64th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians

27/04/2016 – 29/04/2016, Paris, France

The Conference of European Statisticians, hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), provides a platform for the coordination of international statistical work in the UNECE region, for addressing emerging issues and for developing methodological guidelines and recommendations to improve national statistics and their international comparability. The CES is one of the oldest statistical bodies globally, with its roots in the League of Nations and the first Conference on Statistics in 1928. Over the years, the Conference has played a significant role in promoting statistical development in its member countries…more

International Civil Society Week

25/04/2016 – 28/04/2016, Bogota, Colombia

CIVICUS and the Colombian Confederation of NGOs (CCONG) will host the upcoming 2016 International Civil Society Week. Under the banner of “Active Citizens, Accountable Actions”, ICSW 2016 will feature more than two dozen events organised by leading civil society organisations. Delegates can look forward to events on civic space, monitoring and accountability of the new Sustainable Development Goals, youth engagement in policy development, global citizenship, advocacy and many others. In addition to plenary sessions, workshops and meetings, the week will also feature documentary screenings, art exhibitions, and local cultural activities. The experiential component of the programme will allow participants to reflect on Colombia’s past and present struggles, and how these relate to their own struggles for social justice and peaceful societies at home...more

Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on Data Protection and Privacy: Implications for Trade and Development

19/04/2016 – 20/04/2016, Geneva, Switzerland

As part of United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) E-Commerce Week, this ad hoc expert meeting will contribute to ensure global communication on the subject to understand emerging topics in data protection and privacy, new challenges and opportunities, as it relates to unlocking the potential for cross-border trade. Industry players and consumers, as well as governments and international organizations will present their perspectives and outline the latest developments, current practices and relevant frameworks…more

The Future of Development Data

14/04/2016, Washington, DC, USA 

Our community envisions a powerful role for data and technology in the post- 2015 development agenda. But what specific needs will we address first? Which data and tools are most important? And how do we use data to achieve results for real people? This panel, hosted by Development Gateway, Global Development Network, and Locus Analytics, will articulate perspectives on these issues from each element of the development data “ecosystem” — local-level data collection, analysis and visualizations, dissemination, and use for decision-making. The session will begin with a series of fast-paced, visual lightning talks by practitioners and researchers working toward data-driven development, followed by a lively debate and questions from the audience…more

Aid Agencies Committed to Transparency: So Who’s Delivered and Who Hasn’t?

13/04/2016, Washington, DC, USA

Every major donor organization has committed to open their books in terms of how aid is being spent and delivered. The deadline for delivering on these political commitments was December 2015. This joint Center for Global Development and Publish What You Fund event will reveal who has delivered on these promises and who has not, with the unveiling of the results of Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index, the leading global measure on the state of aid transparency…more

Rethinking development cooperation for the SDG’s: country-level perspectives and lessons

06/04/2016 – 08/04/2016, Brussels, Belgium

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) DCF Belgium High-Level Symposium will address two specific themes: (i) Making development cooperation a better fit for implementing the 2030 Agenda in LDCs and other vulnerable contexts; and (ii) Adapting development cooperation institutions to the implementation of the new agenda. It aims to produce concrete guidance in these areas to policy makers and practitioners. Its findings will also be used to bring the views of the diverse range of stakeholders to the deliberations in the 2016 Development Cooperation Forum and beyond. The ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development and the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) will take the deliberations of the DCF into account….more

Building a Strong Community of Innovative and Forward Looking Leaders in Official Statistics

06/04/2016 – 08/04/2016, Yaounde, Cameroon

The International Statistical Institute, in collaboration with the African Development Bank, have organized this workshop with the overarching objective to build a strong community of innovative and visionary leaders in official statistics who will be able to take advantage of the data revolution and respond to the demands of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. The Workshop will focus on enhancing the leadership and managerial skills of top managers and will offer a platform for exchanging the best practices and innovations amongst peers. It will be built around discussions on the latest developments in statistical practice with the aim of improving the quality of national statistical systems. Innovative strategies for structural improvements of statistical offices and systems will be discussed…more

Partnering for Progress: Building Statistical Systems That Get Us to 2030

05/04/2016 – 07/04/2016, Paris, France

The PARIS21 Annual Meetings fall just shortly after the UN Statistical Commission where PARIS21 expects to agree on an indicator framework for measuring the SDGs. This year, in addition to updating you on our accomplishments and plans for the coming year, PARIS21 plans to organise a “tradeshow” where various partners can showcase and present their existing or new projects and initiatives that contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals agenda. PARIS21 will also hold two lively discussions on The Value of Data: From measurement to policy change and impact and the Changing Data Landscape: What impact and consequences for the PARIS21 Partnership?…more

Asian-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development

03/04/2016 – 05/04/2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene the third session of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2016) focusing on the theme, “Regional priorities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.” This first regional forum on sustainable development following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in September 2015 will shape the regional response to the 2030 Agenda…more