Dealing with discrepancies and gaps of MDG data

Workshop on MDG Monitoring will be held in Geneva from 8-11 November

The workshop, which is organized by STAT/DESA in collaboration with UNECE, will bring together national statistical offices and international agencies and provide an opportunity to explore ways to reconcile national and international data and review recommendations for the reporting of MDG data. The workshop will aim to establish strategies for dealing with data discrepancies and data gaps at the national and international level, particularly for health related MDG indicators.

This event will also provide national statistical offices with training in the production and efficient dissemination of data for MDGs monitoring (Maria Martinho, 3-4947).

For more information: http://www.unece.org/stats/documents/2010.11.mdg.htm

Monitoring the MDGs

The 18th Inter-agency and Expert Group Meeting on MDG indicators will be held from 30 November – 2 December in Geneva, Switzerland

The meeting is part of the regular consultation with both national and international experts to review and discuss issues related to the MDG monitoring. It will focus on localizing the MDG indicators, country capacity building and creation of appropriate frameworks for monitoring national development, as well as the coordination of related technical cooperation activities in countries. The meeting will also plan the production of the global MDG monitoring outputs for 2011 (Maria Martinho, 3-4947).

For more information: http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Host.aspx?Content=Capacity/Geneva.htm

Responding to the statistical needs of the global economic and financial crisis

International Seminar on Early Warning and Business Cycle Indicators will take place in Moscow from 17-19 November

This is the final seminar organized by DESA’s Statistics Division and Eurostat in cooperation with the hosts of the three seminars, Statistics Canada (Ottawa, May 2009), Statistics Netherlands (Scheveningen, December 2009) and the Federal eState Statistics Service of the Russian Federation. These seminars are held in response to the call made in the fortieth Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2009 for swift and coordinated statistical initiatives by countries and international organizations in response to the global economic and financial crisis.

The seminars will focus on the methodologies for compiling and releasing of high quality rapid (or ‘flash’) estimates, their international comparability, the communication strategy for such estimates and their analytical indicators on the performance of the real sector of the economy and the financial markets for effective macroeconomic monitoring.

The third international seminar is expected to formulate recommendations for the monitoring of business cycles and the early identification of turning points, as well as strategies for future work on improving statistical tools for this purpose. The outcome will be formulated as recommendations that will be presented to the United Nations Statistical Commission at its next session in March 2011.

For more information:

Ottawa seminar: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2009/ottawa/ac188-2.asp

Scheveningen seminar: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2009/netherlands/ac202-2.asp

Moscow seminar: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/nationalaccount/workshops/2010/moscow/ac223-2.asp