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11th Meeting of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts

5-12-2017  – 7-12-2017 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. The main purpose of the 11th Meeting of the AEG is to review the SNA research agenda and consider guidance on issues related to the implementation of the 2008 SNA, such as accounting for pensions; globalization; digital economy; statistical units; financial services; and economic well-being and sustainability.

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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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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

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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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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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.

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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

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

05-12-2013  – 06-12-2013 New York


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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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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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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3rd data managers meeting

06-10-2010  – 08-10-2010 New York

The Third Data Managers Meeting will be held in New York, from 6 to 8 October 2010, 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 quality processes, SDMX, social networking for the statistical community, and the use of API.

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

5th meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic accounting (UNCEEA)

23-06-2010  – 25-06-2010 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 Fifth UNCEEA meeting will discuss progress made in resolving the issues in the issue list for Volume 1 of the revised System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA). It will also discuss the proposal for a list of issues for Volume 2 in particular related to the classification of ecosystem services and their valuation. Papers related to climate change, sustainability and integrated resources management will also be presented that are the themes of Volume 3 on the applications of the SEEA. Progress in drafting the SEEA-Energy, the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics and their synergies will be discussed.

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2nd preparatory meeting of the proposed United Nations Committee on global geographic information management

10-05-2010  – 11-05-2010 New York

UNSD, in collaboration with the UN Cartographic Section, is organizing the Second Preparatory Meeting of the Proposed United Nations Committee on Global Geographic Information Management.

The purpose of the Meeting is to discuss and initiate the preparation of a report, for the approval of ECOSOC, on global coordination of geographic information management, including the consideration of a possible creation of a United Nations global forum for the exchange of information among countries and other interested parties, and particularly for sharing best practices in legal and policy instruments, institutional management models, technical solutions and standards, interoperability of systems and data, and sharing mechanisms that guarantee that geographic information and services are easily and timely accessible. The Meeting, bringing together official representatives from member countries as well as representatives from relevant professional organizations, will also offer the possibility to the participants to discuss the terms of reference and the modalities of work for the global forum and the Committee of Experts.

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Expert group meeting on the Human Development Index

24-03-2010  – 25-03-2010 New York

In response to the decision of the 41st session of the United Nations Statistical Commission on the issue of the revision of the Human Development Index (HDI), the UN Statistics Division is organizing a consultative meeting on 24-25 March 2010 in New York.

In its Decision 12, the Commission has requested the Bureau of the Commission, together with experts from the regions, to undertake urgent consultations with the Human Development Report Office on the methodologies and data used in the proposed revision of the HDI and to take appropriate decisions based on the consultations.

This meeting brings together statistical experts from twelve countries, representing the various regions, and aims at reviewing the proposed revisions to the methods of constructing the HDI and at agreeing on a set of general recommendations regarding the methodological soundness and the appropriateness of the data used. This consultative group will report back to the 42nd session of the UN Statistical Commission.

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

10-11-2009  – 12-11-2009 New York

The meeting is organized by UNSD in collaboration with Statistics Canada. The objectives of the meeting are to discuss a conceptual framework that best supports an integrative approach to environment statistics and helps countries to establish and improve their national environment statistics systems. The meeting will review the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics and its accompanying handbooks and will advise UNSD on the directions to take in the revision of these documents as well as on the modalities of the revision process. The conclusions of the EGM will be submitted to the 41st Session of the Statistical Commission in February 2010.

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2nd meeting of the Expert group on international merchandise trade statistics (EG-IMTS)

03-11-2009  – 06-11-2009 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs is organizing the second meeting of the Expert Group on International Merchandise Trade Statistics from 3 to 6 November 2009 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting is to review and endorse the provisional draft of the revised recommendations for international merchandise trade statistics which has to be submitted to the United Nations Statistical Commission for adoption at its 41st Session (23-26 February 2010). Also, the Expert Group will discuss a number of issues relevant to the development of the implementation program of the revised recommendations. Experts from different countries and regions as well as from international and regional organizations active in the area of international merchandise trade statistics will be participating in this meeting.

The provisional draft of the revised recommendations contained in International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Concepts and Definitions, 2010 (IMTS2010) has been submitted for a worldwide consultation and is available together with further information about the revision process on the UNSD website.

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Meeting of the Expert group on international economic and social classifications

01-09-2009  – 04-09-2009 New York

The next meeting of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications will take place from 1-4 September 2009 in New York. The Expert group will discuss a variety of topics including the implementation of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), the Central Product Classification (CPC), including documents for the implementation and application of these classifications, the implementation of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO), the development of environment- and energy-related classifications, the review of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) and the revisions of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the International Classification for Health Accounts (ICHA).

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  • Ralf Becker, Statistics Division, Tel.: +1 212 963 4600, E-mail: beckerr@un.org

9th United Nations Regional cartographic conference for the Americas (UNRCC-A)

10-08-2009  – 14-08-2009 New York

The theme of the ninth meeting is “Building Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Disaster Prevention and Management”. UNRCC-A is convened every four years. The first meeting of the committee of experts on cartography was held in 1976 to stimulate the survey and mapping of national territories, study the problem and advise upon means of implementation.

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4th meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic Accounting (UNCEEA)

24-06-2009  – 26-06-2009 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 Fourth Meeting of the UNCEEA will discuss the policy relevance of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics framework to measure the nexus between economic growth, development and the environment including climate change. In particular, it will discuss the contribution of these frameworks and more broadly of the statistical community to global initiatives related to climate change, the green economy, sustainable consumption and production, biodiversity and ecosystem services. Senior experts from academia and the policy and scientific community will be invited to participate in the meetings.

The UNCEEA will also review progress made in the revision of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), the implementation of the SEEAW and monitor the progress of work of various technical groups and city groups working under its auspices.

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  • Alessandra Alfieri, Statistics Division, Tel.: +1 212 963 4590, E-mail: alfieri@un.org

2nd data managers meeting

22-06-2009  – 24-06-2009 New York

The second UNdata—Data Managers' Meeting will be held in New York from 22 to 24 June 2009, hosted by the UN Statistics Division. The meeting will gather experts from international agencies to exchange ideas on data and metadata dissemination. The meeting will cover several topics including: recent and future developments in the UNdata portal in terms of content and functionalities; current initiatives in data dissemination practices in UNdata partner agencies; and possible ways to strengthen cooperation and formalize agreements for collaboration.

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  • Francesca Grum, Statistics Division, Tel.: +1 212 963 4940, E-mail: grum@un.org

Expert group meeting on the international recommendations for water statistics

04-11-2008  – 06-11-2008 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an expert group meeting (EGM) to discuss the draft of the International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS). The meeting will take place in New York at the United Nations Headquarters from 4 to 6 November 2008.

The IRWS will support: the collection and compilation of water statistics and accounts by countries, the reporting of water data by countries to international agencies, and the construction of water indicators. The IRWS does this by providing a list of recommended data items, with agreed definitions, for collection and compilation, along with the description of sources and methods for water statistics. The IRWS represents a major step forward in the harmonization of methods, concepts and definitions used in the compilation of water statistics and accounts.

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Expert group meeting on the scope and content of social statistics

09-09-2008  – 12-09-2008 New York

The purpose of the meeting is threefold. First, it aims at identifying the scope and content of contemporary social statistics in order to identify areas that need to be addressed by an international plan of action. In essence, for each social concern there needs to be an accompanying statistical data collection that requires relevant concepts and definitions, international standards, recommended topics, recommended tabulations, defined periodicity, and sources of data. Collected data would also need to be disaggregated by population groups (young, elderly, women, to name a few) and by geographical levels. Second, the meeting will address the issue of an international action plan for improving social statistics, pertaining to areas that require additional work, as well as on related issues such as coordination among various agencies and institutions regarding social statistics at both the national and international levels. This draft action plan would position the United Nations Statistics Division to continue conducting a thorough review and assessment of social statistics and point to the necessary developmental work on international standards. Finally, the meeting is expected to result in the draft terms of reference for the proposed city group, if the need for such a group is clearly identified. The proposal for establishment of the city group replacing the Siena City Group on Social Statistics was initiated at the Seminar on New Directions in Social Statistics, held on 22 February 2008 in New York.

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United Nations Expert group meeting on industrial statistics

15-07-2008  – 17-07-2008 New York

The Statistics Division (UNSD) is hosting a meeting of the United Nations Expert Group on Industrial Statistics from 15 to 17 July 2008. The meeting will (i) focus on the review of draft text for the Index Numbers of Industrial Production (IIP) publication which is scheduled to be presented to the Statistical Commission in 2009; (ii) discuss technical cooperation on industrial statistics, i.e. coordination, regional approach, volunteers for specific areas; and (iii) review a prototype of the UNSD knowledge platform on economic statistics.

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Third Meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic Accounting (UNCEEA)

26-06-2008  – 27-06-2008 New York

The UNCEEA is a strategic body providing coordination, setting priorities, bringing forward a research agenda, taking decisions on standards and developing strategic visions in environmental-economic accounting. The Committee meets on an annual basis. The Third meeting will discuss new terms of reference for the Committee to encompass not only environmental-economic accounting but also environment statistics. It will also discuss the project management framework for the revision of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting, including the timeline and governance of the project and monitor the progress of work of the groups working within its mandate.

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Special session on climate change 

25-06-2008  – 25-06-2008 New York

The meeting is being organized as a follow-up to the Conference on Climate Change and Official Statistics (Oslo, 14-16 June 2008) which recognized the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) as a useful framework for climate change and requested the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting to oversee the statistical work on climate change. The objective of the Special Session is to brainstorm on existing initiatives and various stakeholders with the objective to developing a programme of work.

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DESA-Seminar on the global statistical system and UN development agenda: building structures for development

23-06-2008  – 23-06-2008 New York

This Seminar will present UNSD's vision for advancing the Global Statistical System and establishing statistical and spatial infrastructures as supporting components. The System currently operates well within a normative framework with established professional ethics and methodological guidelines, and has embarked on projects of global scale. However, it is conservative in nature, and has yet to focus its attention (and its resources) on emerging development issues. The seminar hopes to explore ways in which the Global Statistical System could respond more effectively to the measurement requirements of urgent development issues.

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Data managers meeting

19-06-2008  – 20-06-2008 New York

As part of the effort by the UN Statistics Division to facilitate the easy access to the data resources of the UN System in February 2008, UNdata (data.un.org), a web-based data access system, was launched to the public. In this context, UNSD is organizing a Data Managers meeting. The overall objective is to bring the database experts of the UN partner agencies together, especially those who have already contributed data to the system and those who intend to do so in the near future. The specific objectives are (i) for UNSD to inform the partners on the latest developments of the system, (ii) for the partner agencies to discuss the current content and planned future updates of UNdata and (iii) to reach agreements on in the form of individual Memoranda of Understanding on the maintenance of the system, in particular the frequency of data and metadata updates. The meeting will be conducted in English.

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United Nations expert group meeting to review the draft handbook on geographic databases and census mapping

07-04-2008  – 10-04-2008 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing an expert group meeting to review the draft Handbook on Geographic Databases and Census Mapping. The Handbook provides detailed technical and operational guidance on the recent developments in technology, methods and standardization related to geographic information and census mapping, which have been reflected in the recently adopted Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2, and draws on the experiences of countries in using geospatial technologies with census mapping operations.

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United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Measuring the Economically Active Population in Censuses

05-11-2007  – 09-11-2007 New York

The objective of the meeting was to review the draft Handbook on Measuring the Economically Active Population in Censuses. This is one of several handbooks being produced to support the activities of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses. The draft Handbook is an update of a technical report entitled Collection of Economic Characteristics in Population Censuses, which was prepared jointly by UNSD and ILO in 2002. The Handbook takes into account recent developments in the concepts, methods and classifications related to the measurement and characterization of the economically active population, as reflected in the Principles and Recommendations for the Population and Housing Census, Revision 21 adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2007.


United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the Use of Censuses and Surveys to Measure International Migration

24-09-2007  – 28-09-2007 New York

While the demand for policy-relevant statistics on international migration is increasing, national governments and international bodies are unable to provide the comprehensive assessment needed, mainly because the sources of these data are not sufficiently developed. A recent expert group meeting on measuring international migration convened by the United Nations Statistics Division in New York in December 2006 identified priority areas for improving international migration statistics. The current expert group will address two of them: (a) providing guidance and technical support on the use of censuses and sample surveys, taking into account the preparations already ongoing for the 2010 round of population censuses, to measure aspects of international migration, and (b) developing a handbook focusing on core variables and using case studies to clarify how various sources can be used and/or combined to measure international migration.


United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Contemporary Practices in Census Mapping and Use of Geographical Information Systems

29-05-2007  – 01-06-2007 New York

The purpose of the meeting is to critically review contemporary frameworks and different approaches to census mapping and the capabilities offered by advanced technologies (Geographical Information Systems, Global Positioning Systems, Remote Sensing, Internet, etc.) to support census mapping operations. The meeting will also cover possible institutional, organizational and technological challenges. Sessions will focus on detailed discussion related to 1) Geo-coding: concepts and approaches to related data collection; 2) Use of Global Positioning System and geospatial technologies and digital delineation of enumeration areas; 3) Geographic databases, spatial analysis and data dissemination and 4) Organizational and institutional issues.


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

12-12-2006  – 14-12-2006 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with The World Bank and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is convening an Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on the Development of Gender Statistics to explore ways of strengthening collaboration and promoting partnerships among stakeholders in the development of gender statistics. The meeting will review some of the key initiatives and strategies that are considered as being most successful; identify specific programmes and products that have enhanced capacities at national and regional levels in the collection, compilation and dissemination of gender statistics; and plan for launching an initiative to improve the availability, accessibility and use of reliable gender statistics for planning, monitoring and evaluation, at various levels, in particular at the national level.

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  • Elisa Muñoz Franco, Tel.: +1 212 963 4972,

Measuring international migration: concepts and methods

04-12-2006  – 07-12-2006 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division seeks through this expert group meeting to assess requirements for international migration statistics in response to policy interest and the challenges faced by national statistical systems in measuring international migration flows and stock. The meeting will review national practices in the compilation of migration statistics and identify difficulties associated with the recommended concepts and definitions. It will explore ways to foster cooperation between policy machineries of governments and their data collection agencies, and develop a plan for the improvement of migration statistics. The outcome will help determine the scope and content of a handbook on statistics of international migration to be prepared by UNSD.

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Expert group meeting on the 2010 World programme on population and housing censuses

10-07-2006  – 14-07-2006 New York

In implementing the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, the United Nations Statistics Division is organizing the 2006 Expert Group Meeting on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses in New York, from 10-14 July 2006. This meeting will bring together over 45 experts from all regions with one goal: to review and adopt the revised set of international standards for population and housing censuses as presented in the draft Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2.

This proposed revision on the major international standards and guidelines is a result of broad consultations and contributions from over 100 national experts through UNSD developed and maintained mechanisms and is also taking into consideration regional guidelines, where they were available. The proposed changes refer to introducing 40 recommended census tabulations that each country or area would be called to generate at least once in the period 2005-2014 at the smallest geographical level; new definition and concept of usual residence; several new core topics, such as those related to mortality and the availability of information and communication technology devices in the household; it also presents new approaches to census-taking and the importance of Geographical Information Systems for collecting and disseminating census results.

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1st meeting of the UN Committee of experts on environmental-economic accounting (UNCEEA)

22-06-2006  – 23-06-2006 New York

The meeting, organized by the UN Statistics Division (UNSD), is the first meeting of UNCEEA since its establishment by the Statistical Commission in November 2005. The meeting will review the work programme and decide on future work in the following areas: (a) coordination of activities in environmental accounting and related statistics; (b) implementation and promotion of environmental accounts; (c) advance the research agenda in order to elevate integrated environmental and economic accounting to a level of international statistical standard; and (d) harmonization of data-collection activities with environmental-economic accounting concepts and definitions.

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Technical subgroup on classifications

19-06-2006  – 23-06-2006 New York

The Technical Subgroup (TSG) of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications has been working on the revision of the activity and product classifications, namely the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC). The structures of the revised classifications have been recently approved by the UN Statistical Commission.  At this meeting the TSG will finalize supporting materials of the recently approved, including the methodological introductions to ISIC and CPC. In addition, the TSG will work on the user’s guide that will accompany ISIC and CPC and review the first draft chapters of this guide.

For more information on the work of the TSG, as well as previous meetings, please refer to the UN Classifications Website at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/class/intercop/techsubgroup.

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10th meeting of the London group on environmental accounting 

19-06-2006  – 21-06-2006 New York

The meeting, hosted by UNSD, gathers experts in environmental accounting from countries and international organizations. It will discuss its governance structure, review the work of its subgroups (on mineral and energy resource accounting, water accounting and policy uses of environmental accounting); and advance the research agenda in environmental accounting. The meeting will also provide a forum for exchanging information on country practices in the implementation of the accounts.

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United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Housing Censuses

05-06-2006  – 08-06-2006 New York

The Expert Group Meeting on Principles and Recommendations for Housing Censuses will: (a) discuss, in detail, proposed changes to the text of the current Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses pertaining to housing censuses, (b) identify and elaborate on issues that are not adequately covered in the current version of the Principles and Recommendations, and finally (c) adopt the draft text of the housing census recommendations for submission to the Expert Group Meeting to be held in July 2006.

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10th meeting of the London group on environmental accounting

05-06-2006  – 08-06-2006 New York

The meeting will critically review the housing section of the draft United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2. The outcome of the meeting will be reported to the Expert Group Meeting on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, New York, 10-14 July 2006, and will provide a basis for finalizing the global census recommendations.

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Working session on emerging trends and best practices in data dissemination

03-03-2006  – 03-03-2006 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and the Gapminder Foundation will hold a working session to discuss the emerging trends in data dissemination policies and practices, approaches. The working session will discuss approaches in promoting greater access to statistical information, and the means to enhance utilization and understanding of statistical data. The meeting will coincide with the launch of UNSD’s project on “Statistics as a Public Good”, which aims to promote public access to UN data resources and to establish best practices in the dissemination of official statistics.

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United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses

22-08-2005  – 26-08-2005 New York

The purpose of this Expert Group Meeting was to fulfill the mandate given by the United Nations Statistics Commission at its 36th session, in March 2005, in regard to updating and revising the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. The Expert Group Meeting had three major objectives: (i) To set the general outline of the revised set of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses; (ii) To agree on the timeframe, the division of responsibilities and the organizational framework in regard to drafting the text of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Revision 2; (iii) To identify topics that need to be taken into consideration for inclusion and elaboration, as well as emphasizing the output oriented approach to censuses by agreeing on a set of tabulations that need to be produced for the smallest geographical area.


Meeting of the technical subgroup of the Expert group on international economic and social classifications

14-02-2005  – 18-02-2005 New York

The main focus of this meeting will be the on the review of the 2004 questionnaire on the revision of the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC), which has provided a complete detailed draft proposal of the revised classification. The Technical Subgroup will discuss and produce a complete revised draft ISIC structure, taking into account the proposals from the replies to the above mentioned questionnaire, which will be submitted for approval to the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classifications at its next meeting in June 2005.

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Expert group meeting on Millennium Development Goal indicators

25-01-2005  – 27-01-2005 New York

The objectives of this meeting are: (1) Review data and analysis to be used as inputs for the preparation of the Secretary-General's comprehensive report on the Implementation of the Millennium Declaration (March 2005) and for the Internet publication (June 2005); (2) Review the final draft of the 2005 publication on MDG trends, prepared by the Editorial Advisory Group; (3) Consider plans for further work in 2005.


Expert group meeting to review critical issues relevant to the planning of the 2010 Round of population and housing censuses

15-09-2004  – 17-09-2004 New York

At its 35th session, the Statistical Commission recommended that an international expert group be formed to focus on critical issues related to planning the next round of population and housing censuses. Recognizing that the United Nations Statistics Division decennial census programme cannot cover all emerging topics, the Commission has asked the expert group to set priorities at its first meeting.

The purpose of the expert group meeting, therefore, is to set priorities and propose concrete outputs for the development of the 2010 World Population and Housing census Programme. Specifically the meeting will have before it relevant sections of the report of the 35th session of the Statistical Commission (see E/2004/24, chap. II. B, para. 2) as well as the draft resolution on the 2010 census round that will be submitted by the Census Symposium to the Statistical Commission at its 36th session. As the first in a series of meetings, the expert group will also establish terms of reference outlining its mandate in relation to the above mentioned Programme.


United Nations symposium on population and housing censuses

13-09-2004  – 14-09-2004 New York

The purpose of this Symposium is to set priorities for the upcoming decade round of population and housing censuses in light of the experience from the previous census decade. Specifically the Symposium will provide inputs for the drafting of a resolution requested by the Statistical Commission at its 35th session, calling on the Secretary-General to proceed with the development of a 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme.


Expert group meeting to review the draft Handbook on designing of household sample surveys

03-12-2003  – 05-12-2003 New York

The purpose of the Expert Group Meeting is to review the Draft Handbook on Designing of Household Sample Surveys. The experts will contribute comments and substantive suggestions aimed at improving the draft.

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Expert group meeting to review the United Nations Demographic yearbook system

10-11-2003  – 14-11-2003 New York

The purpose of the Expert Group Meeting is to review the Demographic Yearbook system of data collection and dissemination and propose strategies to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the system and strengthen its outreach programme.


Expert group meeting on setting the scope of social statistics

06-05-2003  – 09-05-2003 New York

The United Nations Expert Group Meeting on Setting the Scope of Social Statistics was convened in New York on 6-9 May 2003. The meeting was organized by the Social and Housing Statistics Section of the Demographic and Social Statistics Branch of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Siena Group on Social Statistics. The Expert Group Meeting was planned in response to the Statistical Commission’s recognition, at its thirty-third session, of the need for a more systematic development of social statistics.

The objective of the meeting was to propose a programme of work for furthering the development of social statistics, with a view to presenting it to the thirty-fifth session of Statistical Commission for action (for an elaborated statement of the purpose, see information flyer for the Expert Group Meeting, attached as Annex 1).


Symposium on population and housing censuses

07-08-2001  – 10-08-2001 New York

The Symposium on Global Review of the 2000 Round of Population and Housing Censuses addressed the question: “When and under what circumstances do censuses succeed?” The Symposium addressed the issues and problems that emerged in the current census round (1995-2004) and discussed modalities countries have adopted to overcome some of the challenges faced by the countries in implementing the census programme. Some of these experiences may serve to guide census planning by countries that will conduct censuses during the next round (2005-2014).

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International Seminar on Measurement of Disability

04-06-2001  – 06-06-2001 New York

The meeting brought together a broad array of developed and developing country experts in disability measurement for statistical reporting:- Review and assess current status of methods used in population-based data collection activities to measure disability in national statistical systems. Particular attention was given to questionnaire design;- Develop recommendations and priorities to advance work on measurement of disability;- Contribute to building a network of institutions and experts, including producers and users of disability statistics to implement the developments in this field.

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Expert group on methods for conducting time-use surveys

23-10-2000  – 27-10-2000 New York

The main objective of the time use survey is to provide sound statistics on the reality of women and men in Palestine. In particular, TUS provides statistics on the following areas: 1. All activities practiced by the Palestinians. 2. The average time spent in carrying out different activities by the individuals. 3. The percentage of individuals carrying out specific activities. 4. The social environment in which the activity is practiced. 5. The time spent by women in carrying out household activities and productive activities whether paid or unpaid activities. 6. Provide data on the time spent in different activities such as watching television, attending religious ceremonies and participation in sports activities. 7. The time spent in movement. 8. Other related issues.

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Expert group on methods for conducting time-use surveys

13-10-1997  – 16-10-1997 New York

A presentation on the EUROSTAT Pilot Survey on Time Use identified problems related to the specification of activities, but noted that the general survey design proved successful. The presentation on the time-use study in Italy also identified problems with the specification of activities and concluded that improvements in survey methods rather than the classification system were required to improve the amount of information specified in time-use diaries.

With respect to objectives and uses of time-use surveys, the priority uses of and interests in time-use data were discussed by each participant for their country. The most common objectives identified by both developed and developing countries, related to issues of gender and work, specifically the division of labour in the home and improvement in the measurement of women’s unpaid work. A related objective concerned the use of time-use statistics in the preparation of household satellite accounts. Another common objective concerned changes in allocation of time across broad categories of activity.

Plans to undertake national time-use studies in three developing countries -- India, the Philippines and South Africa -- were described. Among the objectives for these surveys are to quantify women’s contribution to economic activities, to measure the extent of child labour, and to understand the relationship between welfare and poverty. The participant from India also included among the objectives the need for information on livelihood strategies and on when people are free of work as a basis for planning skills formation, training and other poverty alleviation programmes.

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Social statistics expert group meeting on the statistical implications of recent major United Nations conferences

16-04-1996  – 19-04-1996 New York

At its twenty-eighth session (New York, 27 February-3 March 1995), the Statistical Commission, in its consideration of agenda item 12, “Measuring and monitoring economic and social development”, requested its Working Group on International Statistical Programmes and Coordination to consider further the statistical implications of the follow-up to the World Summit for Social Development (Copenhagen, 6-12 March 1995). The Commission also established the Expert Group on the Statistical Implications of Recent Major United Nations Conferences to draw up a work programme reflecting the major action areas identified by the Summit and indicating where international statistical work in the social field should be concentrated, with due regard to the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 5-13 September 1994) and the expected outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing, 4-15 September 1995). The Commission requested that, in the light of the policy areas identified, the Expert Group propose specific statistical activities for the period 1996-1998, and assign priorities to them based on the skills and financial resources likely to be available in international organizations and countries.

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Symposium on Global Review of 2000 Round of Population and Housing Censuses: Mid-Decade Assessment and Future Prospects

07-08-2001  – 10-08-2001 New York

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