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Crucial role of data for SDGS to be highlighted at 62nd World Statistics Congress

Bangkok - 09 Aug 2019

News Number: N/17/2019

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will bring experiences from across the region in a series of events on big data, civil registration and vital statistics, governance statistics, wellbeing, geospatial applications, statistical literacy and measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) progress at the 62nd International Statistical Institute (ISI) World Statistics Congress.

The ISI World Statistics Congress is the largest global forum for statisticians from governments, academia and business, and showcases the latest development in statistics. Over 2,500 participants are expected to participate in the 62nd session, which will be held from 18 to 23 August in Kuala Lumpur and hosted by the Department of Statistics Malaysia.

In conjunction with the Congress, ESCAP, as a member of the UN Global Working Group on Big Data, is supporting a Symposium on Data Science and Official Statistics from 15 to 17 August. Speakers from China, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea will be sharing their experiences on modernizing official statistics in Asia and the Pacific.

ESCAP has also organized a special topic session to showcase developments in the use of big data and other new data sources for official statistics. The session will be held on 23 August and brings together speakers from China, Nepal, Thailand and the Philippines. Australia will chair the session, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs Statistics Division (UN DESA) will be a discussant.

ESCAP at 62nd World Statistics Congress Highlights:

15 – 17 AUGUST
0900 – 1700hrs, Sasana Kijang
Symposium on Data Science and Official Statistics: Modernisation of Official Statistics in Asia and the Pacific

0530hrs, Dataran Merdeka Kuala Lumpur
Inaugural World Statistics Run

1600 – 1740hrs, Meeting Room 305, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Improving Statistical Literacy in a Digital Age: Challenges for Developing Countries (STS-384)

1600 – 1740hrs, Meeting Room 406, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Every Policy is Connected (EPIC): A Generic Tool for Policy-data Integration (CPS-1931)

0730 – 0850hrs, Ten-on-Call, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (RSVP required)
Women in Statistics Networking Meeting

0850 – 1000hrs, Conference Hall 1, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Walking through Previously Uncharted Territories: Governance, Crime and Drug Statistics - Sharing Asia and Pacific Experiences in Measuring SDG16 (Special Invited Paper Session 358: IAOS President’s Address)

1030-1230hrs, Conference Hall 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Developing Successful Partnerships for Capacity Building in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics to Meet the Needs of the SDGs: Regional Partnerships in Asia and the Pacific (STS-509)

1250 – 1345hrs, Meeting Room 304, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
The Challenges and Partnerships of Official Statistics in the Era of Big Data

1400 – 1540hrs, Meeting Room 305, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Methodological Development of Global SDG Indicators: SDGs Progress Assessment in Asia and the Pacific (IPS175)

1030 -1230hrs, Banquet Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Early Career Awards (SIPS-2241)

1030 – 1230hrs, Meeting Room 403, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Intra-country Comparison of Poverty and Living Conditions: Influence Factors, Statistical Methods and Applications (IPS-264)

1400 – 1540, Meeting Room 306, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Geospatial Information for International Statistics: Sharing Asia and Pacific Experiences in Geospatial Applications (STS-583)

1030 – 1230hrs, Meeting Room 410, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Using Big Data for Official Statistics – The Asia and Pacific Experience (STS-700)

1030 – 1230hrs, Meeting Room 304, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Measuring Wellbeing at Local Level to Fine-Tune Public Policies (IPS-246)

1030-1230hrs, Conference Hall 2, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
Developing Effective Models of Public-Private Partnerships in National Statistical Ecosystems: Lessons from Asia (IPS-277)

Please note the above schedule is subject to change. The updated timetable is available at:

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About the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP):
ESCAP comprises of 53 members and nine associate members that are home to over 60 per cent of the world’s population. This makes ESCAP the most comprehensive of the five UN regional commissions and the largest UN intergovernmental body serving the Asia-Pacific region. ESCAP provides an intergovernmental forum for its member States to promote regional cooperation and collective action, assisting countries in building and sustaining shared economic growth, social equity and environmental sustainability.

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