Upcoming session of the UN Statistical Commission

The 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission will take place next week during 8-11 March at the UN Headquarters in New York. This is an important event because the Commission will discuss the proposed global Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators. In these proposed global SDG indicators there are currently 11 explicit references to persons with disabilities in the areas of poverty eradication, education (2), employment (2), reducing inequalities, sustainable and inclusive cities (3), and peaceful and inclusive societies (2). Click here for more details on this.

Specifically, the Commission will discuss:

  • A global indicator framework, for monitoring the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda, to be submitted for endorsement by the Council and the General Assembly in line with their respective mandates
  • A proposed work plan to further develop the indicators that require refinement and/or methodological development
  • Proposed work plans for the implementation of the global indicator framework
  • A program of work for the Group for the following year


  • Revisions to the terms of reference of the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Post-2015 Monitoring
  • The proposed concept note for the organization of a forum in 2016 on world data
  • The program of work of the Group for the following year

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The UN Statistical Commission has provided some information regarding civil society participation at the session. For those who cannot attend in person, all formal meetings of the Commission will be webcast, through http://webtv.un.org/. An overflow room will be available on Tuesday, 8 March in Conference Room 12 to accommodate participants during the discussion on global SDG indicators.

Additionally, there will be approximately 80 side events and civil society participants are welcome to attend all open events. Click here for details on the schedule of side events. One of the scheduled events is on disability statistics, titled “Disability statistics: a key to inclusion. New data collection tools and partnerships.” This event will take place on 9 March at 6:15 p.m. at the Danny Kaye Visitors’ Center at UNICEF House (3 UN Plaza, E 44th St between 1st and 2nd Ave). This event is being organized by UNICEF, DPOD, International Disability Alliance, OHCHR, SightSavers, and the Washington Group on Disability Statistics.

Disability statistics will be discussed on 10 March. Read here for more details on this.

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