Volume 15, No.9 - September 2011

Trends and analysis

Internet as a catalyst for change

Sixth Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held on 27- 30 September in Nairobi, Kenya

Over 1,500 people – representing governments, civil society, intergovernmental organizations, academic and technical communities and the private sector – are expected to participate in the forum to be held at the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON) under the main theme: “Internet as a catalyst for change: access, development, freedoms and innovation”.

Over 500 people have already registered to participate, including representatives from 59 developing and 22 developed countries in different world regions. The event will include over 100 workshops organized by partner organizations. The Assistant-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Thomas Steltzer, will represent UN DESA at this event.

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Linking trade and other economic statistics

A seminar on International Trade Statistics: Implementation of IMTS 2010 and follow-up to the Global Forum will take place in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 26-30 September

The Global Forum on Trade Statistics in February 2011, jointly organized by the UN DESA’s Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) in Geneva, made explicit demands to improve the relevance of international trade statistics by connecting and integrating it with other economic statistics.

As a follow-up to the Global Forum on Trade Statistics, UNSD in cooperation with Eurostat and Statistics Lithuania, is organizing a seminar for countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, focusing on the implementation of the new recommendations on merchandise trade statistics (IMTS 2010), which were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010, with emphasis on linking trade and other economic statistics.

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Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM)

UN creates expert group to consult on managing geospatial information

The UN Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between Member States and international organizations.

The ECOSOC made history recently in Geneva by establishing a new intergovernmental body to address an emerging global issue. The UN Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management will bring together, for the first time at the global level, government experts from all Member States to consult on the rapidly changing field of geospatial information.

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