DESA News Vol. 11, No. 9 September 2007

Technical cooperation

Upgrading manufacturing statistics in Latin America

A programme to develop comprehensive and comparable manufacturing statistics in Latin American is about to begin with a workshop on the issue to be held from 24 to 26 September in Rio de Janeiro. Participants from eleven Latin American countries will review the state of manufacturing statistics in the region, with an emphasis on scope, definitions, measurement and methodology used in data compilation. The workshop is being organized by the DESA Statistics Division in collaboration with the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística.

Regional electoral resource centres

A website on the administration and cost of elections (ACE) was launched by the United Nations in 1998. Almost ten years on, in July 2007, the project partners held a workshop in Stockholm to welcome the joining of nine regional centres to the project, and to provide them with background information and practical training on the use of the site. The main objective of the workshop, organized by the DESA Division for Public Administration and Development Management and the other seven ACE partner organizations, was to empower public administrators to disseminate information and support electoral managers in their own regions.

Ms. Almaz Atnafu of DESA delivered a presentation on the history of the ACE project and the role played by DESA as one of its three founding members. DESA is the author of four of the twelve sections of the ACE site.

The current members of ACE are Elections Canada, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the International Foundation for Electoral Assistance, the Federal Electoral Institute of Mexico (IFE), DESA, DPA, and UNDP. The European Commission has been an ex officio partner since March 2007.

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