Ninth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

25-03-2019  – 28-03-2019 Beirut

The ninth meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), will be held from 25 to 28 March 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon. The meeting will be hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

This meeting will follow the same format as the previous IAEG-SDG meeting. There will be a Members meeting taking place during the first day (25 March) and a Plenary Session taking place during the following three days (26 - 28 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:

Workshop on Environment Statistics and Information for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region

12-11-2018  – 16-11-2018 Beirut

UN DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations Environment Programme, and the European Environment Agency (EEA) is organizing a Workshop on Environment Statistics and Information for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region. The Workshop will be held from 12 to 16 November 2018 at the ESCWA Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon and will gather participants from the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and Ministries of Environment of 19 countries of the Arab region. 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 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations University (UNU), the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), and the European Topic Centre for Inland, Coastal and Marine Water (ETC/ICM).

The Workshop is part of a series of events of DESA/SD’s regular programme of technical cooperation to support the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (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 Workshop will focus on, inter alia, building national capacities for the implementation of the FDES 2013 and introduce participants to the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT). The Workshop will also provide training on selected topics of environment statistics, in particular on waste and water statistics, as well on environmentally-related SDG indicators. Climate change statistics will also be addressed at the Workshop given the mandate from the 47th session of the Statistical Commission that DESA/SD develop a global set of climate change statistics and indicators.

The Workshop aims at providing statisticians from NSOs and experts from Ministries of Environment (or equivalent institutions) in the region with detailed knowledge and understanding of approaches to environment statistics, thus allowing them to identify gaps and deficiencies in environmental data, and contribute to the production of regular, accurate and reliable environment statistics that can allow developing environmental indicators and accounts relevant to policy making and SDGs monitoring. The Workshop content is very relevant to the SDGs since many of the environment statistics to be discussed are necessary for the measurement of countries’ progress toward achieving the Goals. The implementation 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.

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  • Reena Shah, Tel.: Tel: +1 212 963 4586, E-mail:

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:

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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Workshop on MDG monitoring

07-12-2009  – 10-12-2009 Beirut

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a Workshop on MDG Monitoring, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in Beirut, Lebanon, from 7 to 10 December 2009. The Workshop 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.

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Sub-regional workshop on water accounts for ESCWA and GCC countries

25-08-2008  – 28-08-2008 Beirut

The Sub-regional workshop will bring together the experts from the National Statistical Offices, from Ministries of Water in the six Arab Gulf Countries, and from concerned research centres, to share experiences in the development of water statistics and accounts. The workshop will focus on water accounts and aims to enhance their understanding of the System of Environmental Accounts for Water (SEEA-W) to facilitate the implementation of the System and compilation of the recommended standard tables of the SEEA-W.  This workshop is part of UNSD’s global promotion of the SEEA-W, following the adoption of the SEEA-W as an interim international statistical standard in 2007. The SEEAW is an information system suitable for supporting Integrated Water Resources Management and the development of policy relevant indicators.


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