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Description and objectives

In the field of population and housing censuses, UNECE promotes the implementation of the Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing. A population census, if carried out in the traditional way, is often the most complicated and expensive statistical operation that a country undertakes. The global cost of the 2010 round of censuses was estimated at USD 32 billion. All the same, population censuses represent the very foundation of statistical systems, providing baseline information for other statistics, and for planning public infrastructure and services.

The UNECE works with member countries to promote efficiency and innovation in census taking. Two expert meetings will be organised in 2012 to exchange experiences with the current census round and start revising the recommendations for the 2020 census round. Special attention will be paid to innovative methods for census-taking and, in particular, to the use of data from registers. UNECE will also organise a seminar on population censuses at the 2012 session of the Conference. The activities are carried out in close cooperation with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Eurostat. UNECE continues to participate in the international monitoring mission in preparation for the next population and housing census in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Meeting to be organized in 2012:

Expert Group Meeting on Register-based Censuses, Geneva, 22-23 May.
Group of Experts on Population Censuses, Geneva, 24-25 May.