United Nations Statistical Commission

Overview   52nd Session (2021)   Side Events


Organizers of events will be responsible for all IT related issues, such as arranging the virtual platform to host their events, meeting invitations, liaising with participants for registration and technical issues during the event, etc. UNSD will be responsible only for publicizing events on a calendar via the website. Times listed are in New York, Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Side events

  (Provisional list as of 2 February 2021)

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9:00 - 11:00 am

Global Chat on the 52nd session preparations
Organizer: UNSD
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Understanding the Global Urban Monitoring Framework index
Organizer: UN-Habitat
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:45 am

Poverty, children, and public spending on the poor
Organizer: UNICEF
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:00 - 10:00 am

Annual meeting of the UNSD-FCDO project on SDG monitoring project countries
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Vibeke O. Nielsen (vibeke.nielsen@un.org)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Annual meeting of the advisory group of the UNSD-FCDO project on SDG monitoring
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Elena De Jesus (dejesuse@un.org)

9:00 - 10:00 am

Orientation Session for New Commission Participants
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person(s): Mr. Mark Illife (mark.iliffe@un.org) and Ms. Elena De Jesus (dejesuse@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

7:00 - 8:40 am

Annual meeting of the Global Network of Institutes for Statistical Training (GIST)
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Vibeke O. Nielsen (vibeke.nielsen@un.org)

8:00 - 9:15 am

Quality assurance and new data sources
Organizer: Expert Group on National Quality Assurance Frameworks
Contact person: Mr. Hong Pum Chung (chungh@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

11:00 - 2:30 pm

SIDS relevant climate change and disasters indicators: the Caribbean situation
Organizer: ECLAC
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:00 - 9:30 am

High-level event: Data Stewardship and the role of National Statistical Offices in the changing data landscape
Organizer: UNSD
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

7:00 - 8:15 am

Building a community to strengthen statistical training
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Vibeke O. Nielsen (vibeke.nielsen@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Innovations in household surveys - MICS Plus as a longitudinal realtime data collection tool
Organizer: UNICEF
Contact person: Tatjana Karaulac (tkaraulac@unicef.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Enhancing financing for development data - Progress and innovations for implementing the CTGAP
Organizer: HLG-PCCB, Bern Network on Financing Data for Development, and Switzerland
Contact person: Jurei Yada (jurei.yada@oecd.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

7:00 - 9:00 am

21st meeting of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building (HLG-PCCB) for statistics for the 2030 Agenda
Organizer: UNSD

8:00 - 9:15 am

Contribution of Citizen Science Data to SDG Monitoring
Organizer: UNCTAD
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link Flyer

9:00 - 10:30 am

The new Collaborative on use of administrative data for statistical purposes - taking a cross-cutting and practical approach for accelerated implementation
Organizer: UNSD, GPSDD
Contact person: Ms. Vibeke O. Nielsen (vibeke.nielsen@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

7:00 - 8:30 am

Continued efforts to provide evidence on SDG achievement in the COVID era
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Mr. Richard Tonkin (richard.tonkin@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:15 am

Data and metadata dissemination and a vision for UN data
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Mr. Hong Pum Chung (chungh@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

A modern conceptual framework for statistics on international migration and mobility
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Maria Isabel Cobos Hernandez (cobos@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:15 am

Inclusive Data Amid and Beyond COVID-19
Organizer: Inclusive Data Charter, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Contact person: Ms. Kate Richards (krichards@data4sdgs.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Working to improve timeliness and granularity of SDG data - progress made in the Data for Now initiative
Organizer: UNSD, GPSDD, SDSN-TReNDS and World Bank
Contact person: Ms. Vibeke O. Nielsen (vibeke.nielsen@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

3:00 - 4:45 pm

4th Round Table Meeting of Small Island Developing States
Organizer: PARIS21, UNOHRLLS, UNDESA, Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Pacific Community (SPC) and Caribbean Development Bank
Contact person: Susan Hodgson (susan.hodgson@oecd.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

12:00 - 1:30 am

Meeting of the Bureau members of ESCAP Committee on Statistics
Organizer: ESCAP
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link Flyer

9:00 - 11:00 am

Global Chat on the 52nd session preparations
Organizer: UNSD
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

7:00 - 8:30 am

Building partnership for better data for SDGs: Global Network of Data Officers and Statisticians
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Mr. Yuxi Zhang (yuxi.zhang@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:15 am

Bern 2021 and a forward look at the UN World Data Forum
Organizer: UNSD/Swiss Confederation (Federal Statistical Office)
Contact person: Ms. Faryal Ahmed (faryal.ahmed@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Overcoming the data gap on SDG 16: the new SDG16 Survey and other tools/approaches to accelerating data collection and reporting on SDG 16
Organizer: United Nations Development Programme United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Contact person: Mariana Neves (mariana.neves@undp.org) or (sdg16indicators@undp.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:00 - 9:00 am

Positioning Household Surveys for the Next Decade
Organizer: Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys
Contact person: Haoyi Chen (chen9@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:00 - 10:00 am

Towards the Global Set of Climate Change Statistics and Indicators
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Reena Shah (shahr@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:00 am

Real-time data at Covid-19's time, some practical experiences and results
Organizer: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Contact person: Francesca Massanello (Francesca.massanello@un.org
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

2nd Meeting of the UN Committee of Experts on Food Security, Agriculture and Rural Statistics (UNCEAG)
Organizer: FAO - INEGI Mexico

9:00 - 10:30 am

SNA communication strategy
Organizer: UNSD and ISWGNA
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 11:00 am

Misuse of statistics: time to speak out
Organizer: International Association for Official Statistics
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:15 am

Overlapping Disadvantage - Using Data Disaggregation to Support Marginalized Groups
Organizer: Inclusive Data Charter, UK Office for National Statistics, Colombia's National Administrative Department of Statistics, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Contact person: Ms. Kate Richards (krichards@data4sdgs.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

4:00 - 6:00 am

Interactive and digitally-enabled statistical standards and classifications
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Mr. Benson Sim (sna@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Using Big Data on the UN Global Platform
Organizer: UNSD
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Towards a Global Standard for Disaster-related Statistics
Organizer: UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) in collaboration with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and UNSD
Contact person: Mr. Rahul Sengupta (sengupta@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link Flyer

9:00 am

Meeting of the Committee on Agricultural Statistics of the International Statistical Institute
Organizer: Committee on Agricultural Statistics of the International Statistical Institute

9:00 - 10:30 am

Praia Group on Governance Statistics: 2020-2025
Organizer: Praia Group on Governance Statistics
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Modernization of Statistical Systems with GIS
Organizer: Esri
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:00 - 9:30 am

High-level event: The COVID-19 pandemic: How the data and statistical community stepped up to the new challenges
Organizer: UNSD
Contact Person: Mr. Luis Gerardo Gonzalez Morales (gonzalezmorales@un.org)
The Webex link to join this event will be provided to registered participants via email. The event will also be web streamed live via https://youtu.be/AZZHDnM_5NI.
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

3:00 - 4:00 am

Follow-up Meeting of the OIC Statistical Commission
Organizer: Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC)
Contact Person: Mr. Atilla KARAMAN (akaraman@sesric.org) and Ms. Nenden Octavarulia SHANTY (nshanty@sesric.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:30 - 11:00 am

CCS-UN meeting
Organizer: UNSD

9:00 -10:45 am

Implementing the 2020 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Organizer: UNSD
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Multidimensional Poverty Indices: An SDG Indicator, an Official Statistic, and a Policy Tool
Organizer: Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 11:00 am

From experimental ocean accounts to SEEA-Ocean
Organizer: United Nations ESCAP in collaboration with Canada, the Global Ocean Accounts Partnership, the World Bank, and UNSD
Contact person: Ms. Nalinrut Wongswangpanich (wongswangpanich@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link Flyer

9:00 - 10:30 am

How has COVID-19 changed the world for children? Launch of the UNICEF SDG data portal and COVID-19 hub
Organizer: UNICEF
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 11:00 am

Measuring Economic Globalization: Beyond Trade
Organizer: Asian Development Bank (ADB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
Contact person for registration: Ms. Samantha Cinco (scinco.consultant@adb.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 11:00 am

The SDGs Geospatial Roadmap
Organizer: UNSD, on behalf of the IAEG-SDGs WGGI
Contact person for registration: Mr. Mark Illife (mark.iliffe@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Leaving no one behind: Improving Statistics on Statelessness
Organizer: Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (EGRIS) Secretariat (hosted by UNHCR)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link Flyer

3:00 - 4:15 pm

The 50x2030 Initiative to Close the Agricultural Data Gap: Learning from partner country implementation to date
Organizer: 50x2030 Initiative
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:00 pm

The open data revolution: the power of open data for engaging the public with statistics that matter to them
Organizer: UNSD and ESCAP
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:30 - 11:00 am

CCSA Meeting
Organizer: UNSD

9:00 - 10:45 am

UN Legal Identity Agenda: Implementation during pandemic
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person: Mr. Predrag Savić (predrag.savic@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:15 am

Measuring Human Development Progress 30 Years after the Birth of HDI
Organizer: UNDP/HDRO
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

11:00 am

PARIS21 Executive Committee meeting
Organizer: PARIS21

9:00 - 10:30 am

Bringing Children Out from the Shadows: The urgent need to disaggregate and share data for children's well-being
Organizer: UNICEF and WHO
Contact person(s): Mark Hereward (mhereward@unicef.org) and Somnath Chatterji (chatterjis@who.int)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:00 - 10:30 am

Big Data and the SDGs - what is the way forward - an interactive exchange of views
Organizer: Statistics Denmark, Task Team on Big Data for the SDGs
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

9:15 - 10:30 am

The Great Debate: What Will Be the Hottest Agenda Topic at #UN82SC (the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2051)?
Organizer: P2-P3 Statistician community spanning UNSD and Regional Commissions
Contact person(s): Marcus Newbury (newbury@un.org), Pedro Farinas (farinas@un.org), and Alexander Loschky (loschky@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:00 - 9:30 am

Training in the Use of Big Data and Data Science
Organizer: UNSD
Contact person(s): Mr. Ronald Jansen (jansen1@un.org) or Mr. Ralf Becker (beckerr@un.org)
Concept note, Registration, and Meeting link

8:30 - 9:30 am

Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys member meeting
Organizer: Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys
Contact person: Ms. Haoyi Chen (chen9@un.org)

9:00 - 11:00 am

High-Level Discussion on Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism
Organizer: UNWTO

8:00 - 9:30 am

World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives – National Statistical Offices
Organizer: World Bank

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