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2 March 2015
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Friday Seminar on 

The development of an indicator framework for the post-2015 development agenda:
Towards a nationally owned monitoring system for the SDGs

27 February 2015,
10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Venue: Conference Room 1 (CB)
United Nations, New York

The Seminar is a part of a series of high-level seminars dedicated to topics of great relevance for the global statistical community, and organized by UNSD the Friday before the Statistical Commission session.

This year’s seminar will focus on the monitoring requirements for the new goals and targets of the post-2105 development agenda – the SDGs – from a national perspective. The seminar will provide a forum for both data producers and users from different areas to exchange views on how to deal with the new monitoring needs in an effective way and on how the national monitoring of the SDGs should be conducted, including by ensuring full national ownership of the process.

National statistical systems will be faced with significantly increased data requirements because of the wider scope of the new agenda and the increased needs for disaggregation at the sub-national level. The seminar will also offer statistical experts from national statistical offices, private sector and civil society an opportunity to discuss how to utilize traditional and innovate ways to meet the data demand for the monitoring of the SDGs.

All participants of the forthcoming Statistical Commissions are cordially invited. The seminar is also open to policy makers and experts from civil society, academia and the private sector. An interactive discussion is expected.

United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)
Programme agenda
Morning Session, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM:
Opening: Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, Director, UNSD/DESA
Panel 1: Designing an effective national monitoring framework for development decision making.
  Moderator: Mr. Walter Radermacher, Director General, EUROSTAT, European Commission, presentation
  a. Ms. Marcela Ordoñez, Minister Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Colombia to the United Nations
  b. Mr. Ben Paul Mungyereza, Executive Director, Bureau of Statistics, Uganda, background document , presentation
  c. Ms. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor of International Affair, The New School,
background document , presentation

Open discussion

  Coffee Break (11:30 – 11:50)
Panel 2: Towards a nationally owned monitoring system for the SDGs.
  Moderator: Ms. Diana Alarcón, Senior Economic Affairs Officer & Special Assistant to ASG for Economic Development, DESA
  a. Dr. Enrique Ordaz, Director-General of Analysis and research, National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Mexico, presentation
  b. Ms. Ola Awad, President, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), State of Palestine, presentation
  Open discussion
Afternoon Session, 3:00 – 5:00 PM:
Panel 3: Producing data for national SDGs monitoring.
  Moderator: Ms. Francesca Perucci, Chief, Statistical Services Branch, UNSD
  a. Mr. Roberto, Olinto Ramos, Director of Surveys, Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), Brazil, presentation
  b. Dr. Carmelle Terborgh, Lead Account Manager, Esri, presentation
  c. Mr. Dominique Habimana, Director of statistical methods, research and publication, National Institute of Statistics, Rwanda, presentation
  d. Mr. Pietro Bertazzi, Senior Manager - Policy and Government Affairs, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), presentation

Open discussion

Background document
Concept note