This Stats Brief introduces the work of the Asia-Pacific Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics to develop statistical guidance on a basic range of disaster-related statistics. The initial focus of the work pertains to disaster occurrences and immediate impacts of disasters. One of the key challenges for improving harmonization of disaster-related statistics is the differences in the use of terminologies in the disaster risk reduction literature and in official statistics.
This Stats Brief traces the progress in Asia and the Pacific with reducing maternal mortality since 1990. It outlines the approaches used for estimating maternal mortality and highlights related challenges and limitations. It explains the value of comprehensive civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems as a sustainable data source for calculation of accurate maternal mortality indicators.
This Stats Brief outlines the need to enhance commitments and investments to strengthen gender statistics and indicators in the Asia-Pacific region in order to facilitate monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals and other national, regional and global commitments towards achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Supply and Use Tables are one of the building blocks of economic and environmental accounting and a quality assurance tool for computing reliable GDP figures and other macroeconomic aggregates. This Stats Brief introduces the main concepts and definitions concerning the Supply and Use Framework and gives a snapshot of current compilation of Supply and Use Tables in the Asia-Pacific region.
This Brief describes a potential statistical framework for analysing energy security. Calculations for a new dashboard of energy resources indicators are presented, using South-East Asia as a case study.
The Asia-Pacific Statistics Newsletter, Second Quarter 2015, provides information on the "Regional collaboration for statistics development and the post-2015 development agenda"; features an Interview with Mr Ramesh Kolli, former member of the National Statistical Commission, India; provides update on the areas of work; and announces important events and meetings.
The Working Paper Series on "Measuring Trade in Value Added: Concepts, Estimation and Analysis" aims to introduce the topic of Trade in Value Added (TiVA) and present the initial analysis of TiVA for selected regional ESCAP economies. The Paper introduces Global Value Chains (GVCs) and issues for the measurement of trade statistics due to the advent of GVCs. It further presents the TiVA estimation methodology, as defined in the literature, and talks about the data requirements for estimation.
While the proposed goals and targets for the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been subject to political negotiations through several stages, the international statistical community was in March 2015 entrusted with developing a set of indicators for monitoring global progress towards 2030, and guided by a continued political oversight after the post-2015 inter-governmental negotiations come to an end this September.
This issue of Stats Brief will aim to introduce some of the most common methods to compute average growth rates for time series data, and illustrate the impact of applying different methods for calculating average annual growth rates for GDP per capita and exports of merchandise. Statistical literature introduces several different methods, but there are no solid recommendations on which should be used under which circumstances. However, different methods may result in substantial differences in computed average growth rates.