International Development: Ideas and Experience

15/01/2016, Bangkok, Thailand

​The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will host an Executive Secretary’s Seminar Series by Dr. David Malone on “International Development: Ideas and Experience”. Dr. David Malone will draw on the book International Development: Ideas, Practice and Prospects (2014)​, which he helped edit. He will discuss international efforts to promote development, which, starting in the early 1950s, were shaped largely by the ideas of the Scottish enlightenment. He will highlight that these ideas have been tested in newly decolonized and other developing countries, and found to be largely irrelevant to their local contexts. Building on this historical context, he will show that our wider thinking on development remains challenging, even today…more

Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Post-2015 Monitoring

14/01/2016 – 15/01/2016, New York, USA

​The United Nations Statistics Division​ is conducting the third meeting of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for post-2015 monitoring (HLG for post-2015 monitoring), to be held at the United Nations-New York, 14-15 January 2016. The main objectives of the meeting are to: review the mandate and working mechanisms of the group; discuss strategic aspects of the implementation of a global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Indicator framework, and discuss next steps in the HLG programme of work for 2016, including the organization of the World Forum on Sustainable Development Data …more

Accounting for the Informal Sector in SDG Statistics

11/01/2016 – 14/01/2016, Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

​As part of the African Project on ​the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts, the Expert Group Meeting on Statistics for SDGs: Accounting for Informal Sector in National Accounts will be organized by the African Centre for Statistics of ECA from 11 to 14 January 2016 in Addis Ababa. The purpose of the meeting is to (i) present the draft of the guidebook; (ii) share and exchange experiences and best practices of methodologies and procedures for collecting and compiling informal sector data; and (iii) share and exchange experiences and best practices on how to integrate the informal sector into national accounts. The meeting is expected to broaden delegates’ knowledge and help countries to improve the measurement of informal sector. Furthermore, the first draft of the Operational Guidebook on Accounting for Informal Sector in National Accounts will be reviewed and discussed with feedback on the follow-up revision and improvement…more