New York, 5-6 October 2015
The 49th session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will be devoted to the theme "Strengthening the demographic evidence base for the post-2015 development agenda". The United Nations Population Division has convened an expert group meeting in October 2015 to inform the UN Secretary General report to be presented at this CPD session in April 2016.
The Strengthening the Demographic Evidence Base for the Post-2015 Development Agenda expert group meeting will bring together specialists to review how the most common sources of demographic data, such as census, surveys, civil registration and vital statistics systems and administrative records, meet the needs of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda. Experts will also be invited to reflect on new data sources that are becoming increasingly available for more rapid and more localized monitoring and how these new sources can complement more traditional data sources.
The meeting will identify points of intervention for strengthening the demographic evidence base throughout the data life cycle that would contribute to more relevant, effective, efficient and sustainable action-oriented development planning and monitoring, and ultimately to achieving the post-2015 development agenda.
Core questions to be discussed during the meeting include:
- What are the experiences and lessons learned from demographic data collection, compilation, analysis, dissemination and utilization within the context of the MDGs?
- What are the key challenges of existing data sources to fulfil the needs of the post-2015 development agenda, including in terms of baseline setting for the targets, frequency, timeliness and disaggregation of data available?
- What are the recommendations on how to strengthen the demographic evidence base and what are the actions required to implement them?
Presentations and Background Documents
Session 1 - Opening of the meeting
Session 2 - Lessons learned from the 2010 round of censuses and planning for the 2020 round to meet the post-2015 agenda
- Margaret Mbogoni and Keiko Osaki Tomita, Statistics Division, UN DESA - Lessons learned from the 2010 round of PHC and planning for the 2020 round to meet the post-2015 development agenda [note] [Presentation]
- Benoit Kalasa, UNFPA - Lessons Learned from the 2010 Round of Census and Planning for the 2020 Round to meet the Post 2015 Agenda: A Global and Regional Perspective [Presentation]
- Andrew Mukulu, Uganda Bureau of Statistics - Lessons from the 2010 RPHC and Planning for the 2020 RPHCs [note] [Presentation]
- C. Chandramouli, Census of India - Census of India, Lessons learnt and the way ahead [note] [Presentation]
Session 3 - Existing survey programmes and the need for new survey modules or new thematic surveys designed to “count the uncounted” in support of more effective policy interventions
- Sunita Kishor, ICF International - Strengthening the Demographic Data Base in the Post-2015 Era: Lessons from The DHS Program [Presentation]
- Turgay Unalan, UNICEF - Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey Programme [Presentation]
- Amy Tsui - Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020) Surveys: Toward SDG Monitoring [note] [Presentation]
- William Axinn, University of Michigan - International Longitudinal Data Collection [note] [Presentation]
- Richard E. Bilsborrow - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [note] [Presentation]
Session 4 - Demographic evidence from civil registration systems, health information systems and other administrative data sources, including insights provided by health and demographic surveillance sites
- Adriana Skenderi, Statistics Division, UN DESA - Demographic Evidence from Civil Registration Systems [note] [Presentation]
- Carla AbouZahr, Health statistics and CRVS - Demographic evidence from civil registration and vital statistics systems, health information systems and other administrative data sources, including insights provided by health and demographic surveillance sites: Health sector perspectives [note] [Presentation]
- Michelle Weinberger, Avenir Health - Demographic evidence from family planning service statistics [note] [Presentation]
- Frencel Tingga, Commission on Filipinos Overseas - Stock estimation of Filipinos overseas [note] [presentation]
- Samuel J. Clark, University of Washington - Health and Demographic Surveillance Systems and the Post-2015 Agenda [note] [presentation]
Session 5 - Complementing traditional data sources with alternative acquisition, analytic and visualization approaches to ensure better utilization of data for sustainable development
- Emmanuel Letouzé, Data-Pop Alliance - Demography, meet Big Data; Big Data, meet Demography: Reflections on the Data-Rich Future of Population Science [presentation]
- Robert Kirkpatrick, Global Pulse - Driving a Big Data Revolution for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action [Presentation]
- Bruce Campbell, UNFPA - Complementing traditional data sources with alternative acquisition, analytic and visualization approaches to ensure better utilization of data for sustainable development [Presentation]
- Alejandro M. Blei, New York University - Monitoring Global Urban Expansion Using Remote Sensing and a Network of City-Based Researchers [note] [Presentation]
- UNPD UNICEF, Crowd Sourcing [Presentation]
Session 6 - Data disaggregation and utilization challenges: Prospects for the integration of multiple data sources to produce estimates for different geographical scales and time periods
- Steven Ruggles - A Note on Data Challenges for the Development Agenda: Observations from IPUMS [note] [Presentation]
- Alex de Sherbinin - CIESIN’s Experience in Mapping Population and Poverty [note] [Presentation]
- Andrew Tatem - Mapping population numbers, demographics and behaviours: The WorldPop perspective [note] [Presentation]
- Mark R. Montgomery - Integrating Demographic and Spatial Data for the SDGs - Analytic Use of Multiple Data Sources [presentation]
Session 7 - Role of empirical observations and model-based estimates with uncertainty for global and country-level monitoring
- Colin Mathers, WHO - WHO's experience with Maternal Mortality and Global Health Estimates [Presentation]
- Danzhen You, UNICEF - Experience of child mortality estimates [Presentation]
- Adrian E. Raferty - Estimating Population and Health Quantities and their Uncertainty from Data of Limited Quality [note] [presentation]
For information about the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Targets, consult the Draft outcome document of the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
The list of proposed goals, followed by their respective targets can be found on page 14 of the English version.
The list of proposed SDGs Indicators under discussion by the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), as of 11 August 2015, is available here.
More information about IAEG-SDGs is available here.
More information about the past and upcoming sessions of the Commission on Population and Development Goals can be found here.