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United Nations Statistics Division

1. Demographic and= social statistics (UN Statistics Division)
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1.1 Population and= migration
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Demographic Yearbook

=E2=80=A2 Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in = the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
=E2=80=A2 Further devel= op the storage and retrieval system for maintaining the demographic databas= e.
=E2=80=A2 The UNSD coordinates the collection of demographic stati= stics with the WHO, EUROSTAT, ILO and the Economic Commission for Europe in= order to minimize the reporting burden on the national statistical service= s and to provide as wide a range of users as possible with access to demogr= aphic statistics shown in international statistical publications including = the United Nations Demographic Yearbook.

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Migration Statistics

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=E2=80=A2 Finalize technical report on measuring international migration= through censuses and sample surveys.
=E2=80=A2 Develop case study re= ports on models for estimating migration flows and stock from various sourc= es.
=E2=80=A2 Conduct training workshop on measuring international mi= gration through population censuses.
=E2=80=A2 Migrant stock data tha= t were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Q= uestionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.
=E2=80=A2 Revise= the DYB questionnaire for collecting data on international migrant flows a= nd restart the annual data collection thereafter.

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1.4 Health
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Disability Statistics

Ongoing methodological work:

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=E2=80=A2 Development of methods to improve the collection and compilati= on of disability statistics through surveys and censuses. In particular, UN= SD worked with the Washington Group on Disability Statistics in developing = of a small set(s) of general disability measures, suitable for use in censu= ses. In addition, currently involved in the development of an expanded set = of measures suited for use in sample-based national surveys, or other stati= stical formats. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods= /citygroup/washington.htm for more information.

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Data collection:

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=E2=80=A2 The questionnaire on Human Functioning and Disability statisti= cs was sent to countries for completion as part of the regular DYB data col= lection system. The results have since been analysed.
=E2=80=A2 Disab= ility statistics has been collected on ad hoc basis and stored in the Disab= ility Statistics database version 2 (DISTAT-2). Excerpts from DISTAT-2 were= posted on the internet in mid-2001. See: http://unst= ats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sconcerns/disability/ for more information<= br /> =E2=80=A2 Questions on disability, asked in censuses worldwide from 1= 995 to 2004 have been posted on the UNSD website. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sconcerns/disabil= ity/disabmethods.aspx

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1.7 Human sett= lements and housing
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Demographic Yearb= ook
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Ongoing work:

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=E2=80=A2 UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. = The questionnaire is currently implemented (from the IT side) and will be c= irculated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009.

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1.11 Time use
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Time-use statistics

=E2=80=A2 A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid an= d Unpaid work, was published in 2005;
=E2=80=A2 Time-use statistics w= ebsite (containing methods, publications and meeting documents) will be upd= ated to include experiences of countries that have recently conducted time-= use surveys. See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sc= oncerns/tuse/ ;
=E2=80=A2 Time-use statistics showing sex differe= nces in the use of time will be compiled in 2009 for dissemination in 2010;=
=E2=80=A2 The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Tr= ial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICA= TUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=3D231&a= mp;Lg=3D1

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2. Economic Statistics (UN= Statistics Division)
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2.2 Economic accounts
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Ongoing methodological work:

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=E2=80=A2 Updating the 1993 SNA in collaboration with the Intersecretari= at Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) and supported by an Advisory= Expert Group according to the established work programme for 2003-2009; =E2=80=A2 Preparation of SNA data and conceptual assessments and analys= is based on the UNSD national accounts database;
=E2=80=A2 In coopera= tion with the ISWGNA, ECLAC and INEGI Mexico, UNSD edits, publishes and dis= seminates worldwide the printed bi-annual ISWGNA newsletter "SNA News = and Notes" in four languages. Also the electronic formats of English, = French, Russian and Spanish versions are posted on the UNSD website. The ne= wsletter contains information on developments in research issues relevant f= or the SNA and related international standards; clarifications, interpretat= ions and changes in the SNA; country experiences in the SNA implementation = as well as publications, meetings and seminars and other relevant informati= on;
=E2=80=A2 Serving as a secretariat to the ISWGNA (Eurostat, OECD,= IMF, United Nations and World Bank) aiming at the coordination of multilat= eral efforts to support the implementation of the SNA;
=E2=80=A2 Prov= ide services to the Committee for Contributions of the United Nations inclu= ding studying new proposals for the methodology in the scale of assessment,= and the actual calculation of the scale of assessment. This also includes = the provision of services to the Fifth Committee of the United Nations in r= espect to the methodology and the scale of assessment;

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New methodological work:

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=E2=80=A2 Prepare an update of the handbook on Accounting for production= : Sources and methods;
=E2=80=A2 Prepare a handbook on Financial prod= uction, flows and stocks in the SNA (in cooperation with the ECB);
= =E2=80=A2 Coordinate the work on integrated economic statistics;
=E2= =80=A2 Develop long-term research agenda for the SNA in collaboration with = the ISWGNA.

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Industrial Statistics=
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=E2=80=A2 Further development of the industry statistics web-site;
= =E2=80=A2 Investigation of possibilities of data transfer from EUROSTAT on= industrial commodity production statistics to avoid duplications in data c= ollection;
=E2=80=A2 Revision of the Manual on International Recommen= dations on Industrial Statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Revision of the Manual on= Index Numbers of Industrial Production;
=E2=80=A2 UNSD continues the= collection, processing and dissemination of global industrial commodity pr= oduction statistics and maintains the industrial commodity statistics datab= ase containing data for about 200 countries and areas and more than 600 com= modities. A revised UN List of Industrial products has been developed. Data= collection based on this new list is now in progress. Production data is b= eing provided in physical quantities and for the first time in monetary val= ues. First publication on this basis is scheduled for release in 2007. UNSD= continues the compilation and publication of index numbers of industrial p= roduction;
=E2=80=A2 UNSD continues compilation and dissemination of = Index Numbers of Industrial Production for countries, geographic regions an= d the world;
=E2=80=A2 Industrial statistics are published in UNSD's = Industrial Commodity Statistics Yearbook, in the UN Statistical Yearbook an= d in the Monthly Bulletin of Statistics. Industrial Commodity Statistics da= tasets and the General Industrial Statistics Dataset are available in elect= ronic format;
=E2=80=A2 Conduct of regional workshop on manufacturing= statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on Industri= al Statistics.

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Distributive Trade Statistic= s

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Priority objectives:

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=E2=80=A2 Implementation of International Recommendations on Distributiv= e Trade Statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Organizing two workshops on good practi= ces in compilation of Distributive Trade Statistics.

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Ongoing and new activities:

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=E2=80=A2 Further development of the UNSD website on distributive trade = statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Data and metadata exchange with OECD and EUROST= AT on distributive trade statistics to avoid duplications in data and metad= ata collection;
=E2=80=A2 Drafting of DTS Compilers Manual;
=E2= =80=A2 Compilation of country practices on Distributive Trade Statistics; =E2=80=A2 Drafting a handbook on good practices in compilation of dist= ributive trade indices.

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2.4.2 Energy
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UNSD maintains responsibility for the production of global energy statis= tics data collection as well as the methodological development on energy st= atistics. UNSD maintains the most comprehensive database of worldwide energ= y statistics (production, trade, stock changes, bunkers and consumption) co= vering more than 200 countries and areas and time series from 1950. There i= s a close cooperation between UNSD and IEA/OECD, reducing the data collecti= on burden. UNSD publishes the Energy Statistics Yearbook and the biennial E= nergy Balances and Electricity Profiles
UNSD maintains the internatio= nal standards for energy statistics methodology - the energy statistics man= uals are under revision.
UNSD supports regional capacity building thr= ough training energy statisticians in developing countries.

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Priority objectives:

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=E2=80=A2 Coordination of preparation of draft International Recommendat= ions for Energy Statistics (IRES);
=E2=80=A2 Preparation of the UN En= ergy statistics database for on online access;
=E2=80=A2 Organizing t= raining workshops for developing countries;
=E2=80=A2 Coordination an= d harmonization of the development on oil statistics in co-operation with A= PEC, EUROSTAT, IEA/OECD, OLADE and OPEC.

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Ongoing work:

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=E2=80=A2 Preparation of draft outline of IRES; review of inputs and pre= paration of integrated drafts;
=E2=80=A2 Conducting a worldwide consu= ltation on scope and content of IRES;
=E2=80=A2 Development of the UN= Energy Statistics Database including review of the existing data series as= well as collection, processing and dissemination arrangements for both dat= a and metadata;
=E2=80=A2 Working on improving transparency of oil st= atistics in collaboration with other international organizations active in = this area (APERC, Eurostat, IAE/OECD, OLADE, OPEC and IEFS);
=E2=80= =A2 Participation in the work of the Oslo group on energy statistics and th= e Intersecretariat working group on energy statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Prep= aration of a report on the current state of the energy statistics programme= in the countries based on results of Global Assessment conducted in 2007;<= br /> =E2=80=A2 Supporting regional capacity building through training ener= gy statisticians in developing countries;
=E2=80=A2 Further developme= nt of the energy statistics web-site.

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2.4.4 Transport
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Ongoing work:

Compilation of statistical series on international maritime transport an= d registration of new motor vehicles for dissemination in the Monthly Bulle= tin of Statistics (MBS) and the MBS Online; compilation of statistical seri= es on civil aviation for dissemination in both the MBS and the UN Statistic= al Yearbook.

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2.6 Internatio= nal trade and balance of payments
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International Merch= andise Trade
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Priority objectives:

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=E2=80=A2 Organisation of the revision of International Merchandise Trad= e Statistics: Concepts and Definitions including a worldwide consultation o= n key issues;
=E2=80=A2 Further enhancements of the UN Comtrade datab= ase;
=E2=80=A2 Implementation of the 2007 edition of the Harmonized S= ystem and SITC, Rev.4.

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Ongoing work:

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=E2=80=A2 Organisation of a worldwide consultation on the key issues rel= evant to IMTS, Rev.2 revision process; done in cooperation with the UN Expe= rt Group on IMTS and the Interagency Task Force on IMTS;
=E2=80=A2 Co= ntinuation of work on UN COMTRADE to provide more efficient public, governm= ental and international agency access;
=E2=80=A2 Coordination of inte= rnational statistical work in the field of trade statistics (in co-operatio= n with ECE, EUROSTAT, OECD, UNCTAD, FAO and other international organizatio= ns);
=E2=80=A2 UNSD and OECD will continue their cooperative efforts = to further improve their data collection and data processing procedures bas= ed on the previously adopted common standards;
=E2=80=A2 Assisting de= veloping countries in the identification of good data compilation practices= .

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International Trade = in Services
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Priority objectives:

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=E2=80=A2 Revision of the Manual on Statistic of International Trade in = Services (as part of TFSITS);
=E2=80=A2 Enhancement of the UN databas= e on international trade in services (UN Service Trade);
=E2=80=A2 Or= ganization of a workshop on statistics of international trade in services f= or developing and transitional countries.
Ongoing and new activities:=
=E2=80=A2 UNSD will continue to be a member of the Interagency Task-= Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services and will contribute = to the revision of the Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Servi= ces;
=E2=80=A2 UNSD will continue to publish the Newsletter of the In= teragency Task Force on Statistics of International Trade in Services and m= aintain its website;
=E2=80=A2 Continuation of data collection activi= ties on a worldwide basis in cooperation with other involved international = organizations.

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3. Environment and multi-d= omain statistics (UN Statistics Division)
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Environ= mental Statistics
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Overall goal:

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Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of en= vironmental data through:
=E2=80=A2 Regular revision of the UNSD/UNEP= questionnaire;
=E2=80=A2 Development of methodological manuals for d= ata compilation;
=E2=80=A2 Providing training and advisory services t= o countries and regions, and
=E2=80=A2 Harmonizing international data= collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working = Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV).

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Ongoing work:

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=E2=80=A2 Finalization of the 2008 data collection cycle;
=E2=80= =A2 Finalization of the International Recommendations for Water Statistics;=
=E2=80=A2 Data collection and compilation guidance for water statist= ics;
=E2=80=A2 Continuation of a global survey on the state of the ar= t of national environment statistics, focusing on air pollution, GHG emissi= on and climate change statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Regular publication of th= e ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website = continues;(http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm)
=E2=80=A2 Finalization of the revision of the Glossary of Environ= ment Statistics and the publication of the revised Glossary under the aegis= of the IWG-ENV;
=E2=80=A2 Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat= Working Group on Environment Statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Preparation for r= egional training and capacity building projects with a focus on African cou= ntries (with UNEP);
=E2=80=A2 Workshop on environment statistics for = the EECCA and Balkan countries (with ECE);
=E2=80=A2 Workshop on envi= ronment statistics for the Caribbean countries (with CARICOM);
=E2=80= =A2 Expert Group Meeting on Environment Statistics.

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=E2=80=A2 Production of international recommendations and data compilati= on manuals on environment statistics and increased capacity building in cou= ntries and regions;
=E2=80=A2 Firm establishment of the regular colle= ction and dissemination of environment statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Close co= llaboration with international and regional organisations to harmonize inte= rnational data collection and dissemination efforts.

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New activities:

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=E2=80=A2 Work on a programme for climate change statistics

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Environme= ntal Accounts
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On-going methodological work:

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=E2=80=A2 Revision of the SEEA - contribution to the revision process in= particular by addressing the issues on the classification of physical flow= s and waste, the definition and classification of assets, and issues relate= d to energy, air emission and water accounts;
=E2=80=A2 Finalization = of the International Recommendations on Water Statistics;
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Other activities

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=E2=80=A2 Archive of publications on environmetal-economic accounting, i= ncluding country practices
=E2=80=A2 SEEA News and Notes
=E2=80= =A2 Implementation of the SEEA-Water in countries

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=E2=80=A2 The UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounti= ng (UNCEEA) was established by the UN Statistical Commission at its 36th se= ssion in March 2005. A revision of the mandate, governance and programme of= work will be discussed by the Statistical Commission at its forty-first se= ssion.

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Priority objectives:

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The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative sta= tistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated = databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting an= d environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promo= tion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
= (f) formulation of a statistical response on emerging policy issues. An el= aboration of the Committee's programme of work with outputs and deliverable= s is presented in a separate document.

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=E2=80=A2 The UNCEEA will submit to the Statistical Commission at its fo= rty-first session a detailed programme of work;
=E2=80=A2 The main pr= oject of the UNCEEA is steering and managing the revision process of the SE= EA;
=E2=80=A2 The Committee, within its mandate, has an umbrella func= tion in coordinating and providing vision, direction and prioritisation to = ensure that existing groups work in complementary fashion;
=E2=80=A2 = The Committee has organized during its meetings discussions on different po= licy themes including climate change, green economy, resource productivity = and efficiency, economics of ecosystem services and water communities;
=E2=80=A2 To share best-practices, a web-based knowledge base platform ha= s been set-up It features events and activities in the field of environment= al-economic accounting and a searchable archive of publications.

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Meetings:

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The UNCEEA meets once a year; the Bureau meets on a regular basis by tel= econference.
More information can be found at the UNCEEA website:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/

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3.2 = Regional and small area statistics
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City Statistics

=E2=80=A2 Dissemination of data on cities population through the website= http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sconce= rns/densurb/urban.aspx and through UN Data.

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3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting soci= al issues
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Poverty Statistics

=E2=80=A2 UNSD continues its work of reviewing methodologies used by cou= ntries in poverty mapping, highlighting good practices.

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Social Statistics

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=E2=80=A2 UNSD convened an expert group meeting in September 2008 on the= scope and content of social statistics, with the aim of seeking inputs tow= ards an international action plan to improve social statistics. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/= egm/social_stat_2008.htm
=E2=80=A2 UNSD serves as the secretariat= for the Friends of the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission = on Statistical Indicators on Violence against Women. The first report will = be submitted to the 40th session of the United Nations Statistical Commissi= on in February 2009.

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Social Indicators

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=E2=80=A2 UNSD maintains a website of Social Indicators which is updated= twice a year:
See also: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/m= ethods/poverty/default.htm .

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Gender Statistics

=E2=80=A2 Following the recommendations of the 2006 Inter-Agency and Exp= ert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), the Division has launched= a Global Programme on Gender Statistics to promote advances in gender stat= istics at the global, regional and national levels through: (1) the strengt= hening the collaboration among stakeholders, (2) the development and implem= entation of training activities and (3) the dissemination of selected gende= r statistics and indicators in key areas of concern. As part of the Program= me, the Division, in collaboration with various partners conducted the foll= owing activities:
=E2=80=A2 Inter-regional workshop on the Production= of Gender Statistics, held in New Delhi, India, 6-10 August 2007. See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demograph= ic/meetings/wshops/India%20Aug07/DOCLIST.htm
=E2=80=A2 Global For= um on Gender Statistics, held in Rome, Italy, 10-12 December 2007. See: http://unstats.un.o= rg/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.= htm
=E2=80=A2 Second annual meeting of the IAEG-GS, held in Rome,= Italy, 13 December 2007. See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gende= r_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm
=E2=80=A2 Establishment of = two advisory groups to provide guidance to UNSD on (1) gender statistics tr= aining and curricula development and (2) global gender indicators database.=
=E2=80=A2 Development and launch of Gender Info 2007 -a global datab= ase of gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern. See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/= genderinfo/default.htm
=E2=80=A2 A survey of gender statistics ac= tivities and training needs was conducted in 2008 among National Statistica= l Offices and relevant organizations at the regional and global levels. The= aim was to obtain information in order to better tailor UNSD's upcoming ac= tivities within the Global Programme on Gender Statistics. The results of t= he survey are being processed and analyzed, and a report completed in 2009.=
=E2=80=A2 UNSD continues to disseminate basic gender statistics and = indicators through its website: "Statistics and indicators on Women an= d Men" which is updated semi-annually.
See http:/= /unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/indwm

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Planned meetings:

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=E2=80=A2 The second Global Forum on Gender Statistics is being planned = for 26-28 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.
=E2=80=A2 The third annual me= eting of the IAEG-GS is being planned to take place on 29 January 2009 in A= ccra, Ghana.

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Sustainable development indicators

=E2=80=A2 UNSD contributes to the methodological development of the CSD = indicators of sustainable development and climate change indicators;
= =E2=80=A2 UNSD collaborates with UNEP and other concerned agencies of the U= N system, member of the IAEG sub-group on environment indicators, on compil= ing and reporting sustainable development indicators within the framework o= f the environment goal and targets of the Millennium Declaration.

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3.4 Ye= arbooks and similar compendia
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Compendia

=E2=80=A2 Brings together selected economic, social and environmental da= ta produced by UNSD, other UN offices and agencies, international, national= and specialized organizations for dissemination in the Statistical Yearboo= k (print), Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (print and Internet), World Stati= stics Pocketbook (print) and UNdata.

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Demographic Yearbook

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=E2=80=A2 UNSD will continue to develop a well-structured web-site to di= sseminate metadata and demographic and social statistics;
=E2=80=A2 I= mplement conclusions and recommendations of the Expert Group Meeting to Rev= iew the United Nations Demographic Yearbook system: for details please see = http:unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/DYB_1103/docs/no_L4.pdf. = See also: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/default.htm; in particular revise questionnaires to lessen response burden.

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4. Methodology of data col= lection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
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Sources and Definitions

=E2=80=A2 Continues to develop comprehensive standardized metadata on so= urces and definitions for the millennium development goals indicators datab= ase, to provide user-friendly public and agency access to authoritative met= adata on sources and definitions for international statistics.

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Harmonization of international economic and social classificatio= ns

=E2=80=A2 To continue the publication of a Classifications Newsletter; =E2=80=A2 To continue maintaining the UN Classifications Website and R= egistry;
=E2=80=A2 To develop complimentary tools and documentation f= or the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspo= ndences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activi= ty and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
=E2= =80=A2 To prepare the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
=E2=80=A2 To p= repare other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of= ISIC and CPC;
=E2=80=A2 Setup of an open discussion and knowledge fo= rum, supported by members of the Expert Group on International Economic and= Social Classifications in support of the implementation of ISIC and CPC; =E2=80=A2 To maintain the Classifications Hotline which provides assis= tance to national statistical offices and others with regard to interpretat= ion, structure and use of ISIC, CPC and the Classifications of Expenditure = According to Purpose;
=E2=80=A2 Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on= classifications;
=E2=80=A2 Conduct of two regional workshops to supp= ort the ISIC and CPC implementation.

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=E2=80=A2 To continue the publication of a Classifications Newsletter; =E2=80=A2 To continue maintaining the UN Classifications Website and R= egistry;
=E2=80=A2 To develop complimentary tools and documentation f= or the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and correspo= ndences to other versions of the classifications as well as to other activi= ty and product classifications such as NACE, CPA, PRODCOM and HS;
=E2= =80=A2 To prepare the Companion Guide to ISIC and CPC;
=E2=80=A2 To p= repare other training materials to facilitate the implementation and use of= ISIC and CPC;
=E2=80=A2 Setup of an open discussion forum, supported= by members of the Expert Group on International Economic and Social Classi= fications supporting the implementation of the ISIC and CPC;
=E2=80= =A2 Hosting of an Expert Group meeting on classifications;
=E2=80=A2 = Conduct of two regional workshops to support the ISIC and CPC implementatio= n.

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4.3.1 Po= pulation and housing censuses, registers of population, dwellings and build= ings
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2010 Programme on Population and Housing Censuses

=E2=80=A2 Serving as the Secretariat of the 2010 World Programme on Popu= lation and Housing Censuses, continued to coordinate global and regional ac= tivities aimed at achieving the goal of the 2010 World Programme to ensure = that all countries and areas conduct a population and housing census at lea= st once in the period 2005-2014.
In general, UNSD will continue updat= ing the 2010 world programme resource center with information about census = taking worldwide and technical documentation on census good practices, and = prepare e-training materials based on the 2007 -2008 workshops on census ca= rtography and the use of GIS. A free software, CensusInfo, will be develope= d with DevInfo, to help countries disseminate their census results.

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=E2=80=A2 Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population an= d Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it in print form in 2008 and on th= e web.
=E2=80=A2 Organized two Expert Group Meetings in New York: the= first on Contemporary Practices in Census Mapping and Use of Geographical = Information Systems , 29 May- 1 June 2007, and the second on the revision o= f the Handbook on GIS and Digital Mapping, 7-10 April 2008.
=E2=80=A2= Organized six sub-regional workshops on census management and mapping with= GIS in 2007 and 2008 (2 in Africa, 1 each for the SPC, ESCAP, Caribbean an= d Latin America regions).
=E2=80=A2 Organized four regional workshops= on data processing (data capture, data editing and quality assurance in 20= 08 (2 in Africa, 1 each for the ESCWA and ESCAP regions).
=E2=80=A2 D= eveloped the 2010 Census Knowledge Base -
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/censuskb= /
=E2=80=A2 Developed a website for the 2010 World Population and= Housing Census Programme http://unsta= ts.un.org//unsd/demographic/sources/census/2010_PHC/default.htm
= =E2=80=A2 Finalized the revision of the Handbook on GIS and Digital Mapping= . Editing is in progress on the "Handbook on Geospatial Infrastructure= in support of census activities".
=E2=80=A2 Work is in progress= on handbooks for census reports and data editing.
=E2=80=A2 UNSD is = finalizing the Handbook on Measuring the Economically Active Population and= Related Characteristics in Population Censuses, in collaboration with the = ILO, for release in 2009.

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4.3.2 Business and agricultural censu= ses and registers
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Economic Censuses and Surveys
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Priority objectives:

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=E2=80=A2 Compilation of country practices in economic censuses and surv= eys; the work will be done in cooperation with UNECE and other regional com= missions.

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=E2=80=A2 Consultations with developing and transitional countries on ec= onomic censuses and surveys in order to begin preparation of a report on go= od practices in this area.

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Statistical Business Registe= r

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Priority objectives:

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=E2=80=A2 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.
Ongoing work:
=E2= =80=A2 Consultations with developing and transitional countries on use of a= dministrative data and on statistical business register in order to begin p= reparation of a report on good practices in this area.

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4.3.3 Household surveys
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Guidelines for designing household= sample surveys
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Methodological work:

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A handbook on Designing Household Survey Samples: Practical Guideline is= ready for formatting and publication. A hands-on publication, that will as= sist countries in designing household surveys.

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4.3.5 Other administrative and non-survey= sources
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Civil registration and vital statistics
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Ongoing methodological work:

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Disseminate widely and systematically the handbook series on the develop= ment and maintenance of civil registration and vital statistics systems. Th= e following publications have been issued since 1998:
=E2=80=A2 Handb= ook on the collection of Fertility and mortality Data, Sales No. 03.XVII.11= , United Nations, New York, 2003;
=E2=80=A2 Handbook on Training in C= ivil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems, Sales No. E.02.XVII.10, Uni= ted Nations, New York, 2002;
=E2=80=A2 Principles and Recommendations= for a Vital Statistics System Revision 2, Sales No. E. 01.XVII.10, United = Nations, New York, 2001;
=E2=80=A2 Handbook on Civil Registration and= Vital Statistics Systems: Management, Operation and Maintenance, Sales No.= E.98.XVII.11, United Nations, New York, 1998;
=E2=80=A2 Handbook on = Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Preparation of a Legal Fra= mework, Sales No. E. 98.XVII.7, United Nations, New York, 1998;
=E2= =80=A2 Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems: Develop= ing Information, Education and Communication, Sales No. E.98.XVII.4, United= Nations, New York, 1998;
=E2=80=A2 Handbook on Civil Registration an= d Vital Statistics Systems: Policies and Protocols for the Release and Arch= iving of Individual Records, Sales No. E.98.XVII.6, United Nations, New Yor= k, 1998;
=E2=80=A2 Handbook on Civil Registration and Vital Statistic= s Systems: Computerization, Sales No. E.98.XVII.10, United Nations, New Yor= k, 1998.

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Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of c= ountries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

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UNSD plans to continue to conduct workshops on vital statistics data col= lection as an integrated activity of population and housing censuses progra= mme. A knowledge base will be developed to disseminate information on natio= nal experiences.

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Dissemination
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=E2=80=A2 Maintains Internet access systems for its databases in interna= tional trade and national accounts, to provide more efficient public, gover= nmental and international agency access;
=E2=80=A2 Maintains processi= ng systems and is preparing Internet access systems for its databases in en= ergy, environment and industrial commodities to provide more efficient publ= ic, governmental and international agency access;
=E2=80=A2 Continuat= ion of work on UNdata under the project "Statistics as a Public Good&q= uot;. Providing free access to UN-System data will result in an increase in= the dissemination, use and understanding of global statistics. Enhancement= of the data and metadata presentation and the capability to search and bro= wse several databases using one easy-to-use interface in UNdata are some of= the features that have been introduced.

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5. Strategic and manageria= l issues of official statistics (UN Statistics Division)
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SDMX

=E2=80=A2 Collaborates with IMF, Eurostat, BIS, OECD and World Bank on t= he development of XML data and metadata exchange standards.

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Secretariat to the UN Statistical Commission and the Committee o= n Coordination of Statistical Activities

=E2=80=A2 Coordination of intergovernmental and inter-agency meetings in= statistics, serving as secretariat to the UN Statistical Commission and th= e 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

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Facilitator of City Groups

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=E2=80=A2 UNSD is facilitating the work of so-called 'city groups', in o= rder to address issues identified by the Statistical Commission as critical= problems. UNSD will continue to encourage countries to actively participat= e in the discussions of the various groups. It will also disseminate inform= ation on the groups and their activities widely. Detailed information on th= e groups and their activities is available at UN Web page. See also: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/citygroup/index.htm

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5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building = programmes
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Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in= building and strengthening national statistical capacity of developing cou= ntries, particularly the least developed countries, and of countries with e= conomies in transition to produce reliable and timely statistics and indica= tors for national policymakers and for other users at the national and inte= rnational levels.

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Strategy

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To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity buildin= g programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, = organizing study tours, and making available statistical toolkits in three = subject domains supplemented by activities related to the MDG indicators. T= hese domains are i) national statistical system, ii) population censuses an= d social statistics, and iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics,= environment statistics, and environmental-economic accounting frameworks. = The first domain covers activities directly related to the organization of = national statistical systems, such as the building of better institutional = arrangements, improved legal frameworks, better organizational structure an= d better management of human resources. The other two subject domains are v= ery broadly defined to cover together most substantive areas in statistics.=

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Ongoing work

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The main task within the domain of population censuses and social statis= tics currently and for the next two years is to assist Member States in the= implementation of the 2010 World Programme on Population and Housing Censu= ses to be undertaken during 2005-2014. The goal of the 2010 World Programme= is for all countries and areas to agree on a set of accepted international= principles and recommendations governing the conduct of censuses and to di= sseminate census results in a timely manner. Within the broad domain of nat= ional accounts and basic economic statistics, the priorities are i) impleme= ntation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (SNA), ii) implementation o= f the revised recommendations in areas of industry statistics, internationa= l trade statistics, distributive trade statistics, and tourism statistics, = and iii) implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting = (SEEA).
UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MD= G indicators. Through its regular programme and the donor funded projects U= NSD will continue to assist developing countries with capacity development = trainings in the areas of MDG indicators, and monitoring of MDGs particular= ly in view of the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.

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