The objective of the meeting was to share the Global Strategy’s progress and challenges/good examples with the ASEAN countries and stakeholders, and to discuss the appropriate sub-regional structure and a future statistics strategy to be mainstreamed at sub-regional level to enhance initiatives and functions of sub-regional institutions.
The growing demand by policymakers and decision makers for statistics based on information that is interlinked in economic, social, and environmental aspects requires the large-scale expansion of national efforts to implement statistical surveys, in terms of organization and budget. Therefore, the collection of data by integrating information from different sources is becoming a crucial requirement for the production of statistics.
The Global Office of the Global Strategy hosted 3 expert meetings at FAO headquarters, on 13-17 April 2015.
On the occasion of the 46th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), held on 3-6 March 2015, a report of the Global Steering Committee on the implementation of the Global Strategy was presented and successfully endorsed as follows.
Over sixty participants, including the leaders of the statistical systems of fourteen countries in the Asia and the Pacific region, which are implementing the Global Strategy, attended a Workshop on Strategic Planning for Agricultural and Rural Statistics organized by FAO in Bangkok, Thailand, on 17-19 March 2015.
The Global Office is pleased to announce that a series of expert meetings are set to take place in Rome at FAO headquarters on 13-17 April 2015.
A web page is now available on the CIS-STAT website at: http://www.cisstat.com/gsagr/ . The web page includes information and news on Global Strategy activities and events in the CIS region, as well as detailed information on the Start-up Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Strategy in the CIS Region that was held in Budapest on 4-5 February 2015.
The African Development Bank (AfDB), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture of Tunisia, organized a regional workshop in Hammamet from 26 to 29 January 2015, to support the implementation of the Action Plan to Improve Statistics for Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture, and Rural Development in Africa.
The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics has recently agreed to support the WAW initiative to build on the results achieved so far.
On the occasion of the 46th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), a report of the Global Steering Committee on the implementation of the Global Strategy will be presented for discussion, along with a summary of activities of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Agricultural and Rural Statistics on food consumption, and a report on the FAO 2020 World Programme for the Census of Agriculture.
Following the 9th meeting of the Global Steering Committee where the implementing partners of the Global Strategy were requested to address country-driven TA needs in parallel to the development of the SPARS, the African Development Bank conducted a survey in its regional member countries to identify priority areas.
The Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Food Security, Agricultural and Rural Statistics (IAEG‑AG) will be holding its first meeting on 28 February 2015, at the margins of the upcoming 46th Session of the UN Statistical Commission.