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1. In recent years, many national an= d international statistical organizations have initiated developments to re= structure the statistical production process. The "Data Deluge" a= nd technological advances are providing opportunities to use new types of s= ources, enhance existing outputs, and develop new ones. These developments = have significant implications for the structure and efficiency of statistic= al organizations, and a major impact on strategic decisions related to budg= et, human resources and corporate strategy.
2. Several existing international gr= oups are involved in expert-level discussions on specific aspects of the mo= dernisation of official statistics, such as methodology, information techno= logy, software tools, and enterprise architecture, but until recently there= has been no overall coordination of these activities. To achieve strategic= oversight and especially better coordination of developments in different = groups and countries, a forum on the highest level (Director General) was n= eeded. The Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) establi= shed a High Level Group for this purpose, in 2010. This group, which was kn= own as the High-Level Group for Strategic Developments in Business Architec= ture in Statistics, was initially created for a period of 2 years, after wh= ich its terms of reference would be reviewed by the CES Bureau.
3. Since 2010, the High-Level Group h= as produced a strategic vision, which was adopted by the CES in June 2011, = and a strategy to implement that vision, which was adopted by the CES in Ju= ne 20122 .
4. These present Terms of Reference reflect an updated = view of the role and responsibilities of the High-Level Group, based on exp= erience gained in the first two years of operation. They also reflect the c= hange of the name of the group to "High-Level Group for the Modernisat= ion of Statistical Production and Services" (HLG) reflecting the evolu= tion of the scope of the work of the group, and the feedback from the Confe= rence of European Statisticians when endorsing the vision and strategy.
5. The HLG reports to the Conference= of European Statisticians (CES). It therefore derives its legitimacy and m= andate from this body. It should prepare strategically-focused annual progr= ess reports, to inform and solicit comments from the CES and its Bureau.
6. The mission of the HLG is to over= see development of frameworks, and sharing of information, tools and method= s, which support the modernisation of statistical organisations. The aim is= to improve the efficiency of the statistical production process, and the a= bility to produce outputs that better meet user needs. The HLG will discuss= and collaborate with other bodies involved in related work, both within an= d beyond the official statistics community. Within the official statistics = community, it will take a leadership and coordination role.
7. The HLG will oversee and steer th= e work of relevant CES expert groups, and will coordinate, and give leaders= hip where needed, to other relevant international expert groups and UN regi= onal commissions. It is responsible for stimulating development of global s= tandards and overseeing activities undertaken in collaboration.
8. The objectives of the HLG are:
(a) To promote common standards, models, tools= and methods to support the modernisation of official statistics;
(b)= To drive new developments in the production, organisation and products of = official statistics, ensuring effective coordination and information sharin= g within official statistics, and with relevant external bodies;
(c) = To advise the Bureau of the CES on the direction of strategic developments = in the modernisation of official statistics, and ensure that there is a max= imum of convergence and coordination within the statistical "industry&= quot;.
9. The main activities and outputs o= f the HLG for the period up to the end of 2015 are:
10. These Terms of Reference are val= id for a period of 3 years (January 2013 to December 2015), after which the= y will be reviewed by the CES Bureau:
11. The HLG will meet physically at = least once per year, for 1-2 days, back-to-back with the autumn meeting of = the CES Bureau. In-between these meetings, it will work mainly via electron= ic communication and telephone or video conferencing but it may also meet p= hysically as necessary, usually on the margins of other meetings.
12. The HLG members should be at the= level of heads of national statistical organisations and chief statisticia= ns of international organisations. An appropriate geographical balance in t= he membership of the HLG will be ensured.
13. The members of the HLG undertake to devote the necessary time to ade= quately discharge their duties.
14. The members of the HLG will be approved by the CES Bureau, and will = select from amongst themselves a Chairperson and, if deemed necessary, a Vi= ce-Chairperson. If a member leaves the HLG, a new member may be co-opted un= til the time of the next review by the CES Bureau, when a new member is for= mally approved.
15. The membership of the HLG as at 1 January 2013 is as follows:
16. The chairpersons of the Organisi= ng Committee on the Management of Statistical Information Systems (MSIS), t= he Steering Group on Statistical Metadata (METIS) and the Sharing Advisory = Board participate as observers.
17. The HLG may invite additional persons to participate in some or all = of its activities, depending on priorities and interests, where their contr= ibutions would be of benefit to the work of the group. These persons shall = be representatives of other national or international organisations which d= emonstrate their commitment to actively contribute to the work of the HLG, = and support the implementation of the strategy.
18. The HLG will be supported by a Secretariat Team led by the UNECE Sec= retariat and comprising the three HLG observers, and other members as neces= sary. This team will be responsible for drafting texts for HLG approval, pr= eparing HLG meetings, promoting HLG activities and outputs, overseeing proj= ects, administering agreements, and other tasks as directed by the HLG.
|2=20||Both documents are available at http://www1.unece.org/stat/plat= form/display/hlgbas=20|