2nd Meeting with the Delegates of the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of the OIC Member Countries to the 41st Session of the UN Statistical Commission
Date : 25 February 2010 Venue : New York - USA

The 2nd Meeting of the NSOs of the OIC Member Countries and the SESRIC was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA on 25 February 2010 at 3.00 – 5.00 pm as a side event of the 41st Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission.

The meeting brought together 41 representatives from the NSOs of OIC Member Countries and also it was attended by the delegates of United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the Statistical Office of the European Union (EUROSTAT) and the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21).

At the outset, Dr. Savaş Alpay, Director General of SESRIC, thanked all representatives for their participation and expressed the determination of SESRIC for the continuation of this side event. In this regard, he acknowledged that the idea of an annual meeting of NSOs was also brought in the previous side event of SESRIC at the 40th UN Statistical Commission and informed the participants about the steps taken afterwards.

After addressing that the Meeting of the NSOs of OIC Member Countries is organized jointly with IDB, Dr. Alpay briefed the participants about the tentative agenda in order to enhance the content of the meeting through their feedbacks. He especially noted that the theme of the meeting “Statistics for Development in Post-Crisis World” would be discussed under 4 topics,which are:

  1. Better statistics for better policy response during and post-crisis world
  2. NSOs and data demand on emerging development issues
  3. Capacity building initiatives at the OIC level
  4. Bridging the communication gap between data users and providers.

He mentioned that the meeting in Istanbul would be a valuable opportunity to increase cooperation and collaboration among OIC Member Countries. He also informed the participants that the SESRIC undertakes strong and close cooperation with the international and regional organizations with a view to promote the cooperation level up and far to the best through providing training and capacity building programmes to the OIC Member Countries. In line with this view, the relevant organizations were also invited to the meeting.

At the end of the side event, some member countries, namely Indonesia, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Turkey and UAE took the floor to address their views and emphasized the importance of the coming event in Istanbul for the NSOs of the OIC Member Countries.