1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the • Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the printed issues of the United Nations Demographic Yearbook and on the website.
• Continue to provide all the data reported to the Demographic Yearbook in electronic format via the UNData portal.
• Further develop the storage and retrieval system for maintaining the demographic database.
• The UNSD coordinates the collection of demographic statistics with the WHO, EUROSTAT, ILO and the Economic Commission for Europe in order to minimize the reporting burden on the national statistical services and to provide as wide a range of users as possible with access to demographic statistics shown in international statistical publications including the United Nations Demographic Yearbook.
• Continue the work on the analysis of statistical methodology applied for measuring international migration through censuses, sample surveys and administrative sources.
• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revised Demographic Yearbook questionnaire is put in place and initiated.
1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
• Development of methods to improve the collection and compilation of disability statistics through surveys and censuses. In particular, UNSD worked with the Washington Group on Disability Statistics in the developing of a small set of general disability measures, suitable for use in censuses.
1.7 Human settlements and housing (UN Statistics Division)
• The questionnaire on housing conditions collected by national housing censuses has been incorporated in the Demographic Yearbook regular collection mechanism. The first tabulations, posted by end of 2012, will be followed by a full set in 2013 in the form of the Compendium of Housing Statistics.
1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time use statistics
• Time-use statistics website (containing methods, publications and meeting documents) is regularly updated to include experiences of countries that have recently conducted time-use surveys. See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sconcerns/tuse/.
• The UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is under revision by a group of experts from national and international statistical offices that initially met in New York from 11 to 13 June 2012. Discussion among experts is still ongoing and the finalization of ICATUS is expected for 2013.
2. Economic Statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Coordinate and promote work on short term economic indicators that includes the development of handbooks such as:
• Business cycle composite indicators;
• Rapid estimates;
• Tendency surveys;
• Statistical guide for the short term indicator data template and metadata structure.
2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
• Contributes as a member of the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) to the international coordination, development and updating of the System of National Accounts (SNA), the internationally accepted statistical standard of the national accounts. The System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) is the latest version of the SNA.
• Serves as the Secretariat to the ISWGNA by providing logistical and administrative support to the research and implementation programme of the ISWGNA and the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG).
• Administers and maintains the website of the ISWGNA, which provides a platform for coordination and monitoring of the research and implementation programme for the SNA. It provides links to the work programmes of the ISWGNA members and the Regional Commissions and the progress on the research agenda of the SNA including the activities of the AEG. The website is available at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/default.asp.
• Drafts, publishes and disseminates the bi-annual ISWGNA newsletter "SNA News and Notes" in cooperation with the members of the ISWGNA. The newsletter contains information on developments in research issues relevant for the SNA and related international standards; clarifications, interpretations and changes in the SNA; country experiences in the SNA implementation as well as publications, meetings and seminars and other relevant information.
• Drafts in collaboration with the ISWGNA members, the annual ISWGNA report to the Statistical Commission which sets out the strategy and status of progress of statistical programme for the SNA in part based on country assessments of their scope and detail of implementation of the accounts of the SNA and their conceptual compliance with the SNA recommendations.
• Undertakes methodological research on issues on the international research agenda for the SNA in collaboration with the ISWGNA with a present priority on FISIM, globalisation-related issues, the recording of investment income of pension funds and investment funds, stability fees, measurement of land and non-financial assets and pension liabilities.
• Supports the implementation programme of the 2008 SNA by developing and updating supporting normative standards, training material and compilation guidance for the implementation of national accounts and supporting economic statistics.
• Delivers a statistical capacity building programme for the implementation of the 2008 SNA and supporting statistics through a series of regional and interregional workshops and seminar in collaboration with the Regional Commissions and regional agencies and through a limited number of individual country technical assistance missions.
• Collects and disseminates official annual national accounts statistics from countries and publishes them in the National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables. The data are also available electronically through the UNdata website at http://data.un.org/.
• Prepares national accounts estimates to complement the official national accounts statistics from countries to obtain consistent and complete time series and publishes them in the National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates.
• Maintains the National Accounts Main Aggregates Database which contains a complete and consistent set of time series from 1970 onwards of main national accounts aggregates and derived analytical indicators and ratios for more than 200 countries and territories. These data are available on the web at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/snaama/Introduction.asp.
• Provides services to the Committee for Contributions of the United Nations through research on the methodology of the scale of assessment (i.e. contributions to the United Nations by Member States), and the actual calculation of the scale of assessment. This also includes the provision of services to the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations in respect to the scale of assessment.
New methodological work
• Prepare a national accounts handbook on Financial production, flows and stock in the SNA.
• Develops guidelines on the requirements for the statistical production process of economic statistics and short term economic indicators to facilitate the implementation of the 2008 SNA.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on input-output tables.
2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• UNSD continues the collection, processing and dissemination of global industrial commodity production statistics and maintains the industrial commodity statistics database containing data for about 200 countries and areas and more than 600 commodities. Production data is being provided in physical quantities and monetary values.
• UNSD continues compilation and dissemination of Index Numbers of Industrial Production for countries, geographic regions and the world;
• Industrial statistics are published in UNSD's Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, in the UN Statistical Yearbook and in the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics. Industrial Commodity Statistics datasets and the General Industrial Statistics Dataset are available in electronic format.
New activities for 2013
• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.
• UNSD will conduct a global assessment of the maintenance and use of Business Registers.
2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.4.2 Energy (UN Statistics Division)
• UNSD continues to maintain the most comprehensive database of worldwide annual energy statistics (production, trade, stock changes, bunkers and consumption) covering more than 200 countries and areas and time series from 1950.
• UNSD continues to publish the Energy Statistics Yearbook and the Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles on an annual basis.
• UNSD continues to collect monthly oil and gas statistics through the JODI questionnaire together with the JODI partner organizations.
• UNSD continues its work on the advancement of methods concepts and definitions in energy statistics together with the Oslo Group on Energy Statistics and the Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics (InterEnerStat).
• UNSD continues to provide technical assistance to countries in the implementation of IRES through the organizations of training workshops.
Activities for 2013
• Preparation of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM), which provides practical guidance in the implementation of IRES, in close cooperation with the Oslo Group on Energy Statistics.
• Ongoing collection and dissemination of country practices in energy statistics.
• Organization of training workshops for developing countries.
• Revision of the UNSD Annual Energy Statistics Questionnaire to align it with the recommendations provided in IRES and harmonize it, to the extent possible, with the annual questionnaire of IEA/Eurostat/ECE.
• Update the UN Energy Statistics Database, including collection, processing and dissemination arrangements for both data and metadata according to the recommendations provided in IRES and in accordance with the revised questionnaire.
• Preparation of the JODI Gas Manual in support of the JODI monthly gas data collection.
• Further development of the energy statistics web-site.
2.4.4 Transport (UN Statistics Division)
• Compilation of statistical series on international maritime transport and registration of new motor vehicles for dissemination in the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (MBS) and the MBS Online; compilation of statistical series on civil aviation for dissemination in the UN Statistical Yearbook.
2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data.
• Developing an overarching framework for international trade statistics and economic globalization.
• Linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level
• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010).
• Maintenance of UN COMTRADE to provide high quality data and efficient public, governmental and international agency access.
• Production of analytical outputs, such as the Trade Statistics Yearbook.
• Coordination of international statistical work in the field of trade statistics (in co-operation with EUROSTAT, OECD, UNCTAD, FAO, WTO, WCO, the UN Regional Commissions and other international and regional organizations).
International Trade in services
• Development of the Compilers Guide for the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010.
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade).
• Developing an overarching framework for international trade statistics and economic globalization
Ongoing and new activities
• Conducting meetings of EG-CSITS for the development of the Compilers Guide for MSITS 2010.
• Contribute to the drafting of the compilation guide for IRTS 2008.
• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (MSITS 2010).
• Continuation of data collection activities on a worldwide basis in cooperation with other involved international organizations.
• Supporting the work of the Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services, including publishing the Newsletter of the Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services and maintaining its website.
3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
• Conclusion of the revision of UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES).
• Conclusion of the work on the Core Set of Environment Statistics.
• 2013 data collection on water and waste.
Priorities beyond 2013
• Advance the implementation of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES).
• Advance the implementation of the Core Set of Environment Statistics.
New methodological work
• Develop methodological guidance and training documents for the implementation of the FDES and the Core Set of Environment Statistics.
• Standing Expert Group on Environment Statistics to support methodological development.
• Meeting of the Standing Expert Group on Environment Statistics, New York, November 2013.
Ongoing methodological work
• Revision of the SEEA - With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the work will focus on the development and drafting of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Preparation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Energy.
• Development of promotion material for the SEEA, SEEA-Water and SEEA-Energy.
• Regional workshops and country visits.
• Organization and participation in events to promote the SEEA as the measurement framework for sustainable development and green economy leading up to Rio +20.
• Advance the strategy of the implementation of the SEEA in countries.
New methodological work
• Revision of the SEEA -Development and drafting of the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Knowldege base on environmental-economic accounts, including country practices.
• Implementation of the SEEA-Water in countries including preparation of compilers manual.
• The UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) was established by the UN Statistical Commission at its 36th session in March 2005. A revision of the mandate, governance and programme of work will be discussed by the Statistical Commission at its forty-first session.
The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
• Methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research
• Development of integrated databases.
• Implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building.
• Promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics.
• Formulation of a statistical response on emerging policy issues. An elaboration of the Committee's programme of work with outputs and deliverables is presented in a separate document.
Ongoing methodological work
• The main project of the UNCEEA is steering and managing the revision process of the SEEA with the focus on SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• The Committee, within its mandate, has an umbrella function in coordinating and providing vision, direction and prioritisation to ensure that existing groups work in complementary fashion, in particular with regard to the London Group on Environmental Accounts, the Expert Group on Ecosystem Accounts and the Oslo Group on Energy Statistics.
• The Committee has organized during its meetings discussions on different policy themes including green economy, resource productivity and efficiency, climate change, biodiversity, economics of ecosystem services.
• The Committee will work on the development of the strategic programme of implementation for the SEEA Central Framework, which has now been completed. It has until now focused its activities on developing an implementation programme for water accounts and statistics.
• To share best-practices, a web-based knowledge base platform has been set-up It features events and activities in the field of environmental-economic accounting and a searchable library of publications.
• The UNCEEA meets once a year in June; the Bureau meets on a regular basis by teleconference.
More information can be found at the UNCEEA website:
3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Dissemination of data on cities population through the website http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/City_Page.htm and through UN Data.
3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (UN Statistics Division)
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (UN Statistics Division)
• UNSD continues its work of reviewing methodologies used by countries in poverty mapping, highlighting good practices.
• UNSD serves as the secretariat for the Friends of the Chair group of the United Nations Statistical Commission on indicators on violence against women. The Friends of the Chair group developed a list of recommended statistical indicators to measure violence against women. Subsequently, in response to the request from the Friends of the Chair, UNSD has undertaken the preparation of the guidelines for producing statistics on violence against women. UNSD organized a consultative meeting in Beirut in November 2011 to review the draft guidelines. The guidelines have been finalized and will be published in 2013.
• UNSD maintains a website of Social Indicators which is updated twice a year. See also: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/socind/default.htm.
3.3.2 Gender and special population groups (UN Statistics Division)
• Following the recommendations of the 2006 Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), the Division has launched a Global Programme on Gender Statistics to promote advances in gender statistics at the global, regional and national levels through: 1) the strengthening of the collaboration among stakeholders, 2) the development and implementation of training activities and 3) the dissemination of selected gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern.
• The IAEG-GS at its six meeting held in 2012 established a new advisory group on emerging issues. The main objective of this new advisory group is to examine emerging and unaddressed existing key gender issues, identify data gaps and measurement problems, and develop strategies to address these issues in the development of gender statistics.
• A questionnaire on a global review of gender statistics was developed by the United Nations Statistics Division in consultation with the United Nations regional commissions, and finalized by a task team of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics. This questionnaire was used by the regional commissions to conduct a comprehensive review of gender statistics in national statistical systems in their respective regions. Main findings are available in the Secretary-General’s report on gender statistics that will be presented at the 44th session of the UN Statistical Commission in February 2013.
• The Statistics Division continues the preparation of the new manual on gender statistics, focusing on integrating a gender perspective in national statistics. The manual was tested in a regional workshop on gender statistics organized by UNSD and hosted by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in Kampala, from 4 to 7 December 2012. The manual will be finalized in 2013.
• UNSD in collaboration with UN Women is executing a new project on Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE), that seeks to accelerate existing efforts to generate comparable gender indicators on health, education, employment, entrepreneurship and assets. The project will be implemented from 2013 to 2015 and will focus on: (a) the development of a platform for international data and metadata compilation covering education, employment and health indicators; (b) the development of international definitions and methods for measuring entrepreneurship and assets ownership; and (c) testing the newly developed methods to collect data on entrepreneurship and assets in selected countries, by adding a set of questions/module to planned surveys.
• The next meeting of the IAEG-GS and first meeting of the advisory group on emerging issues are planned for 2013. The fifth Global Forum on Gender Statistics is scheduled to take place in 2014 in Mexico.
• A workshop on gender statistics is planned for the first half of 2013 for the Asian region.
• A workshop on the new Guidelines for Producing Statistics on Violence against Women is planned for the second half of 2013 (venue tbc).
Indicators related to the Millennium Development Goals
• The United Nations Statistics Division initiated its work on MDG monitoring in 2002, in its role as coordinator of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Millennium Development Goal (IAEG-MDG) indicators. The work has included the preparation of data and analysis to assess progress towards the MDGs, the technical development of the indicators, the development and maintenance of the MDG Indicator Database and a series of activities to improve the statistical capacity of countries for national MDG monitoring. Since 2005, the Division has also coordinated the work for the yearly production of the flagship publication, MDG Report, progress charts and MDGInfo.
• In 2013, the Division will produce the Millennium Development Goals Report 2013, presenting yearly assessment of global progress towards the achievement of MDGs.
• The Division continues to execute several multi-year statistical capacity-building projects covering a wide range of statistical areas, with special focus on data collection and dissemination of Millennium Development Goal indicators.
• The Division undertakes an analysis on the strengths and shortcomings of the current set of Millennium Development Goals indicators, under the auspices of a task team on lesson learned in Millennium Development Goals monitoring which was established by the IAEG-MDGs.
• The 22nd and 23rd meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in New York in February 2013.
• The 24th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in fall 2013 (venue tbc).
3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
• Brings together selected economic, social and environmental data produced by UNSD, other UN offices and agencies, international, national and specialized organizations for dissemination in the Statistical Yearbook (print), Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (print and Internet), World Statistics Pocketbook (print) and UNdata.
• UNSD will continue to develop a well-structured web-site to disseminate metadata and demographic and social statistics;
• Implement conclusions and recommendations of the Expert Group Meeting to Review the United Nations Demographic Yearbook system: for details please see http://unstats.un.or./unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/DYB_1103/docs/no_L4.pdf.
4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
4.1 Metadata (UN Statistics Division)
Sources and Definitions
• Continues to develop comprehensive standardized metadata on sources and definitions for the Millennium Development Goals Indicators database, to provide user-friendly public and agency access to authoritative metadata on sources and definitions for international statistics, available at: http://mdgs.un.org
• UNSD is finalizing the second edition of the Handbook on MDG Indicators, in both printed version and electronic version, in a wiki-type application. (See: http://mdgs.un.org).
4.2 Classifications (UN Statistics Division)
International economic and social classifications
• UNSD continues to maintain the Classifications Hotline which provides assistance to national statistical offices and others with regard to interpretation, structure and use of ISIC, CPC and the Classifications of Expenditure According to Purpose.
• UNSD continues to maintain the UN Classifications Website and Registry.
Activities for 2013
• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including correspondences to other versions of the classifications, as well as to other activity and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS.
• Preparation of other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of ISIC and CPC.
• Completion of the survey on use of national classifications and publishing it on the website.
• Review of the Classification for individual consumption according to purpose.
• Organize the biennial meeting of the Expert Group on international statistical classifications.
• Revision of BEC.
• Development of a classification of Business Functions
4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
4.3.1 Population and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and buildings (UN Statistics Division)
2010 Programme on Population and Housing Censuses
• Serving as the Secretariat of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, continued to coordinate global and regional activities aimed at achieving the goal of the 2010 World Programme to ensure that all countries and areas conduct a population and housing census at least once in the period 2005-2014. UNSD will continue updating the 2010 world programme resource center with information about census taking worldwide and technical documentation on census good practices. A free software, CensusInfo, is developed in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF to help countries disseminate their census results.
• Published the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 in print form in 2008 and on the web.
• Maintains the 2010 Census Knowledge Base - http://unstats.un.org/unsd/censuskb/.
• Maintains a website for the 2010 World Population and Housing Census Programme http://unstats.un.org//unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_PHC/default.htm.
• Published the Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure in Support of Census Activities in 2009.
• Published the Handbooks for Census Reports and Data Editing Rev. 1 in 2009.
• Published the Handbook on Measuring the Economically Active Population and Related Characteristics in Population Censuses, in collaboration with the ILO, in 2009.
• Published the technical report, Post-Enumeration Surveys: Operational Guidelines, in 2010.
• In 2013 UNSD will start two parallel and complimenting processes: evaluation of experiences in the 2010 round of Population and Housing censuses and preparing for the 2020 Round. The first set of activities refers to synthesizing lessons learnt in conducting population and housing censuses, including use of new technologies, methods and documented obstacles. The second set refers to initializing the work on the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses for the 2020 Round. In that context, UNSD is planning to organize two expert group meetings in 2013, as well as a series of regional consultative meetings.4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UN Statistics Division)
Statistical Business Register
• Compilation of country practices in establishing, maintenance and use statistical business register; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional commissions.
• Consultations with developing and transitional countries on use of administrative data and on statistical business register in order to begin preparation of a report on good practices in this area.4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey sources (UN Statistics Division)
Civil registration and vital statistics
Ongoing methodological work
• Disseminate widely and systematically the handbook series on the development and maintenance of civil registration and vital statistics systems. The following publications have been issued since 1998:
• Handbook on the collection of Fertility and mortality Data, Sales No. 03.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 2003.
• Handbook on Training in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, Sales No. E.02.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2002.
• Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2, Sales No. E. 01.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 2001.
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance, Sales No. E.98.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 1998.
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Preparation of a Legal Framework, Sales No. E. 98.XVII.7, United Nations, New York, 1998.
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Developing Information, Education and Communication, Sales No. E.98.XVII.4, United Nations, New York, 1998.
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Policies and Protocols for the Release and Archiving of Individual Records, Sales No. E.98.XVII.6, United Nations, New York, 1998.
• Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Computerization, Sales No. E.98.XVII.10, United Nations, New York, 1998.
• Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.
• UNSD will release the revision of the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System in 2013 and is planning to conduct several regional workshops in 2013 and subsequent years in order to offer training in the revised set of international standards for civil registration and vital statistics.
4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
• Maintains Internet access systems for its databases in international trade and national accounts, to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access.
• Maintains processing systems and is preparing Internet access systems for its databases in energy, environment and industrial commodities to provide more efficient public, governmental and international agency access.
• Maintains MDG Indicators Database, including detailed cell-level and indicator-level metadata and other reference material for use by the general public and government agencies who need references for their national MDG monitoring exercise.
• Maintains UNdata and provides free access to databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.
5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
• Collaborates with IMF, Eurostat, BIS, OECD and World Bank on the development of XML data and metadata exchange standards.
• UNSD has fully developed data structure for MDG Indicators, now being used for data and metadata exchange among some of the agencies involved in the MDG monitoring. Training is also being provided to some groups of countries who have expressed the interest in adopting the platform for MDG data exchange.
5.6 Co-ordination of international statistical work (UN Statistics Division)
Secretariat to the UN Statistical Commission and the Committee on Coordination of Statistical Activities
Secretariat to the UN Statistical Commission and the Committee on Coordination of Statistical Activities
• Coordination of intergovernmental and inter-agency meetings in statistics, serving as secretariat to the UN Statistical Commission and the Committee on Coordination of Statistical Activities. See also: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/commission.htm and http://unstats.un.org/unsd/workpartner_ccsa.htm.
Facilitator of City Groups
• UNSD is facilitating the work of so-called 'city groups', in order to address issues identified by the Statistical Commission as critical problems. UNSD will continue to encourage countries to actively participate in the discussions of the various groups. It will also disseminate information on the groups and their activities widely. Detailed information on the groups and their activities is available at UN Web page. See also: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/citygroup/index.htm.
New Work to be undertaken in 2013
• The Statistical Commission in its forty-third session proposed the establishment of a ‘Friends of the Chair’ group on the coordination of statistical activities in the United Nations system. The group is composed of representatives of twelve Member States and four international organizations.
• The Friends of the Chair group will consider the following issues in 2013 (as well as 2014):
• The priority areas that require coordination and the outcomes desired by Member States.
• Options for implementation of coordination within these areas and the mechanism;
• Reporting back to the Statistical Commission at its forty-fourth and forty-fifth session in 2013 and 2014 on these matters.
5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
• The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical and geospatial information capacity of developing countries, particularly the least developed countries, and of countries with economies in transition to routinely collect, compile, store, analyze and disseminate official statistics and indicators in the economic, social, demographic and environment fields to produce quality data, including data disaggregated by sex, as well as geospatial information, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.
• The strategy used by the Division to deliver its capacity-building programme takes the form of (i) training and other initiatives to transfer knowledge and develop the capacity of statisticians, such as workshops and fellowships (study visits); (ii) advisory services, provided by the inter-regional advisors and short-term experts, both staff members and consultants, as resource persons and trainers; and (iii) projects to promote capacity development in a specific region or statistical domain. The capacity building activities conform with the mandated responsibilities of the Division, falling in the following substantive areas: (i) the 2010 round of the World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses, including census data analysis and dissemination; (ii) management aspects of national statistical systems, specifically on data management and dissemination, notably of the Millennium Development Goals indicators; (iii) gender statistics; (iv) basic economic statistics, such as international merchandise trade statistics, international trade in services, tourism, energy and industrial statistics, in relation to the national accounts; (v) environment statistics and environmental-economic accounting, especially for Water Accounts and in relation to the Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA); and (vi) geospatial information management.
• The main task within the domain of the 2010 round of the World Programme on Population and Housing Censuses will be to continue to assist Member States which have already had a census with the data analysis and dissemination of census results and the rest, which have planned to have a population and housing census by the end of the current round with its conduct. A new three-year project - Evidence and Data for Gender Equality (EDGE), executed jointly with the UN Women, will accelerate existing efforts to generate comparable gender indicators on health, education, employment, entrepreneurship and assets. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA), ii) implementation of the revised recommendations in areas of industrial statistics and indices, energy statistics, international classifications, international trade statistics, and tourism statistics; and iii) implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Indicators (FDES) and the Core Set of Environment Statistics and the Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and SEEA-Water. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators by reconciling differences between national and international MDGs data sets and filling existing data gaps. Through its regular programme and the donor funded projects UNSD will continue to assist developing countries with capacity development trainings in the areas of MDG indicators, and monitoring of MDGs particularly in view of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals and the post 2015 agenda. The Division is also increasingly providing capacity-building support to member States in the area of geospatial information.