International Workshop on Social Statistics will take place in Beijing from 22-26 November
DESA’s Statistics Division and the National Bureau of Statistics of China are organizing this workshop as part of the social statistics programme of the Statistics Division with the purpose of enhancing the capacity of countries to collect, disseminate and use quality statistics on time use and on violence against women.
This workshop is also intended to provide an opportunity to review and discuss new national initiatives and data collection tools for the improvement of these two areas of social statistics.
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/meetings/wshops/China_22-24Nov2010/default.htm
Training of trade in services statistics
Workshop on Statistics of International Trade in Services will be held in Hanoi, Vietnam from 30 November-3 December
DESA’s Statistics Division in cooperation with the General Statistical Office of Vietnam is organizing this workshop within the framework of DESA’s Development Account project for the strengthening of the statistical capacity of countries in South East Asia.
The objective of the workshop is to train representatives from national statistical offices and central banks of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Vietnam on the methodology of trade in services statistics and on current country-practices in compilation of trade in specific services sectors.
The training focuses on both the interpretation of conceptual issues and options for the implementation of the international recommendations, taking account of country specific circumstances and facilitating the establishment of a network of statisticians among these South East Asian countries. The workshop reviews particularly the travel item and tourism statistics.
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/tradeserv/default.htm
Linking capacity of local leadership and local development
Ministerial Workshop on leadership capacity building for decentralized governance and poverty reduction in Africa was held in Kampala, Uganda from 4 to 7 October in conjunction with the Global Forum on Local Development
Key stakeholders in local governance in Africa recommend the strengthening of public administration and leadership capacities to enhance accountability and improve the delivery of services at local level which will speed up the achievement of MDGs.
Leaders from 22 African countries attended the Forum including Ministers responsible for local government, senior public service officers from central and local governments, leaders of local government associations, political leaders in local governments, International and Regional Organizations representatives, management experts and practitioners as well as representatives of civil society organizations.
The focus of this workshop was on the linkages between the capacity of local leadership and local development, strengthening public administration in local governments for effective delivery of services, improving the delivery of services through application of ICTs, and how to implement the recommendations made by the Global Forum on Local Development to speed up the achievement of MDGs at the local level.