Since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration, the international statistical community and the countries of the region have been working in improving monitoring and reporting of the MDGs indicators, reducing discrepancies among values of indicators published by countries and those reported by the international agencies, and dealing with data gaps especially in countries with low statistical capacities.
Although progress has been made, there is still a lot that needs to be done aiming at strengthening the statistical and institutional capacities of official statistical agencies and other sectoral bodies, in order to improve the monitoring and follow-up of progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Within this context, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a Workshop on MDG Monitoring, in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC). The workshop will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 31 January to 3 February 2011.
The Workshop will bring together representatives from national statistical offices and Health Ministries to review recommendations for reporting of MDG data and to establish strategies for dealing with data discrepancies and data gaps at the national and international level, particularly for poverty, labor and health related MDG indicators.
Representatives from different regional and International agencies will also be attending in order to provide participants with skills needed to improve the production and dissemination of MDG indicators.