21-23 January 2008
The Government of Qatar has a GCC mandate to lead sub-regional work in the area of statistics. As such, the Government of Qatar has approached the Human Development Report Office and the Regional Bureau for Arab States for technical support to organize a GCC technical workshop on statistics and measuring human development.
The Government of Qatar organized the regional statistics workshop, which took place from 21-23 January 2008. The event complemented other work being facilitated by UNDP and its partners in the region in support of the MDGs, as well as the 2009 GCC Human Development Report.
There is a need in particular to:
The objective of the workshop was to increase the quality and policy relevance of statistical work in the GCC region. Innovative measurement work were encouraged, while adhering to statistical standards. Through technical guidance, substantive exchanges and the sharing of experiences, the workshop sought to develop the competencies to support human development policies based on comprehensive and objective data.
The workshop drew on guidelines put forth by the recently published UNDP Statistical Primer on HD Measurement, as well as other materials and experience specific to the GCC region. The Primer follows the lines of the HDR Toolkit, providing guidelines, basic statistical principles, country examples and concrete tools.
The workshop aimed to:
This initiative was a face-to-face community-building initiative for national statistical specialists, as well as members of the international statistics community.
The workshop brought together:
The workshop was conducted over a three day period of both plenary and smaller breakout sessions held simultaneously.
Discussions focused on:
Documents available for download:
News article on the event: Meet on development index begins Gulf Times, 22 Jan 2008
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