Principles and recommendations on Vital Statistics System

Expert Group Meeting on International Standards for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics will take place on 27-30 June in New York

DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on International Standards for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, which will review the Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, Rev. 2, published in 2001 by the UN (UN publication, Sales No. E.01.XVII.10).

The essential standard which the Principles and Recommendations promulgates – generating accurate, reliable and regular vital statistics from civil registration system – remains unchanged and valid. However, over the past 10 years several issues emerged that might require revisions and updates of the principles and recommendations, such as the increasing use of population registers as source of vital statistics, advances in modern technologies that have helped some countries in accelerating the improvement of their civil registration and vital statistics systems, and the development of statistical systems in countries.

The meeting will review the Principles and Recommendations for updates and elaborations and propose an outline for the next revision of the recommendations.

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Transitioning to low-carbon economy

DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development and Development Policy and Analysis Division organized an Expert Group Meeting on 19-20 May

The meeting was arranged with the purpose to engage international and national experts in a substantive discussion on appropriate modeling techniques to implement a project titled “Supporting National Government in the Transition to Low-Carbon Development Pathway”.

The project aims to assist countries in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy through enhancing policymakers’ capacity to promote green technologies, including renewable energy development, affordable access to clean energy for the poor, and support to industries and other economic sectors in adopting low-carbon technologies. The project proposes to start with the following group of countries in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.

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Education makes progress but challenges remain

Regional Ministerial Meeting was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 12-13 May on the theme “Key Education Challenges in Latin America and the Carribean: Teachers, Quality, and Equity”

The meeting—hosted by the Government of Argentina, in cooperation with UNDESA, UNESCO, UNICEF, and ECLAC—was held in preparation for the 2011 Annual Ministerial Review of ECOSOC. It was attended by a number of education ministers and vice-ministers from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as participants from Governments, regional organizations, the UN system, civil society and the private sector. ECOSOC was represented by Vice-President Ambassador Gonzalo Gutiérrez and Mr. Thomas Stelzer led DESA’s delegation.

Key messages emanating from the discussion include the following: LAC has made significant progress on the education agenda (primary education, gender equality in education, and adult literacy rates), but challenges remain. There is a need to develop strategies to address inequality in access to education and to improve education quality and to include civil society as a key partner in education policy. Bilateral donors and multilateral organization need to better harmonize their agendas and programmes and efforts are needed to promote the educational use of new technologies, as well mechanisms that facilitate the sharing of lessons learned on the use of ICTs in education.

A summary report containing a full list of policy recommendations from the meeting will be presented at the high-level segment of ECOSOC.

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