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  1. Mapping the international data system Professor Denise Lievesley Head of School of Social Science and Public Policy, King’s College London and Chair, European Statistical Advisory Committee

  2. UN New York • UN statistics division • UN population division • Reporting to Economic and Social Research Council of the UN

  3. UN Statistics Division • Co-ordination of statistical activities • Publication of compendia • Censuses • Secretariat of the UN Statistical Commission • UN Population Division • Population estimates and projections

  4. UN Specialist Agencies ”sister” UN New York UN Specialist Agencies ”daughter” UN Regional Bodies

  5. Example daughter agencies • UNDP • UNFPA • UNICEF • Users of data rather than data agencies


  6. Example sister agencies • UNESCO • FAO • WHO • UNIDO

  7. Regional bodies of the UN • Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) • Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) • Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) • Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) • Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

  8. Technical capacity building International classifications Monitoring the effectiveness of aid Promoting good practice in statistics Guardianship of cross-national databases Advocacy for evidence-based policies Tracking internationalaid Methodological and technical projects Analysis and interpretation of cross-national data The international statistician

  9. Example : Activities of UIS • Collection and dissemination of cross-nationally comparable data on education, science, technology, culture and communications • Providing a forum for sharing of statistical information • Technical capacity building within countries for users and producers of data • Analysis and interpretation of international data (often in partnership with others) • Special methodological and technical projects; conceptual development; establishment and maintenance of international classifications; setting norms

  10. UN Statistical Commission • Annual meeting in New York • Heads of National Statistical Institutes (permanent, rotational and observer) • Observer heads of statistics for UN bodies and other bodies ( eg Bretton Woods establishments) and NGOs • Programme of work • Friends of the Chair • City groups • REGIONAL COMMISSIONS TOO

  11. Co-ordination committee of statistical activities • Specialist and regional agencies of the UN • Other relevant bodies (IMF, WORLD BANK, OECD, EUROSTAT) • Share experiences • Debate differences • Co-ordinate activities • Work together

  12. Policies on data • Data collection – voluntary or compulsory? • Who collects what? (concept of a lead agencies) • Data formats • Pricing • Involvement with users

  13. Statistical capacity building • Regional bodies such as SIAP in Tokyo • Initiatives of bilateral as well as multi-lateral and regional bodies • PARIS 21 • Established in 1999 • Sets policies and co-ordinates activities • Represents the ‘users’