Fifth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

28-03-2017  – 31-03-2017 Ottawa

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

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

More details:


  • Benjamin Rae, Tel.: +1 212 963 2678, E-mail:
  • Heather Page, Tel.: +1 212 963 9266, E-mail:

Seminar on timeliness, methodology and comparability of rapid estimates of economic trends

27-05-2009  – 29-05-2009 Ottawa

The seminar is jointly organised by the United Nations Statistics Division/ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNSD), the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) and Statistics Canada. The seminar will be hosted by Statistics Canada.

The present economic and financial crisis is characterized by its magnitude and speed, apart from its interconnected nature across all domestic sectors of the economy and its global cross border spill-over, impacting developed, emerging and developing economies alike. Analyst and policy makers urgently need high frequency statistics which are timely, reliable and comparable over time and between countries and regions to monitor the development of the crisis. These high frequency statistics are instrumental in the analysis of the turning points of the crisis in support of swift and synchronized policy actions at the global and national level.

This seminar will bring together around 50 countries and 15 international and regional agencies. In a collaborative effort between national and international statistical and central bank authorities, an assessment will be made about the availability, timeliness and quality of high frequency estimates and the innovative techniques applied in accelerating the release of rapid estimates. The assessment will cover broad sets of high frequency estimates like for national accounts, prices, production, external sector, government, sector, household sector and financial sector.

It is expected that this assessment will render a repository of country practices offering descriptions of national practices in the release of rapid estimates including the modelling, econometric and collection techniques used for the different types of rapid estimates. The joint assessment of this inventory during the seminar should determine the work priorities for the various sets of national and global rapid estimates. When desired and supported by the countries, an agreed statistical framework for the global monitoring of the global economic and financial crisis and the impacts of the crisis on countries and vulnerable population groups within the countries could be considered based on timely and comparable sets of near term indicators.

More details:


  • Magdolna Csizmadia, Statistics Division, Tel.: +1 212 963 4819, E-mail:

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