DUBAI, The Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, FCSA, participated in the 49th session of the annual meeting of the United Nations Statistical Commission, UNSC, at the UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was attended by chairmen and directors of statistical departments of many countries, as well as representatives of relevant international organisations.

Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the FSCA, said that the UAE's participation in the meeting is an opportunity to meet with international statistics experts and explore related topics and information, especially as the world is rapidly changing and using advanced technologies and innovation in the statistical process, as well as heading towards the future use of large and open data.

The meeting addressed many key topics, such as the information and indexes related to the Sustainable Development Plan 2030, as well as an update to a statistical organisation manual, titled, "New Data: Adding Value by Giving Access to Privacy and Security," whose objective is to guide senior statisticians in developing statistical capacity, updating their quality assurance framework, managing official statistics, and presenting their global knowledge of open data.

Many participating countries highlighted the value of open data and the progress of their national statistical offices, as well as the importance of the four pillars of adopting open data, which are partnership, technology, drafting legislation and capacity building. They also addressed other important topics, such as economic statistics on natural resources, agricultural statistics, national accounts, household surveys, climate change and energy statistics.

The meeting ended with a presentation of a report on the commission's activities during its 49th session, which includes draft resolutions to be presented to the UN Economic and Social Council.

Source: Emirates News Agency