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

04-10-2017  – 06-10-2017 Manila

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

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International Seminar on Open Data for the Sustainable Development Goals

25-09-2017  – 27-09-2017 Seoul

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

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

13-09-2017  – 15-09-2017 Beijing

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

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

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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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Fifth meeting of the IAEG-SDGs

28-03-2017  – 31-03-2017 Ottawa

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

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

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

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

31-01-2017  – 03-02-2017 Bangkok

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

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First UN World Data Forum

15-01-2017  – 18-01-2017 Cape Town

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

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

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

15-11-2016  – 18-11-2016 Geneva

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

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

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

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International Seminar on Data for Sustainable Development Goals: Data Disaggregation

03-11-2016  – 04-11-2016 Seoul

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

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Global Preparatory Seminar for the UN World Data Forum

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

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

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

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

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

30-03-2016  – 01-04-2016 Mexico City

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

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

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

26-10-2015  – 28-10-2015 Bangkok

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

The IAEG-SDGs has been established by the Statistical Commission at its 46th session to develop an indicator framework for the monitoring of the goals and targets of the post-2015 development agenda at the global level, and to support its implementation.

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

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International seminar on world statistics: Sustainable data for sustainable development

20-10-2015  – 22-10-2015 Xi’an

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16-09-2015  – 17-09-2015 Seoul

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

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

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

20-04-2015  – 20-04-2015 New York

In advance of the first meeting of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), this event will be an interactive dialogue between the United Nations Statistics Division and representatives of civil society and other stakeholders on the next steps for the preparation of the Indicators Framework for the post-2015 development agenda.

The aim is to provide a live forum on inputs from civil society to the discussion on the preparation of SDG indicators and possible next steps.

See recorded webcast of this event.

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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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