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Updated on 16 April, 2014

UNSD Calendar of Events

May 2014

United Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and Communication,
Niamey, Niger, 13 - 15 May 2014

The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, with the purpose of providing a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the dissemination of statistical data and metadata. The Workshop will review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the dissemination of data. The Workshop is expected to provide a basis for assessing existing national dissemination strategies as well as technologies used by National Statistical Offices. It will also aid in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of users. Furthermore, the Workshop is expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the dissemination and communication of data. The ideas generated by the discussion and the recommendations made by participants during all workshops will contribute towards the drafting of a technical report and/or the creation of a knowledge base on the UNSD website, dedicated to the topic of effective dissemination of data.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/niger/default.html

Contact: Aida Diawara, Tel. +1 917 367 9433, E-mail: diawara1@un.org


Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of recommendations,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 12 - 16 May 2014

Regional Seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of recommendations organized jointly by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) from 12 to 16 May 2014 at the AUC Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The objective of the seminar is to strengthen the capacity of the national statistical systems of countries throughout the African continent in statistics of international trade in goods and services. This activity forms a significant part of the broader effort to improve integrated economic statistics through the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts.
The seminar will bring together national experts in the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics (IMTS), statistics of international trade in services (SITS), and the goods and services accounts of the balance of payments. The agenda is meant to elicit hands-on discussion and focuses on the status and, especially, the challenges encountered in the implementation of the international recommendations in these fields. A specific item on the agenda is the report of the results of the IMTS quality assessment questionnaire, along with selected issues of concern. Other topics are bridging IMTS and BOP, informal cross border trade, linking trade and the business register, FATS, and data dissemination. The joint activity is an important component in the overall effort to improve evidence-based policy making in Africa.

Contact: Karoly Kovacs, Tel. +1 212 963 4748, E-mail: kovacs@un.org


April 2014

Second Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses,
New York, 29 April - 02 May 2014

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.

Contact: Srdjan Mrkic, Tel. +1 212 963 4940, E-mail: mrkic@un.org


28th Session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN),
New York, 28 April - 02 May 2014

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.

For additional information please refer to the following website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/ungegnSession28.html

Contact:Cecille Blake, Tel. +1 212 963 5823, E-mail: blake1@un.org


Workshop for the UNSD-DFID project on "Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs",
Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 21-25 April 2014

The workshop "CountryData: Building better dissemination systems for national development indicators," organized by UNSD, will take place from 21 - 25 April in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This workshop is the fourth in a series of international workshops planned by the UNSD-DFID Project on “Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including MDGs”. The series of workshops has served to build capacity around implementing the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) dissemination model promoted by the project. The fourth workshop will, in particular, look at complex issues and advanced topics in SDMX mapping and exchange. It will also focus on metadata and its use in discrepancy analysis, with a long term view to reducing discrepancies between national and international development data. The training will be led by UNSD and will bring together statistical and IT project focal points from the 11 countries participating in the project.

For more information, please refer to the website:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/countrydata4/default.html

Contact: Elena de Jesus, Tel. +1 212 963 3893, E-mail: dejesuse@un.org


March 2014

United Nations Regional Seminar on Promotion and Utilization of Census Results and on the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses,
Pretoria, South Africa, 24-26 March 2014

UNSD in collaboration with Statistics South Africa, the African Development Bank, UNFPA and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa African Centre for Statistics, is organizing a Regional Seminar on Promotion and Utilization of Census Results and on the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. The objectives of the Regional Seminar is to discuss lessons learnt and share national experience from the 2010 round of population and housing censuses with regard to effective strategies for promoting the dissemination and utilization of census data. The regional seminar will also provide an opportunity to gather the input of African countries towards the revision of the United Nations Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses. The knowledge shared during the Regional Seminar will enable participating countries to promote utilization of their census data from the 2010 round and to better plan and develop strategies for utilization of data from censuses conducted during the 2020 round.

For more information, please refer to the website:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/cwp2010/docs.htm

Contact: Margaret Mbogoni, Tel. +1 212 963 7845, E-mail: mbogoni@un.org


Training for trainers on Energy Statistics and Balances in the Arab region,
Muscat, Oman, 9-13 March 2014

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training for trainers on Energy Statistics and Balances in the Arab region on 9-13 March 2014 in Muscat, Oman. The training is organized in cooperation with the Statistical Center for the Cooperation Council for the Arab countries of the Gulf (GCC Stat), the International Energy Agency and UNSD. The aim of the workshop is (a) to build capacity of experts in energy statistics to collect basic energy statistics and compile energy balances and (b) to review the links between energy statistics and energy accounts, energy efficiency indicators and CO2 emissions. UNSD staff will participate as a resource person in the training.

Contact: Ilaria Di Matteo, Tel. +1 212 963 8491, E-mail: dimatteo@un.org


February 2014

25th Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG indicators,
New York, 26-27 February 2014

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.

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


9th Regional JODI Training Workshop,
Baku, Azerbaijan, 25-27 February 2014

The International Energy Forum (IEF) in collaboration with the JODI partners APEC, Eurostat, IEA, OPEC, OLADE and UNSD is organizing the 9th Regional JODI Training Workshop on 25-27 February 2014 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Workshop aims to improve the quality and availability of monthly oil data and train participants in the collection and reporting of monthly gas data within the JODI programme. The work on gas data is especially important in light of the upcoming launch of the JODI-Gas database in May 2014. UNSD staff will participate as a resource person in the training.

Contact: Alexander Blackburn, Tel. +1 212 963 5822, E-mail: blackburna@un.org


January 2014

Data Managers Meeting,
New York, 22-24 January 2014

The Fourth 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.

Contact: Abdulla Gozalov, Tel. +1 212 963 4547, E-mail: gozalov@un.org