The Sixteenth Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
Date : 01-03 September 2010 Venue : Vienna - Austria

The Sixteenth Session of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) was held in Vienna from 1 to 3 September 2010. It was hosted jointly by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency. The session was held at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Dr. Sıdıka Başçı, Director of Statistics and Information Department represented SESRIC during the Sixteenth Session of the CCSA.

After the adoption of the agenda on day one a special session on Human Capital started. The organizing committee for this session was Eurostat, UNIDO, UNODC, World Trade Organization (WTO) and OECD. The objective of the special session was to address the current challenges in human resources management (HRM) in the specific environment of international organizations. Some of the highlighted topics of the session were:

  • Staff exchange programmes between National Statistical Organizations (NSOs)
  • Coaching Programmes – One person from one NSO can coach some other person from another NSO
  • Staff exchange programmes between International Organizations
  • Training of international statisticians
  • Young statisticians discussion groups – without an instructor
  • Importance of managerial training
  • Differences between back office (data base) and front office (technical cooperation)

Two task forces were created during the special session. The first task force will work on defining the profile of international statisticians and will inform the outsiders like academicians about this profile. In this regard, meetings between these two groups will be organized. Under the leadership of WTO; UNIDO, UNECE, UNPD and SESRIC constitutes the task force one. The second task force will work on identifying the training opportunities and staff exchange programmes.

Other agenda items of the Session were Inventory on Global Statistical Standards, Global Statistical System, Capacity Building Activities-PRESS, Use of Non-official Data, Establishment of a Network of Statisticians Working in International Organizations, Dissemination of Micro Data by International Organizations, World Statistics Day, Evaluation of the 2010 Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations, SDMX.

The Seventeenth Session of CCSA will be held on 21 February 2011 in New York and the Eighteenth Session of CCSA will be held on 6 to 8 September 2011 in Luxemburg. The secretariat of the Session will be Eurostat.

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