The Statistician General, Anna Majelantle, will depart for New York on 20th February to attend the 44th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission from 22nd February to 3rd March, 2013, Statistics Botswana said on Friday.
The United Nations Statistical Commission, which was established in 1947, meets annually. The Commission is the apex entity in the international statistical system where international statistical standards, development of concepts and methods and official statistics principles are considered and approved.
The Statistical Commission also oversees the work of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), and is a Functional Commission of the UN Economic and Social Council.
Attendees include Members States’ Chief (CEOs) Statisticians from around the world, Sub Regional and Regional Development Partners, Statistical Training Institutes, Researchers and other stakeholders.
Botswana, being a member of the United Nations, was represented by the then Government Statistician, who is now the Statistician General, during the Statistical Commission sessions in February 2010 and was elected as 2nd of the three Vice Chairpersons of the Bureau of the Commission. Botswana was, again, through Statistician General, elected as the rapporteur of the Commission during 2011 and 2012 sessions.
The 44th session of the Commission will discuss, among others, a programme review on developing statistical-spatial framework in national statistical systems, a global review of the implementation of Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics and the proposed revision of the Framework for the Development of Environmental Statistics.
At Statistics Botswana, we are greatly honoured to have Botswana represented at such a global statistical forum.
Benefits of attending these meetings include participating and receiving reviewed internationally agreed standards and statistical methods for incorporation in our national statistical processes. The use of these internationally recognized standards are useful as guiding tools in the compilation of statistical information like that for MDGs and Vision 2016 monitoring processes.
The Statistician General returns home on the 4th March, 2013.