The UN Statistical Commission kicks of its 49th session on 6 March 2018. Among agenda items of interest, the Commission will review the reports of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators and the High-level Group for Partnerships, Coordination and Capacity Building for the 2030 Agenda. There will be critical discussions on data flows from national to global levels, and the respective roles of national statistical offices and international statistical agencies with regard to the validation and harmonization of official statistics used for SDG reporting.
The Statistical Commission will also consider a proposal by the UK, supported by UNDP, to establish a formal working group, the Titchfield Group on Age-Disaggregated Data and Ageing-related Statistics, dedicated to addressing data gaps pertaining to older persons, an issue that will be critical to meet the "Leave No One Behind" principle of the 2030 Agenda, given current population trends. (Note: working groups in the Statistical Commission are traditionally named after a host city).
As always, a number of side events are being convened during the Commission, including on issues of relevance to UNDP such as multidimensional poverty, ageing statistics, governance statistics (Full side events calendar here).
All the documentation is available on the Commission's website, and formal sessions will be live-streamed on UN Web TV.