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The Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA) lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region. Updated every year, DISA is a coherent catalogue of planned work in international statistics over the coming year.  
1. Demographic and social statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1. Demographic and social statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.


1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.


1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.



2. Economic Statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.


1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.


1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.


1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.


1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.


1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.


1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.


1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.


1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.




2. Economic Statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1. Demographic and social statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.


2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.


2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.


2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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.



2. Economic Statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.


2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.


2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.


2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.4.2 Energy (UN Statistics Division)
Energy Statistics

Ongoing work:

• UNSD continues to maintain the most comprehensive database of worldwide 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;
• Data sharing arrangements between UNSD and IEA/OECD continue to reduce the data collection burden.

Activities for 2012:

• Preparation of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM) which provides practical guidance in the implementation of IRES, including collection of country practices;
• Organization of training workshops for developing countries;
• Update and improvement of the UN Energy Statistics Database, including collection, processing and dissemination arrangements for both data and metadata according to the recommendations provided in IRES;
• Work on improving transparency of oil statistics in collaboration with other international organizations active in this area (APERC, Eurostat, IAE/OECD, OLADE, OPEC and IEFS) through the Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI);
• Further development of the energy statistics web-site.2.4.4 Transport (UN Statistics Division)
Ongoing work:

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 both the MBS and the UN Statistical Yearbook.2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.


2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.


2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.


2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
2.4.2 Energy (UN Statistics Division)
Energy Statistics

Ongoing work:

• UNSD continues to maintain the most comprehensive database of worldwide 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;
• Data sharing arrangements between UNSD and IEA/OECD continue to reduce the data collection burden.

Activities for 2012:

• Preparation of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM) which provides practical guidance in the implementation of IRES, including collection of country practices;
• Organization of training workshops for developing countries;
• Update and improvement of the UN Energy Statistics Database, including collection, processing and dissemination arrangements for both data and metadata according to the recommendations provided in IRES;
• Work on improving transparency of oil statistics in collaboration with other international organizations active in this area (APERC, Eurostat, IAE/OECD, OLADE, OPEC and IEFS) through the Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI);
• Further development of the energy statistics web-site.2.4.4 Transport (UN Statistics Division)
Ongoing work:

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 both the MBS and the UN Statistical Yearbook.3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.


2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.


2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.


2.4 Sectoral statistics (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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
2.4.2 Energy (UN Statistics Division)
Energy Statistics

Ongoing work:

• UNSD continues to maintain the most comprehensive database of worldwide 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;
• Data sharing arrangements between UNSD and IEA/OECD continue to reduce the data collection burden.

Activities for 2012:

• Preparation of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM) which provides practical guidance in the implementation of IRES, including collection of country practices;
• Organization of training workshops for developing countries;
• Update and improvement of the UN Energy Statistics Database, including collection, processing and dissemination arrangements for both data and metadata according to the recommendations provided in IRES;
• Work on improving transparency of oil statistics in collaboration with other international organizations active in this area (APERC, Eurostat, IAE/OECD, OLADE, OPEC and IEFS) through the Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI);
• Further development of the energy statistics web-site.2.4.4 Transport (UN Statistics Division)
Ongoing work:

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 both the MBS and the UN Statistical Yearbook.4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.


2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.


2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.


2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.


2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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)
1. Demographic and social statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.


3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.



2. Economic Statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.2.4 Sectoral statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (UN Statistics Division)
Poverty Statistics

• UNSD continues its work of reviewing methodologies used by countries in poverty mapping, highlighting good practices.

Social Statistics

• UNSD convened an expert group meeting in September 2008 on the scope and content of social statistics, with the aim of seeking inputs towards an international action plan to improve social statistics.
See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/social_stat_2008.htm.

• UNSD serves as the secretariat for the Friends of the Chair group of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Statistical 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. It is expected the draft guidelines will be finalized and published in 2012.

Social Indicators

• 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)
Gender Statistics

• 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. As part of the Programme, the Division, in collaboration with various partners conducted the following activities:

• Inter-regional workshop on the Production of Gender Statistics, held in New Delhi, India, 6-10 August 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/India%20Aug07/DOCLIST.htm.

• Global Forum on Gender Statistics, held in Rome, Italy, 10-12 December 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm.

• Second annual meeting of the IAEG-GS, held in Rome, Italy, 13 December 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm.

• Establishment of two advisory groups to provide guidance to UNSD on 1) gender statistics training and curricula development and 2) global gender indicators database.

• Development and launch of Gender Info 2007 -a global database of gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/genderinfo/default.htm

• A survey of gender statistics activities and training needs was conducted in 2008 among National Statistical Offices and relevant organizations at the regional and global levels. The aim was to obtain information in order to better tailor UNSD's upcoming activities within the Global Programme on Gender Statistics. The results of the survey are being processed and analyzed, and a report completed in 2009.

• UNSD continues to disseminate basic gender statistics and indicators through its website: "Statistics and indicators on Women and Men" which is updated semi-annually. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/indwm.

• The second Global Forum on Gender Statistics was held from 26-28 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third annual meeting of the IAEG-GS was heldon 29 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third Global Forum on gender Statistics was held in Manila, Philippines, from 11-13 October 2010.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Philippines_Globalforum_Oct2010/default.htm.

• The fourth meeting of the IAEG-GS was held in Manila, Philippines, on 14 October 2010.

• The fifth meeting of the IAEG-GS was held in New York, USA, from 4-6 October 2011.

Planned meetings:

• The next meeting of the IAEG-GS and the fourth Global Forum on Gender Statistics are scheduled to take place from 25-29 March, 2012 in Jordan.

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 (IAEG) on Millennium Development Goal (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.

Planned meetings:

• The 21th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in New York on 23-24 February 2012.
• The 22th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in Geneva on 30 October - 2 November 2012.
• A workshop on Millennium Development Goals Monitoring for the Pacific region is tentatively scheduled to take place in November 2012.2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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.


3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
Poverty Statistics

• UNSD continues its work of reviewing methodologies used by countries in poverty mapping, highlighting good practices.

Social Statistics

• UNSD convened an expert group meeting in September 2008 on the scope and content of social statistics, with the aim of seeking inputs towards an international action plan to improve social statistics.
See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/social_stat_2008.htm.

• UNSD serves as the secretariat for the Friends of the Chair group of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Statistical 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. It is expected the draft guidelines will be finalized and published in 2012.

Social Indicators

• 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)
Gender Statistics

• 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. As part of the Programme, the Division, in collaboration with various partners conducted the following activities:

• Inter-regional workshop on the Production of Gender Statistics, held in New Delhi, India, 6-10 August 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/India%20Aug07/DOCLIST.htm.

• Global Forum on Gender Statistics, held in Rome, Italy, 10-12 December 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm.

• Second annual meeting of the IAEG-GS, held in Rome, Italy, 13 December 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm.

• Establishment of two advisory groups to provide guidance to UNSD on 1) gender statistics training and curricula development and 2) global gender indicators database.

• Development and launch of Gender Info 2007 -a global database of gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/genderinfo/default.htm

• A survey of gender statistics activities and training needs was conducted in 2008 among National Statistical Offices and relevant organizations at the regional and global levels. The aim was to obtain information in order to better tailor UNSD's upcoming activities within the Global Programme on Gender Statistics. The results of the survey are being processed and analyzed, and a report completed in 2009.

• UNSD continues to disseminate basic gender statistics and indicators through its website: "Statistics and indicators on Women and Men" which is updated semi-annually. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/indwm.

• The second Global Forum on Gender Statistics was held from 26-28 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third annual meeting of the IAEG-GS was heldon 29 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third Global Forum on gender Statistics was held in Manila, Philippines, from 11-13 October 2010.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Philippines_Globalforum_Oct2010/default.htm.

• The fourth meeting of the IAEG-GS was held in Manila, Philippines, on 14 October 2010.

• The fifth meeting of the IAEG-GS was held in New York, USA, from 4-6 October 2011.

Planned meetings:

• The next meeting of the IAEG-GS and the fourth Global Forum on Gender Statistics are scheduled to take place from 25-29 March, 2012 in Jordan.

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 (IAEG) on Millennium Development Goal (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.

Planned meetings:

• The 21th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in New York on 23-24 February 2012.
• The 22th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in Geneva on 30 October - 2 November 2012.
• A workshop on Millennium Development Goals Monitoring for the Pacific region is tentatively scheduled to take place in November 2012.3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.


3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (UN Statistics Division)
Poverty Statistics

• UNSD continues its work of reviewing methodologies used by countries in poverty mapping, highlighting good practices.

Social Statistics

• UNSD convened an expert group meeting in September 2008 on the scope and content of social statistics, with the aim of seeking inputs towards an international action plan to improve social statistics.
See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/egm/social_stat_2008.htm.

• UNSD serves as the secretariat for the Friends of the Chair group of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Statistical 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. It is expected the draft guidelines will be finalized and published in 2012.

Social Indicators

• 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)
Gender Statistics

• 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. As part of the Programme, the Division, in collaboration with various partners conducted the following activities:

• Inter-regional workshop on the Production of Gender Statistics, held in New Delhi, India, 6-10 August 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/India%20Aug07/DOCLIST.htm.

• Global Forum on Gender Statistics, held in Rome, Italy, 10-12 December 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm.

• Second annual meeting of the IAEG-GS, held in Rome, Italy, 13 December 2007.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Gender_Statistics_10Dec07_Rome/default.htm.

• Establishment of two advisory groups to provide guidance to UNSD on 1) gender statistics training and curricula development and 2) global gender indicators database.

• Development and launch of Gender Info 2007 -a global database of gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/genderinfo/default.htm

• A survey of gender statistics activities and training needs was conducted in 2008 among National Statistical Offices and relevant organizations at the regional and global levels. The aim was to obtain information in order to better tailor UNSD's upcoming activities within the Global Programme on Gender Statistics. The results of the survey are being processed and analyzed, and a report completed in 2009.

• UNSD continues to disseminate basic gender statistics and indicators through its website: "Statistics and indicators on Women and Men" which is updated semi-annually. See http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/indwm.

• The second Global Forum on Gender Statistics was held from 26-28 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third annual meeting of the IAEG-GS was heldon 29 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third Global Forum on gender Statistics was held in Manila, Philippines, from 11-13 October 2010.
See: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/Philippines_Globalforum_Oct2010/default.htm.

• The fourth meeting of the IAEG-GS was held in Manila, Philippines, on 14 October 2010.

• The fifth meeting of the IAEG-GS was held in New York, USA, from 4-6 October 2011.

Planned meetings:

• The next meeting of the IAEG-GS and the fourth Global Forum on Gender Statistics are scheduled to take place from 25-29 March, 2012 in Jordan.

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 (IAEG) on Millennium Development Goal (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.

Planned meetings:

• The 21th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in New York on 23-24 February 2012.
• The 22th meeting of the IAEG-MDG will be held in Geneva on 30 October - 2 November 2012.
• A workshop on Millennium Development Goals Monitoring for the Pacific region is tentatively scheduled to take place in November 2012.4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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.


3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.



5. Strategic and managerial issues of official statistics (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp


3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.


3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.




4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
1. Demographic and social statistics (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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.


4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
1.1 Population and migration (UN Statistics Division)
Demographic Yearbook

• Continue to compile and disseminate demographic statistics in the Demographic Yearbook, website and CD-Rom.
• 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.

Migration Statistics

• Finalize technical report on measuring international migration through censuses and sample surveys.
• Migrant stock data that were collected through the Demographic Yearbook (DYB) Population Census Questionnaires are now available at the UNSD website.

• Annual collection of data on international migrant flows through the revise the DYB questionnaire.1.4 Health (UN Statistics Division)
Disability Statistics

• 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)
Demographic Yearbook

Ongoing work:

• UNSD has developed a new questionnaire on housing statistics. The questionnaire was circulated to countries with other census questionnaires in spring 2009 and in 2010 (for countries that did not reply the first time). After the validation of data a set of tabulations will have been posted in the end of 2012, as a Compendium of Housing Statistics.1.11 Time use (UN Statistics Division)
Time-use statistics

• A Guide to producing statistics on time-use: Measuring Paid and Unpaid work, was published in 2005.

• 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/.

• Time-use statistics showing sex differences in the use of time is compiled and presented in the in The World's Women 2010: Trends and Statistics, launched in October 2010.

• The detailed structure and explanatory notes for the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) are available for comments on the following web site: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/cr/registry/regcst.asp?Cl=231&Lg=1.

• The finalization of the UN Trial International Classification of Activities for Time-use Statistics (ICATUS) is expected in 2012.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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.



2. Economic Statistics (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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.


4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
2.1 Macroeconomic statistics (UN Statistics Division)
• Coordinate and promote work on integrated economic statistics.
• Collaborates with Eurostat in the development of handbooks on Rapid estimates and Composite Indicators.
• Promote an internationally accepted data and metadata template for short term economic statistics.
• Collect country practices on the compilation of rapid estimates and composite business cycle indicators.2.2 Economic accounts (UN Statistics Division)
National Accounts

Ongoing Work:

• 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 program 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 programs 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 and emissions permits.

• 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 program 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.
• Coordinate work to develop a handbook on business registers.2.3 Business statistics (UN Statistics Division)
Industrial Statistics

Ongoing activities:

• 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 2012:

• Further development of the industry statistics web-site, especially with respect to short-term indicators.
• Conduct of regional workshops on manufacturing statistics.2.4 Sectoral statistics (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.
In general, 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.

Methodological work:

• Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it 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 2010.4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UN Statistics Division)
Statistical Business Register

Priority objectives:

• 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:

• 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.

Priority objectives:

Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

Ongoing work:

UNSD organized the Expert Group Meeting on civil registration and vital statistics in June 2011. Consequently, the UNSD currently undertakes a revision of the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 2, based on the recommendations emanated from the meeting.

UNSD maintains the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Knowledge Base documents at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/vitalstatkb and disseminates United Nations methodological guidelines, demographic research articles and country practices and activities in the area of civil registration and vital statistics. It facilitates the international exchange and sharing of knowledge and information, provides guidance to countries, and monitors progress made on civil registration and vital statistics at national level.2.6 International trade and balance of payments (UN Statistics Division)
International Merchandise Trade

Priority objectives:

• Finalizing the International Merchandise Trade Statistics: Compilers Manual, Revision 1;
• Major upgrade of the UN Comtrade database, including the integration of monthly data;
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing work:

• Capacity development activities for the improvement of compilation practices and implementation of the new international recommendations (IMTS 2010);
• Continuation of work on 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

Priority objectives:

• Development of the Compilers Guide for the revised Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010;
• Establishment of UN Expert Group on compilation of SITS (EG-CSITS);
• Further development of the UN database on international trade in services (UN ServiceTrade);
• Gradually developing new methodology for the future of trade statistics, by linking trade and business statistics, integrating trade in goods and services and improving institutional arrangements at national level, as expressed in the "Vision 2020" document.

Ongoing and new activities:

• Concening the 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.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.


4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Conceptual and methodological development of environment statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV);
• Data collection via the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

Ongoing work:

Data collection:

• Preparation for the 2012 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website
  (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/default.htm);
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

Methodological work:

• Revision of the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Development of a core set of environment statistics;
• Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

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:

Other activities

• 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.

UNCEEA

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.

Priority objectives:

The programme of work of the Committee encompasses six areas, namely
(a) coordination;
(b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research;
(c) development of integrated databases;
(d) implementation of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics and statistical capacity building;
(e) promotion of environmental-economic accounting and environment statistics;
(f) 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.

Meetings:

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:
http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/ceea/.

3.1 Environment (London Group)

Environmental Accounts

Ongoing methodological work:

With the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the Group will refocus its work on issues of implementation and compilation of SEEA accounts.  In particular, the London Group will provide a forum for reaching a consensus on best practices and reviewing compilation and training material. The London Group will also review and comment the draft SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts as well as contribute to the drafting of the SEEA Extensions and Applications.  Mark de Haan of Statistics Netherlands has been elected for a second terms as the Chair of the London Group.

Priority objectives:

The London Group's priority objectives are to assist in the development and reviewing training and promotion material as well as contributing to the SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts and SEEA Extensions and Applications.

New activities:

Following the finalization of the SEEA Central Framework, the London Group will:
• Prepare, review and comment on compilers manuals and promotion material.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Extensions and Applications.
• Contribute to the development of SEEA Experimental Ecosystem accounts.

Meetings:

The 16th Meeting took place in October 2010 (Santiago, Chile) and the 17th meeting in September 2011 (Stockholm). The next meeting of the Group is scheduled to take place in October in Ottawa Canada.
More information can be found at the London Group website: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/londongroup/default.asp3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• 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)
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.
In general, 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.

Methodological work:

• Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it 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 2010.4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UN Statistics Division)
Statistical Business Register

Priority objectives:

• 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:

• 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.

Priority objectives:

Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

Ongoing work:

UNSD organized the Expert Group Meeting on civil registration and vital statistics in June 2011. Consequently, the UNSD currently undertakes a revision of the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 2, based on the recommendations emanated from the meeting.

UNSD maintains the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Knowledge Base documents at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/vitalstatkb and disseminates United Nations methodological guidelines, demographic research articles and country practices and activities in the area of civil registration and vital statistics. It facilitates the international exchange and sharing of knowledge and information, provides guidance to countries, and monitors progress made on civil registration and vital statistics at national level.3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)
Compendia

• 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.

Demographic Yearbook

• 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 pleasesee http://unstats.un.or./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.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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.



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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.


4.3 Data sources (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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.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.
In general, 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.

Methodological work:

• Finalized the Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 and published it 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 2010.4.3.2 Business and agricultural censuses and registers (UN Statistics Division)
Statistical Business Register

Priority objectives:

• 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:

• 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.

Priority objectives:

Improve the coverage of vital registration systems and the capacity of countries to provide vital statistics from registration systems.

Ongoing work:

UNSD organized the Expert Group Meeting on civil registration and vital statistics in June 2011. Consequently, the UNSD currently undertakes a revision of the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Revision 2, based on the recommendations emanated from the meeting.

UNSD maintains the Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Knowledge Base documents at: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/vitalstatkb and disseminates United Nations methodological guidelines, demographic research articles and country practices and activities in the area of civil registration and vital statistics. It facilitates the international exchange and sharing of knowledge and information, provides guidance to countries, and monitors progress made on civil registration and vital statistics at national level.4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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)
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

Ongoing activities:

• 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;
• UNSD continues the publication of a Classifications Newsletter.

Activities for 2012:

• Development of complimentary tools and documentation for the revised classifications, including alphabetical indexes and 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.


4.3 Data sources (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.


4.5 Dissemination, data warehousing (UN Statistics Division)
Dissemination

• 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)
1. Demographic and social statistics (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.



2. Economic Statistics (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.



3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.



4. Methodology of data collection, processing, dissemination and analysis (UN Statistics Division)
5.5 Technological resources (including standards for electronic data exchange and data sharing) (UN Statistics Division)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.



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)
SDMX

• 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

• 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.


5.7 Technical cooperation and capacity building programmes (UN Statistics Division)
Objective

The UN Statistics Division's objective is to support national efforts in building and strengthening national statistical 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, for national policymakers and for other users at the national and international levels.

Strategy

To meet the overall objective, UN Statistics Division's capacity building programme consists of providing advisory services, conducting workshops, seminars and conferences, organizing study tours, arranging fellowships and hosting interns and fellows, and maintaining knowledge hubs and toolkits in a number of statistical domains . These domains are i) national statistical system, ii) demographic and social statistics; iii) national accounts, basic economic statistics, trade statistics, industry statistics, economic and social classifications and environmental-economic accounting; iv) environment and energy statistics; v) MDGs statistics and indicators; and vi) geospatial information. 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 and better management of human resources. The other subject domains are very broadly defined to cover together most of the substantive areas in statistics.

Ongoing work

The main task within the domain of demographic and social statistics will be to continue to assist Member States in conduct of their population and housing censuses and disseminate census results in a timely manner. A project on improving gender statistics will be initiated in 2012. The priorities in other domains are: i) implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts (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 volume 1 Central Framework of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). Particular attention will be paid to the quality of statistical information and the development of a generic national quality assurance framework. UNSD also secured donor funding for the improvement of the MDG indicators. 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.