Volume 15, No.12 - December 2011

Capacity development

Fundamentals of environment statistics

Workshop on Environment Statistics will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 5-7 December for the South-East Asian countries

DESA’s Statistics Division, in cooperation with the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, will organize the workshop within the framework of the UNDESA Development Account Project on Building Statistical Capacity in the Low Income Countries of South-East Asia.

This workshop is aimed at assisting the participating countries by providing the fundamentals of environment statistics from the global and national perspectives, while learning more closely about the environmental challenges and statistical needs from the countries; introducing the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics, the Core Set of Environment Statistics and the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics.

The need for environment statistics and indicators, methodological developments, global data collections and international sources of environment statistics, as well as resources needed to engage in production of environment statistics will also be discussed at the workshop. 

Participating countries will include the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (host), the Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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Adopting list of environmental statistics for Central Africa

Workshop on environment statistics for the francophone Central African countries will be organized in Yaounde, Cameroon, on 5-9 December

DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic Commission of Africa, is organizing a workshop with the main objectives to: (a) adopt a list of environmental statistics and indicators for the Central African region for national and regional reporting; (b) review methodologies for the ECOWAS regional core set of environmental indicators for use in this region; (c) develop a way forward for a draft regional programme on environment statistics; (d) train participants from national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies on basic concepts, methods and best practices in environment statistics; and (e) provide a forum for exchange of information on the status of national environment statistics.

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Demonstrating potentials of CensusInfo

National Workshop on CensusInfo will be organized in Kampara, Uganda, on 5-9 December

Organized by DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), the workshop is designed to demonstrate through in-depth, hands-on experiences, the potential of CensusInfo as a platform for disseminating census data at any geographical level.

The participants of UBOS will learn various processes involved in the adaptation of CensusInfo including preparation of CensusInfo template and database, importing data, language translation and customization of the software package.

The sessions will include hands-on training on using CensusInfo User Interface and Database Administration applications as well as an introduction in the process of web-enabling the CensusInfo database. The objective of the training is to create a first version of a Uganda CensusInfo application including maps and a subset of data/indicators based on data of the 2002 census and earlier censuses if available.

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Compiling trade statistics

Meeting will be held on compilation issues of IMTS 2010, on 6-9 December in Mexico City

DESA’s Statistics Division and INEGI (the national statistical office of Mexico) will jointly organize a meeting on compilation issues of international merchandise trade statistics.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the full draft Compilers Manual for the collection, processing and dissemination of trade statistics and to gather country experiences and good practices. Participants in this meeting will be trade statistics experts from developing and developed countries.

The meeting will cover all aspects of quality assurance of merchandise trade statistics and will discuss issues like data sources (customs administration and enterprise surveys), institutional arrangements for data exchange, integration of trade data from different sources, data processing, preparation of meta-data, dissemination of data and the calculation of external trade indices.

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Analysing data on youth, migration, employment and education

National Seminar on Census Data Analysis will take place in Monrovia, Liberia, on 12-14 December

DESA’s Statistics Division in collaboration with the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS) will organize a National Seminar on Census Data Analysis in the context of the 2010 World Programme for Population and Housing Censuses.

The purpose of the Seminar is to assist the LISGIS on undertaking in-depth analysis of census data to produce an analytical report on the selected topics. The national seminar will cover the following topics: (i) youth and internal migration and (ii) employment and education. During the national seminar, the staff of LISGIS will attend the lectures on the topics of focus and engage in preliminary data analyses of 2008 census data.

After the seminar, participants are expected to produce thematic analytical reports, based on analyses generated during the seminar.

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