to enhance quality and security and minimize double registrations, delayed registrations, omissions, counterfeiting or alteration without legal consent, all of which have serious effects on the reliability of the registration records.

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