1. It has become a practice that the Working
Group of Statistical Experts consider the provisional
agenda for the coming session of the Committee
on Statistics. Since the establishment of
the Bureau of the Committee, and under its terms
of reference, the Bureau has been reviewing the
provisional agendas of the Committee and the Working
Group before they are finalized. It is expected
that the Bureau will continue with this function.
The provisional agenda for the Committee, as amended,
remains tentative and will be suitably refined
and finalized by the Bureau before the next Committee
2. As discussed elsewhere in the documentation
for the Working Group session, the Commission
is scheduled to review resolution 53/1 at its
fifty-eighth session in April 2002. The
Commission in 2001 endorsed the report of the
Committee at its twelfth session, in which the
Committee had made the case for its continued
existence in any new conference structure.
There is at the time of writing no indication
that the Committee on Statistics would be abolished,
but changes to the conference, secretariat, and
programme structures are likely to occur and these
changes might affect the organization of the Committee.
Until a final decision is taken, the Working Group
may want to consider a status quo scenario with
regard to the conference structure, and to deliberate
on the provisional agenda of the Committee in
3. The following is an outline of a draft provisional
agenda for the Committee's thirteenth session,
for review by the Bureau under its terms of reference
and subsequently by the Working Group of Statistical
- Opening of the
- Adoption of the agenda.
- Overview of significant
global and regional issues in official statistics.
- Statistical indicators
for monitoring the Millennium Declaration
and other international development goals.
- Poverty statistics
- International Comparison
- Measuring the knowledge-based
- .....[emerging issues]
- Reports for the
attention of the Committee:
- Report of the Bureau,
including implementation of the recommendations
of the Committee at its eleventh and twelfth
- Report of the Working
Group of Statistical Experts;
- Report on major statistical
activities of regional and international
- Reports concerning
the Statistical Institute for Asia and
the Pacific, including the reports of
the Governing Board.
- Programme matters:
to the programme of work, 2002-2003;
- Outline of the programme
of work, 2004-2005.
- Other matters.
- Election of the Bureau.
- Adoption of the report.
Should there be any significant change in the
conference structure of the Commission, it will
presumably be necessary for the Committee to examine
its terms of reference, in addition to discussing
the above items.
4. Additionally, the Bureau and Working Group
may wish to consider whether there should be an
"open forum" type of discussion during the thirteenth
session of the Committee, and if so what the topic(s)
might be. Alternatively, this might be left
for the Bureau to decide on nearer to the dates
of the meeting.
5. Apart from the agenda, the Bureau and the
Working Group might like to consider the venue
and date of the thirteenth session of the Committee.
The venue will be Bangkok unless a member State
offers to host the meeting elsewhere, which would
entail shouldering the additional costs involved.
As to the timing, the Committee has usually met
in November of even years. It may be helpful
to settle at this stage on definite dates, to
facilitate planning on the part of members and
associate members as well as the secretariat.
The secretariat will provide the Bureau and Working
Group with some alternatives after having checked
the overall ESCAP conference schedule for 2002,
which will shortly be drawn up.