DESA News Vol. 11, No. 8 August 2007

Technical cooperation

Boosting national gender statistics

Inter-regional workshop targets statistics on women’s economic participation

In 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action pointed out a need for better data on the contribution of women and men to the economy. Better data in turn implies enhanced capacity of countries to collect, disseminate and use reliable gender statistics. An inter-regional workshop is being organized by DESA’s Statistics Division from 6 to 10 August, in collaboration with UNFPA in New Delhi, as part of its global gender statistics programme.

The workshop is intended to provide participants with the skills needed to identify relevant issues in the production and dissemination of official gender statistics. Emphasis will be placed labour market segregation, informal employment, time use, and access to and ownership of economic resources. At the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to support their respective national gender statistics programmes, and contribute to statistical activities at the regional and international levels. The workshop is hosted by the Government of India.

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Energy indicators for sustainable development

Collecting reliable data remains a challenge in Southern Africa

Building capacities to improve basic energy statistics and indicators in the Southern African Development Community area is the goal of a workshop to be held from 21 to 24 August in Port Louis, Mauritius. The Statistics Division and the Division for Sustainable Development in DESA are teaming up with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the SADC Secretariat to prepare for the event. Mauritius has an impressive system for collecting energy statistics that could serve as a model for other SADC countries, where data compilation methods are less advanced. Among other things, close cooperation between energy authorities and statistical offices is required to produce authoritative numbers, but inter-agency collaboration is not always as smooth as it could be.

Another aim of the workshop is to encourage regional cooperation, provide a forum for exchange of information on the status of the national energy statistics, and foster development of a network of energy statisticians in SADC countries.

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