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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 groups are involved in expert-level = discussions on specific aspects of the modernisation of official statistics= , such as methodology, information technology, software tools, and enterpri= se architecture, but until recently there has been no overall coordination = of these activities. To achieve strategic oversight and especially better c= oordination of developments in different groups and countries, a forum on t= he highest level (Director General) was needed. The Bureau of the Conferenc= e of European Statisticians (CES) established a High Level Group for this p= urpose, in 2010. This group, which was known as the High-Level Group for St= rategic Developments in Business Architecture in Statistics, was initially = created for a period of 2 years, after which its terms of reference would b= e reviewed by the CES Bureau.
3.Since 20= 10, the High-Level Group has produced a strategic vision, which was adopted= by the CES in June 2011, and a strategy to implement that vision, which wa= s adopted by the CES in June 20121= .
4. These present Terms of Ref= erence reflect an updated view of the role and responsibilities of the High= -Level Group, based on experience gained in the first two years of operatio= n. They also reflect the change of the name of the group to "High-Leve= l Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services" = (HLG) reflecting the evolution of the scope of the work of the group, and t= he feedback from the Conference of European Statisticians when endorsing th= e vision and strategy.
5.The HLG reports to the Conference = of European Statisticians (CES). It therefore derives its legitimacy and ma= ndate from this body. It should prepare strategically-focused annual progre= ss reports, to inform and solicit comments from the CES and its Bureau.
6.The mission of the HLG is to overs= ee development of frameworks, and sharing of information, tools and methods= , which support the modernisation of statistical organisations. The aim is = to improve the efficiency of the statistical production process, and the ab= ility to produce outputs that better meet user needs. The HLG will discuss = and collaborate with other bodies involved in related work, both within and= beyond the official statistics community. Within the official statistics c= ommunity, it will take a leadership and coordination role.
7. The HLG will oversee and steer the work of relevant = CES expert groups, and will coordinate, and give leadership where needed, t= o other relevant international expert groups and UN regional commissions. I= t is responsible for stimulating development of global standards and overse= eing activities undertaken in collaboration.
8. The objectives of the HLG are:
= (a)To promote common standards, models, tools and methods to support the m= odernisation of official statistics;
(b)To drive new developments in = the production, organisation and products of official statistics, ensuring = effective coordination and information sharing 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 officia= l statistics, and ensure that there is a maximum of convergence and coordin= ation within the statistical "industry".
IV.PLANNED ACTIVITI= ES AND OUTPUTS
9.The main activities and outputs of= 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:
= VI. METHODS OF WORK
11.The HLG will meet physically at l= east once per year, for 1-2 days, back-to-back with the autumn meeting of t= he CES Bureau. In-between these meetings, it will work mainly via electroni= c communication and telephone or video conferencing but it may also meet ph= ysically 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 fro= m amongst themselves a Chairperson and, if deemed necessary, a Vice-Chairpe= rson. If a member leaves the HLG, a new member may be co-opted until the ti= me of the next review by the CES Bureau, when a new member is formally appr= oved.
15The 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 act= ivities, depending on priorities and interests, where their contributions w= ould be of benefit to the work of the group. These persons shall be represe= ntatives of other national or international organisations which demonstrate= their commitment to actively contribute to the work of the HLG, and suppor= t the implementation of the strategy.
1= 8. The HLG will be supported by a Secretariat Team led by the UNECE Secreta= riat and comprising the three HLG observers, and other members as necessary= . This team will be responsible for drafting texts for HLG approval, prepar= ing HLG meetings, promoting HLG activities and outputs, overseeing projects= , administering agreements, and other tasks as directed by the HLG.
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