Volume 16, No.04 - April 2012

Trends and analysis

To measure better the economic activity

The 7th Meeting of the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts will be held from 23 to 25 April in New York.

The System of National Accounts (SNA) is the internationally agreed standard set of recommendations on how to compile measures of economic activity. This meeting aims to resolve issues on the research agenda of SNA and to review documents and tools for the SNA implementation programme. The United Nations Statistical Commission established the Advisory Expert Group on National Accounts (AEG) to support the Inter Secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA) in carrying out its work programme.

At its 7th meeting, the AEG will consider issues such as the ISWGNA programme of work for the period up to 2014, current research issues and the provision of further guidance on the implementation of the 2008 SNA, review of the SNA research agenda, review of compilation guidance drafted by ISWGNA members, the development of training material on the SNA, issues related to the implementation of the System of National Accounts and the ongoing work in the broader remits of national accounts.

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The System of National Accounts (SNA)

New ideas in response to the global jobs crisis

As part of the preparatory process for the 2012 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review, UNDESA held an e-discussion on “Jobs, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth”

The e-discussion, held from 8 February to 14 March in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and International Labour Organization (ILO) served as an open, multi-stakeholder forum for practitioners, academic experts and policy-makers to share new ideas and formulate critical policy messages to the UN intergovernmental decision-making process in response to the global jobs crisis.

This year, Mr. Stephen Pursey (ILO) and Mr. Selim Jahan (UNDP) facilitated the e-discussion as expert moderators, guiding participants through a range of issues including (1) the role of decent work in recovering from the recent crises, (2) successful micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development, and (3) inclusive employment policies and programmes, specifically for women and youth.  Over 140 contributions were submitted during the five-week discussion period.  The summary report synthesizing the recommendations and best practices discussed by participants will feed directly into the Annual Ministerial Review being held in New York during ECOSOC’s Substantive Session in July.

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E-discussion on “Jobs, Decent Work and Inclusive Growth”