The First Deputy Chairperson of the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus Kangro Irina participated in the 64-th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) and Workshop on strengthening statistical and institutional capacities of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) countries in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), that were held from 26 to 29 April 2016 in Paris (French Republic).
Within the context of the 64-th CES plenary session the recommendations on measuring human capital and ageing-related statistics as well as the report of the working group on circular migration were reviewed. Documents finalized based on the discussions will be submitted for the CES Bureau consideration. Furthermore, the issues of development of geospatial information services based on official statistics, the principle of confidentiality in this way of dissemination as well as building partnerships of statisticians with organisations in the information industry including the use of Big data for production of official statistics were discussed.
Decisions and documents adopted at the session will be analyzed in order to determine the possibility of their implementation in the statistical practice of the Republic Belarus.
At the Workshop on strengthening statistical and institutional capacities the issues of implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), UNECE work on statistics for SDG, implementation of the Generic Law on Official Statistics were discussed.
Irina Kangro provided a presentation on implementation of SEEA in the Republic Belarus. Belstat’s work on preparation of information base for the formation of the SEEA-Water Resources and SEEA-Energy Resources has been highly valued by the UNECE Statistics Division.
Given that implementation of SEEA will facilitate the monitoring of SDG as 10 of 17 goals more or less connected with SEEA indicators, representatives of the UNECE Statistics Division expressed their willingness to provide technical assistance in this matter to the countries if necessary.
During the seminar representatives of the UNECE Statistics Division noted, that the assessment of the statistical offices capacity for monitoring SDG indicators showed, that statisticians have the data and the methodology of calculation for 45 percent of indicators, for 25 percent of indicators there is an opportunity to receive the data, but there is no single international methodology of calculation, and for 30 percent of indicators there is no data or methodology. These are the global challenges for statisticians, so the work of global and regional statistical agencies to address data gaps for monitoring SDG indicators will continue. These issues will be discussed at the meetings of high-level groups and working groups, which will be held in May-September 2016.