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Updated on 23 May, 2013
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The United Nations Statistical Commission at its 44th Session adopted the implementation strategy for the SEEA Central Framework and urged the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) to agree on a medium-term programme of work for the implementation of the SEEA. UNSD, in collaboration with CBD, EEA, Eurostat, FAO, IMF, OECD, UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank, is organizing a high-level International Conference “Global Implementation Programme for the SEEA” in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and broader measures of progress. The overall objectives are to facilitate the implementation and outreach of the SEEA and supporting statistics and to improve the scope, quality and detail of environmental-economic accounts and supporting statistics at the country level. The Conference will provide a forum for various stakeholders to discuss the SEEA implementation strategy and its links to policies. It is expected the outcome of the Conference would be formulated as recommendations to be presented to the UNCEEA and subsequently to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its next session in 2014.
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) is composed of representatives from national statistical offices and international agencies, and provides strategic vision and direction to environmental-economic accounting and related statistics. The Eighth UNCEEA meeting will discuss proposals leading to a medium-term programme of work for the UNCEEA, which would envisage two main streams of work: one focusing on the implementation of the SEEA Central Framework and the process to advance its research agenda; the second focusing on the testing and experimentation of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting and advancing the related research agenda. The meeting will also discuss the role of the UNCEEA in the process of the post-2015 development agenda, the SEEA communication strategy, emerging issues related to the SEEA, and be informed on the international initiatives on indicators and progress made in SEEA Agriculture and environment statistics.
The Workshop is part of a global series of workshops on data dissemination and communication, organized as part of a United Nations Development Account project. The purpose of the overall project is to provide 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 more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/Dissemination/workshops/Rio/default.html
The Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) has been established to assist the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) in resolving issues on the research agenda of the System of National Accounts (SNA), identifying emerging research issues, and assisting the ISWGNA in the review of the SNA implementation programme. The composition of the AEG reflects the global community representing all regions in the world and comprises 16 members (not including the five representatives of the members of the ISWGNA, Eurostat, IMF, OECD, UN and WB). The main purpose of the 8th AEG meeting is to consider guidance on issues related to the implementation of the SNA, such as: financial output, global production, delineation of head offices, holding companies and special purpose entities, pension entitlements, stability fees, treatment of freight and insurance in the 2008 SNA, and the SDMX initiative.
For more information, please refer to the website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/aeg/2013/m8-2.asp
Evidence shows that, despite some progress in a number of countries, many developing countries are still a long way from actually adjusting their supporting collections of economic statistics for implementing the System of National Accounts (SNA). The forty-fourth session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) requested the Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA), supporting countries and other regional organisations, to scale up coordination, advocacy and resources for the implementation of the SNA and supporting statistics at the national level where required. This seminar, which brings together the ISWGNA, the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) and representative from a number of countries with less developed statistical systems, aims to develop proposals for scaling up the effectiveness of the coordination and funding for the implementation of the SNA for consideration by the ISWGNA and to discuss practical issues related to the topics to be discussed by the AEG.
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising an Expert Group meeting on International Statistical Classifications on 13-15 May 2013 in New York. The objective of the meeting is to agree on priorities and work arrangements for international classifications work over the next years, to further work on the implementation of recently revised classifications in the International Family of Statistical Classifications, such as the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC), to review classifications currently under development and consider other issues relevant to the application and use of international standard classifications.
Workshop on Sharing Implementation Experiences of Water Accounts and Statistics for Better Policy Making in Southern African Countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe)
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in partnership with the Division of Sustainable Development (DSD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), and the World Bank are organizing a capacity development workshop on water accounts and statistics to be held in Mauritius in May 2013. The workshop is for participants from the National Statistics Offices and water or environment ministries or agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
Workshops on water accounts and statistics are organized by the UNSD in the context of the implementation strategy of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA-Water) adopted as an international standard by the United Nations Statistics Commission. On the other hand, the DSD is working with countries as follow-up to Rio+20, including capacity development in monitoring and accountability frameworks and mechanisms for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post 2015 agenda. The SEEA Central Framework is considered as one of the main foundation frameworks for supporting the development and tracking of the SDGs and post-2015 development indicators.
Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have initiated efforts for implementing the SEEA through initiatives from UNSD, SADC and the World Bank. They participated in a workshop held in South Africa in 2011. Seychelles is joining the group in order to, together with Mauritius, develop the implementation capacity suitable for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in preparation for the third International Conference on SIDS to be held in Apia, Samoa, in 2014, to which DSD is the Secretariat.
Contact: Ricardo Martinez-Lagunes, Tel. +1-917-367-2821, E-mail: email@example.com
The United Nations Statistics Division will co-organize, with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, African Development Bank, African Union Commission and UNFPA a Conference on Assessment of 2010 Round of Population and Housing Censuses in Africa that will take place in Pretoria, South Africa, 29 April - 1 May 2013. The Conference will aim at taking stock of the population and housing censuses in Africa in the period 2005-2014 and provide a regional input for a global assessment of the census round.
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP) are organizing jointly a capacity building workshop on gender statistics, in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Government of Japan. This regional workshop will take place in Chiba, Japan from 16 to 19 April 2013. The purpose of the workshop is to train national statisticians on the production and use of gender statistics, as well as discuss the newly developed UN manual: Manual for Integrating a Gender Perspective into Statistics.
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in cooperation with the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) is organizing a Workshop on International Statistical Classifications, primarily for CIS member countries. The Workshop will focus on the implementation of the recently revised activity and product classifications and will in particular: review the current implementation and use of national activity and product classifications and their relationship to the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC) in the region; provide information on methodological changes related to the application of the classification, such as outlined in the revised introductions; address implementation issues in connection with the revised classifications; discuss country experiences and case studies; and discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field of classifications, including coordination of work on regional/sub regional cooperation in classifications.
This workshop will provide training to participants on technologies used for data exchange and dissemination with the international level; and specifically with CountryData (data.un.org/countryData) a website for the dissemination of national development indicators. The training will mainly focus on Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) a technology which can be used to automate and standardize data and metadata exchange so that data are more timely and can be updated easily. The workshop will provide participants with an introduction to SDMX, followed up with practical examples for the exchange of national development indicators with a focus on specific key SDMX tools such as SDMX Registry and mapping tool.
As part of its programme on the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme, UNSD will participate in and contribute to the Seminar on Population and Housing Census Practices of the OIC Member Countries. The objective of the Seminar is to discuss lessons learnt and share national experiences in innovations and best practices in census taking for the 2010 round in the Member States of the OIC. The Seminar will also provide a discussion forum for the countries on the likely future of their censuses for the 2020 round and on ways to enhance future cooperation among the Member States in census taking.
The 44th session of the Statistical Commission is scheduled to be held at United Nations Headquarters, New York from 26 February to 1 March 2012. The opening session will take place at the Conference room 3
(Temporary North Lawn Building).
The 22nd and 23rd Meetings of Inter-agency and Expert Group on MDG Indicators (IAEG-MDGs) will be organized back to back on 20 and 21 February 2013 in New York. During the meetings, the outcomes of the debates on MDGs at the 67th session of the General Assembly as well as those of the Rio+20, will be reviewed. The participants will also discuss how to prepare the 2013 global MDG report and the work towards the final evaluation of MDGs in 2015, The meeting will be preceded by a half day meeting by the Task Team on Lessons learnt from MDG monitoring on 19 February 2013.
Seminar on Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (2008 SNA) and supporting statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region
The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the CARICOM Secretariat and the United Nations Economic Commission for Lain America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) is organizing a seminar on: Developing a programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics in the CARICOM region. The objective of the seminar is to assist participating Caribbean countries with initiating the formulation of a national strategy and implementation programme for the 2008 SNA and supporting socio-economic statistics with the objective of strengthening the national statistical system in support of improved policy making. It is expected that this initiative would lead to a multi-year statistical programme helping countries to change over to the 2008 SNA with a view to producing timely comparable national accounts statistics and short-term economic indicators which fully meets the user needs as well as complies with the international standards.
United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with China National Bureau of Statistics, is organizing an International Workshop on Population Projections using Census Data from 14 to 16 January 2013 in Beijing, China. The workshop aims to strengthen the technical capacity of National Statistical Offices of Asian countries to generate national population projections from census data. Twelve Asian countries are invited to participate in the workshop. The workshop will cover topics including assessing quality of census data; determining appropriate levels of fertility, mortality and migration; techniques on making national population projections. The International Workshop will be followed by a National workshop from 17 to18 January 2013, attended by representatives from provincial-level statistics offices in China. The National Workshop will focus on techniques for making sub-national and sectoral population projections.