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Inter-sessional activities


High-Level Political Forum: How far have we come on the SDGs? Implementing the 2030 Agenda for resilient societies, New York (9 July 2018)

On 9 July 2018, the High-level Political Forum opened. USG Mr. Liu presented a global snapshot of progress made towards the 17 Goals and remaining gaps by highlighting the findings of the Sustainable Development Report 2018. UNSD organized the morning session, entitled "implementing the 2030 Agenda for resilient societies" which focused on reviewing the progress in achieving the SDGs and better data for sustainable development. The speakers included the ASG of UN Women, a member of a national planning commission from Ghana, statisticians from Ireland, the USA, and Jamaica, as well as the Chair of the Statistical Commission, Mr. Zachary Mwangi from Kenya, and representatives from NGO Major Group and civil society. The first subsession highlighted the importance of data for reviewing progress toward the 2030 Agenda, with special focus on national and sectoral experiences. The second subsession stressed the importance of better data for sustainable development, and the need to secure sustainable financial resources to be able to strengthen national statistical systems to meet the demands of the agenda. The session generated rich discussions on the need for better data for sustainable development.


Interactive roundtable: The contribution of functional commissions, New York (2 July 2018)

On 2 July 2018, ECOSOC hosted a round table of several Chairs and Vice-Chairs of its functional commissions, intended to feed into the 2018 HLPF. This event took place as part of the Coordination and Management Meeting of ECOSOC. The Statistical Commission was represented by Mr. Julio A. Santaella, Vice-Chair of the Statistical Commission and President of Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) of Mexico. Mr. Santaella elaborated on the contribution of the Statistical Commission's work during its last session to the review of the SDGs that will be discussed during the 2018 HLPF thematic reviews. Mr. Santaella described the cross-cutting issues the Statistical Commission has addressed including the incorporation of a gender dimension into all areas of statistics; as well as its collaborative work with other commissions.


Economic and Social Council Coordination and Management Meeting, New York (12 June 2018)




The Chair of the Statistical Commission, Mr. Zachary Mwangi Chege (Kenya), presented the report on the 49th session (held in NY from 6 to 9 March 2018) to the Economic and Social Council. Connected from Nairobi via video link, Mr. Mwangi talked about the highlights of the discussion, and the conclusions and decisions contained in the report. The Council took note of the final report, which is available in all six UN languages at https://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/49th-session/, decided that the fiftieth session of the Commission shall be held in New York from 5 to 8 March 2019, and approved the provisional agenda and documentation as set in Chapter I of the report.


Photo Attribution: "UNSD/SW"





High-level Meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF), New York (21 - 22 May 2018)

The Chair of the Statistical Commission, Mr. Zachary Mwangi Chege (Kenya), participated in the High-level meeting of the Development Cooperation Forum. Mr. Mwangi was a panellist in the session "Bridging capacity gaps and facilitating technology development and transfer in strategic areas", together with Ms. Shamsad Akhtar, Executive Secretary of ESCAP, Mr. Richard Watts, Senior Analyst of Development Initiatives, and Mr. Steve Hollingworth, President and CEO of Grameen Foundation. During the panel discussion, the Chair highlighted the great demand for quality, accurate, open, timely, sufficiently disaggregated data and statistics to fully implement and monitor progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.


Photo Attribution: "UNSD/MICH"

Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, New York (18 May 2018)

Mr. Zachary Mwangi Chege (Kenya), Chair of the Statistical Commission and Director General of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics was at UN Headquarters to fulfil the mandate given to the Bureau to continuously engage and advise on the statistical aspects of the proposed draft for global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (GCM). The GCM, to be adopted in December 2018, just completed its fourth round of negotiations last Friday, 18 May 2018. The GCM is expected to be the first negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations, to address all dimensions of international migration in a holistic manner.

The Chair addressed the co-facilitators of the negotiation process, the Ambassadors of Mexico and Switzerland with specific recommendations and suggested language to the GCM, on objective 1 "Collect and utilize accurate and disaggregated data as a basis for evidence-based policies" and called for coordinated efforts on data and statistics, while building upon existing initiatives and mechanisms. The proposed changes from the Bureau of the Statistical Commission were detailed in a statement delivered from the floor during the intergovernmental negotiations by the Chair of the Commission, Mr. Zachary Mwangi, and were supported by the delegate from Switzerland.


Photo Attribution: "UNSD/HC"

11th meeting of the High-level Group on Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building (HLG-PCCB) for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (9-10 May 2018) and Meeting on Financing Mechanisms for Statistics (8 May 2018)

Mr. Zachary Mwangi Chege (Kenya), Chair of the Statistical Commission, travelled to Rabat, Morocco to participate 11th meeting of the HLG-PCCB and a one-day meeting on collaboration efforts and financing for statistics. He took part in the discussions on aspects of the second UN World Data Forum to take place later this year in Dubai. The side event dealt with better collaboration efforts of the various actors working to support the national statistical systems and explored in depth support financing and funding mechanisms.


Joint Dialogue of the President of ECOSOC with Bureaus of Functional Commissions and Expert Groups, 2 February 2018

Mr. Zachary Mwangi Chege (Kenya), Vice-Chair of the Statistical Commission, participated via video link in the ECOSOC Dialogue with Functional Commissions and Expert Groups (2 February 2018). In his intervention, Mr. Mwangi highlighted the leadership role of the Statistical Commission and the global statistical system to provide the best available data and statistics for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.


Photo Attribution: "UNSD/SW"

Ms. Aija Zigure (Latvia), Rapporteur of the Statistical Commission, participated in special event on drug statistics during the reconvened 60th session of the Commission for Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, 7 December 2017


Photo Attribution: "H.E. Ambassador Bente Angell-Hansen" by sgb unodc - Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Letter exchange between the chair of the Statistical Commission and the Chair of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (October - November 2017)

Ms. Aija Zigure (Latvia), Rapporteur of the Statistical Commission, participated in a Roundtable Discussion on Gender Perspectives in the Work of ECOSOC Functional Commissions in New York, 7 July 2017. (Flyer)

Ms. Wasmalia Bivar (Brazil), Chair of the Statistical Commission addressed the ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting, 7 June 2017. The transcript of the speech is available in English and Spanish.

In the same meeting, the Economic and Social Council adopted the global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (see Report).



Ms. Wasmalia Bivar (Brazil), Chair of the Statistical Commission addressed the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues - 16th session, 4 May 2017. The transcript of the speech is available in English and Spanish.



Video message by Mr. Georges-Simon Ulrich (Switzerland), Vice-Chair of the Statistical Commission, addressed the 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Vienna, 13-17 March 2017. The transcript of the video message is available here.



Ms. Aija Zigure (Latvia), Rapporteur of the Statistical Commission participated in an interactive expert panel on "Enhancing availability and use of data and gender statistics to support accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" during the 61st Session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61), 13-24 March 2017 (Ms. Aija Zigure starts at the 37th minute)


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