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Countries in the Region Will Analyze Statistics Framework for Follow-Up to the 2030 Agenda

13 June 2016|Announcement

The Executive Committee of ECLAC’s Statistical Conference of the Americas Will Hold its Fifteenth Meeting at the regional organization’s headquarters June 14-16.

Representatives of national statistics institutes from countries in the region will participate on June 14-16 in Santiago, Chile in the XV Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Statistical Conference of the Americas (SCA), a subsidiary body of ECLAC, where attendees will analyze measurement and statistical coordination mechanisms for follow-up to the 2030 Agenda and will approve the activities planned for the 2016-2017 period.

The meeting will be inaugurated by the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena; the Vice President of Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), Félix Vélez, as President of the Executive Committee; and the Director of ECLAC’s Statistics Division, Pascual Gerstenfeld.

In addition to Mexico, which holds the Presidency, the SCA’s Executive Committee for 2016-2017 is made up of Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Spain and Uruguay (as agreed at the VIII Meeting of the Conference, which took place in Ecuador in November 2015), whose representatives will attend this gathering along with delegates from other SCA member countries.

A seminar on the statistics framework for follow-up of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place during the gathering, in line with a request made to ECLAC by member and associate countries at the organization’s Thirty-sixth session—held on May 23-27 in Mexico City—regarding the drafting of a proposal on this matter.

The Forum of the Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean on Sustainable Development, whose establishment was approved in Mexico, will be presented at this seminar. It will be convened every year under the auspices of ECLAC as a regional mechanism to follow-up and review the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The nine subsidiary bodies of ECLAC, the SCA among them, will be part of this forum.

In addition, a seminar on the progress and challenges of census processes in Latin America as of 2016 will be held on Monday, June 13 as a side event to the meeting. The seminar is organized jointly by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) with the support of Venezuela’s National Institute of Statistics, in its role as coordinator of the SCA’s working group on censuses, and of ECLAC’s Latin American and Caribbean Demographic Center (CELADE)-Population Division, which acts as that group’s technical secretariat.

Also, a joint meeting of the Executive Committees of the Regional Committee on UN Global Geospatial Information Management for the Americas (UN GGIM: Americas) and the SCA will take place on Friday 17.