Launch and Panel Discussion of UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017: Korean Perspective

12/05/2017, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Facing a globalization backlash, rising inequality and environmental degradation, the UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2017 (2017 Survey) explores policy options for Asia and the Pacific economies to sustain and increase their economic dynamism while improving the quality of growth in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In view of the challenges, the 2017 Survey also highlights the importance of better governance and effective fiscal management. Hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, the launch of the 2017 Survey will feature Korea’s economic outlook and public financial management reforms, as well as its role in strengthening economic growth and financial infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region…more

The International Workshop on Industrial Statistics in the Central American and the Caribbean Region

09/05/2017 – 11/05/2017, Panama City, Panama

The International Workshop on Industrial Statistics in the Central American and the Caribbean Region, organized by STAT/DESA in collaboration with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean  will focus on enhancing the capacity of national statistical systems of the Central American and the Caribbean Region countries in the area of industrial statistics. Staff of the national statistical offices and central banks will gain practical and methodological knowledge of issues related to the implementation of the United Nations International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics (IRIS) 2008 and the International Recommendations for the Index of Industrial Production (IRIIP) 2010. They will also gain practical and methodological knowledge of issues relating to SDG indicators and other indicator frameworks linked to industrial statistics…more

Sustainable Development Goals Data Archive-a-thon

06/05/2017, Washington, D.C., USA

Hosted by the Center for Open Data Enterprise, the SDG Data Archive-a-thon is an opportunity for programmers, archivists, scientists and volunteers of all kinds to help preserve publicly accessible federal data resources in the public interest. The goal of this event is to archive the datasets used to report on the SDG indicators and to ensure they remain accessible to the public online…more

Fourth Meeting of the Expert Group on Environment Statistics

03/05/2017 – 05/05/2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Organized by the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) and hosted by the Czech Statistical Office, the fourth meeting will discuss, inter alia: (i) the draft methodology sheets of the Manual for the Basic Set of Environment Statistics; (ii) the implementation of the FDES 2013 and the reporting template to summarize the results of the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT); (iii) environmentally-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators; (iv) the regular biennial data collection in water and waste statistics via the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics, as well as pilot testing in selected new areas; (v) best practices in environmentally-related censuses and surveys; and (vi) recent developments and plans in global work in climate change statistics and indicators…more

International Day of the Midwife

05/05/2017, Global

Midwives – and people with midwifery skills – are the main caregivers for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. Skilled midwives  are the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and infants every year. Yet there are massive midwife shortages around the world. UNFPA works at the global, regional and national level to scale up midwifery services, supporting training efforts and providing supplies and materials to midwifery institutions…more

Avoiding Data Graveyards: What Makes Development Data Fit for Purpose?

24/04/2017, Washington, D.C., USA

Hosted by AidData and Development Gateway, this event discusses the findings and the implications of the report, Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers and Users in Three Countries. This event will also have a panel discussion with leaders that fund, produce, promote, and use development data in their work. Together, we’ll look for ways to avoid data graveyards and ensure that calls for a data revolution have a greater likelihood of improving people’s lives…more

National Data Roadmap Forum

05/04/2017 – 06/04/2017, Accra, Ghana

The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), in collaboration with the SDGs Implementation Coordination Committee and with support from the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) and UNDP, and with guidance from the UN Data Group, hosted a National Data Roadmap Forum. The aim was to determine how to move forward regarding the production of and access to relevant user-friendly data, as well as to enable the achievement and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum marked the beginning of Ghana’s data roadmap process which will run in parallel over the lifetime of the SDGs…more