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Regional Advisor - Statistics

Mr. Steven Vale

Mr. Vale has been Regional Adviser since 2016, having served in other roles with UNECE since 2007. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Economic Accounting and Law at the University of Wales, he completed his formation at the Royal Statistical Society (UK). His extensive experience in the sector includes, among others, the Statistical Office of the European Communities as a Detached National Expert, the British Office for National Statistics in charge of Analysis and Survey functions, and various statistic fields in the United Nations. As Coordinator and Quality Manager, he was responsible for the development of UNECE's system of statistic databases and as Head of Statistical Information and Methodology Unit he coordinated the modernization of the statistical production.

For more information, email: steven.vale@un.org

 

Technical assistance in statistics aims to provide senior government officials in the UNECE region with expertise of a broad nature in official statistics, and especially capacity building for official statistics. Our technical cooperation activities are demand-driven, results oriented and concentrated on countries with economies in transition of Eastern and Southeast Europe as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia. 

Capacity building for official statistics implies a series of interrelated activities, covering economic, social, and environmental statistics and indicators, in order to facilitate the transition to the market economy, the monitoring of progress toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, and institutional and structural aspects of the statistical system. 

The task of the Regional Adviser on Statistics is to promote the implementation of commonly agreed international statistical standards for use in national official statistics, so that policymakers and users of statistical information can be provided with the relevant data they need, which are at the same time methodologically sound and internationally comparable. This task consists of bilateral meetings with national statistical offices on request of governments, organization of sub-regional workshops and training courses for senior statistical officials and users of statistics. 

The Regional Adviser coordinates and ensures the compatibility of technical cooperation activities carried out by professional staff of the Statistics Division, e.g. population census, gender statistics, national accounts, and implementation of Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. He also acts as a rapporteur to the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) on technical cooperation activities of the Division. 

To accomplish these tasks in an efficient and effective way, linkages have been established with the regular programme of work of UNECE subsidiary bodies, in particular the CES. Linkages are actively developed with other institutions and organizations such as the European Union, OECD, the World Bank, the Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS, the UN Statistics Division in New York, UNFPA, UNDP and other international organizations. 

More information about the plans for Regional Advisory Services in Statistics in 2018-2019 can be accessed here.

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