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Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB), May Meeting

The next PSMB meeting is taking place in Auckland

New Zealand, 23rd‐24th May 2019

The third meeting of the Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB) will occur from 23 to 24 May, 2019, at Statistics New Zealand's office in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Pacific Regional workshop on Legal Identity and Identity Security

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The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) in collaboration with the Public Health division of the Pacific Community (SPC) is organising a regional workshop on Legal Identity and Identity Security that will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia on the 8th to 10th of July 2019. The workshop aims to review progress and to build momentum towards the achievement of target 16.9 of the global sustainable development agenda (which commits states to achieving universal legal identification), and to address critical issues surrounding the establishment of robust civil registration systems including reviewing the role of Health information systems.

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PARIS21 Board Meeting

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) was founded in November 1999 by the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank, in response to the UN Economic and Social Council resolution on the goals of the UN Conference on Development.

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Republic of Fiji Vital Statistics Report 2012-2017

Fiji’s vital statistics report provides statistics pertaining to live births registered by the Civil Registration Office of Fiji during period 2012–2017, and deaths recorded by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) during years 2015–2017. The civil registration office recorded 88.5% and 93% of births and deaths that occurred in Fiji within this period respectively.

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Revenue Statistics in Asian and Pacific Economies, Meeting

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'The Revenue Statistics in Asian and Pacific Economies publication is jointly undertaken by the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration and the OECD Development Centre with the co-operation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Pacific Island Tax Administrators Association (PITAA), and the Pacific Community (SPC) with the financial support of the European Union and the Government of Japan.

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South-South Exchange in Metadata and Microdata management Workshop

Promoting statistical South-South Cooperation in the Pacific Islands region

Building capacity and implementing international good practices for survey data management involves development of documentation, dissemination and preservation of micro-datasets. The objective of the South-South collaborative workshop is to build sustainable capacity in the region to manage microdata efficiently using some of the international standards, tools and guidelines for better data documentation and dissemination.

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Regional HIES Sampling and Planning Workshop

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Niue Vital Statistics Report 2012-2016

This is the second analytical report for Niue’s vital statistics based on civil registration data. This report covers birth, death and cause of death data collected in years 2012-2016, with comparisons made to previous years to show trends. Work for this project was supported by the Brisbane Accord Group of agencies under the leadership of the Pacific Community (SPC), Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The support from UNESCAP was made as part of the a project to strengthen National Capacity in Producing and Disseminating Vital Statistics, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies Data for Health Initiative.

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Populating labour market indicators and standardising microdata Workshop, 3-7 Dec. 2018

The workshop is to be delivered in partnership between the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Pacific Community (SPC), with funding support from the World Bank through the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), for the benefit of multiple Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

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Sub-regional training on medical certification of causes of death, Tonga, 05-07 Dec. 2018

The Brisbane Accord Group is in the process of organising a sub-regional training for doctors on medical certification of causes-of-death that will be held on 5-7th December 2018 in the Kingdom of Tonga. This training is jointly organised by SPC, WHO, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Queensland University of Technology, Fiji National University, and UNFPA, and is provided as a part of the Public Health and Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics work programme.

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QGIS Workshop

Regional Workshop on the Use of Geographical Information Systems for the Conduct of Agricultural and Population Censuses and Surveys

Noumea, 19-23 Nov. 2018

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Tuvalu HIES 2016 Report

The Tuvalu HIES 2016 report is the first official output from the Tuvalu 2015/2016 HIES. The objective of the report is to present the main statistical tables, focusing on HH income and expenditure, and to provide a summary of the survey procedures and results.

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Workshop on 'Improving data dissemination and use in the Pacific Island Countries'

Background of Project:

The project titled “Improving data dissemination and use in the Pacific Island Countries” is funded by the World Bank, through the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building, and implemented by SPC’s Statistics for Development Division (SDD) in partnership with SPC Members. The project will run until the end of 2019.

There are three overarching components to the project, including:

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Pacific Statistics Standing Commitee (PSSC) Meeting

The next PSSC Meeting is taking place in Nadi, Fiji

Nadi, 1st-2nd Nov. 2018

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Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB), Oct. Meeting

The second PSMB meeting is taking place in Nadi, Fiji

Nadi, 30-31TH Oct. 2018

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South-to-South Workshop on Civil Registration, Fiji - Oct 2018

Improving storage and archival of civil registration records and documents - Workshop, 1-3 October 2018

BAG in collaboration with the Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN), the National Archives of New Zealand, the Pacific Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (PARBICA), the National archives of Fiji, and the Ministry of Justice of Fiji, has organised a south-to-South study exchange programme. A workshop, which is sponsored by the government of New Zealand will involve civil registration officials of Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Vanuatu and Samoa and will be undertaken on 1-3 October 2018.

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Palau CPI rebase: September 2016 = 100

Starting from the first quarter of 2018, the Palau Bureau of Budget and Planning has switched to calculating and publishing its quarterly Consumer Price Index (CPI) series based on an updated set of weights and basket of representative goods and services. The Bureau has also adopted the international COICOP classification as its publication schema. The new CPI series with its base of September 2016 replaces the old series which had a base period of June 2008 = 100.

SPC was able to contribute to this important milestone through targeted technical assistance.

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Optimising the collection of socioeconomic data in the Pacific

Field operations for the household income and expenditure survey experiment – the HIES experiment – began this week. The experiment is being conducted in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) with the objective to identify optimal methodologies to collect household consumption and expenditure data for use in economic and social policy formation. The experiment will be implemented over the coming four months across six atolls in RMI, including the densely populated urban atolls of Kwajalein and Majuro, and four remote rural atolls.

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Launch of the PACHS17

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The Pacific Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System 2017 (PACHS17), compiled by the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO), was launched by the OCO on 11th June 2018 at its 20th Annual Conference hosted by the Australian Border Force (ABF) in Melbourne, Australia.  This multipurpose goods nomenclature forms the basis for Customs Tariffs and International Merchandise Trade Statistics and has been derived from the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO's) HS.   PACHS17 enables all SPC and OCO member countries that are at different levels of implementing WCOs HS17 adopt a common benchmark and better reflect goods exported and imported by the Pacific region using a standardized system of names and codes.

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Photo shows from left - ABFs Commissioner Mr. Michael Outram, SPCs Economic Statistics Advisor Ms Nilima Lal and the WCOs Secretary General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya.


Gender Equality - RMI 2018 Booklet

Gender Equality, Where do we stand

The Marshall Islands has evaluated its progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women using gender statistics in this publication produced with support from SPC’s Social Development Programme. There are clear areas of progress, notably access to quality education, increasing formal sector employment by women, women’s improved sexual and reproductive health and increased access to justice and support services for survivors of gender based violence. The publication contains a wealth of statistical information presented in a user-friendly way, and the narrative provides readers a deeper understanding of the issues.

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SDGs in the Pacific booklet

The SDGs in the Pacific booklet is now available for download

The 132 Pacific sustainable development indicators selected to monitor development in the region are shown in the attached pdf file.
These indicators were endorsed as part of the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development.

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DARW Workshop, May 2018

Data analysis and report writing (DARW) Workshop, 21-31st May 2018

The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) under the leadership of the Pacific Community (SPC), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), UNICEF, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, will be conducting a data analysis and report-writing workshop from 21-31st May 2018 in Nadi, Fiji.

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Provisional Pacific Sustainable Development Indicators

The first quadrennial Pacific Regional Sustainable Development Report will be released after the Pacific Forum Leaders meeting in Nauru in September 2018. The 132 development indicators chosen from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide the baseline assessment of the state of development in the Pacific region are shown in the following link. These indicators, approved at the Pacific Forum Leaders Meeting held in Samoa in 2017 as part of the Pacific Roadmap for Sustainable Development, have been compiled from multiple sources, including national census and household surveys, educational management information systems, health information systems, budget papers, online databases and derived measures from development partners. The indicators are still being validated with countries and may be subject to revision and updating prior to the finalisation of the Pacific Regional Sustainable Development Report. A new interactive database is being created by SDD to allow Pacific countries to share their development indicators. This will be available by the 3rd quarter 2018.

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Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB), May Meeting

The first PSMB meeting is taking place in Auckland

New Zealand, 3‐4TH May 2018

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Vanuatu Vital Statistics report 2012-2014

Vanuatu releases its Vital Statistics report 2012-2014

Vanuatu’s civil registration and vital statistics report presents the status of the civil registration and health information system of Vanuatu in regard to recording the occurrence and characteristics of live births, deaths and causes of death in the country. This report corresponds to commitments made by the  Government of Vanuatu towards universal registration of births and deaths, legal identification,  and production of vital statistics from registration records. The report is the first of its kind to provide vital statistics from Vanuatu’s administrative datasets.

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P-SPAFS strengthening the evidence base for SDGs

The Pacific Strategic Plan for Agricultural and Fisheries Statistics (P-SPAFS) envisions a region where high-quality and timely statistics inform decisions relating to food security and sustainable agricultural and fisheries development, and assist monitoring the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

P-SPAFS is a 10-year plan that aims to guide the development of agricultural and fisheries statistics in the Pacific Small Island Developing States. The plan aims to address unprecedented demand for data in order to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals and it will thereby increase the evidence base for policy making through collaborative efforts of national governments, our technical partners – particularly the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) – and the Pacific Community (SPC).

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Tuvalu CVRS Report 2012–2016

Tuvalu civil registration and vital statistics report

While countries have multiple sources of demographic data, administrative data sources, and in particular civil registration systems are universally recognised for their fundamental function of providing governments with a continuous and permanent source of population data and statistics. Civil registration systems collect information on vital events (primarily on births, deaths [Including cause of death information]) as they occur, making it possible to derive annual, sub-annual and geographically disaggregated population data and statistics.

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Measuring SDG 16.9 in Tonga

Measuring SDG 16.9 (Legal Identity) in the Kingdom of Tonga: What does the census say?

It is estimated that almost one-in-three babies born world-wide each year do not have their births registered (there are 51 million babies). These children have no form of legal identity;  they are not only invisible to their governments but also lack the means to claim important rights and privileges accrued through the possession of a means of legal identification. This has been referred to as the scandal of invisibility. Target 16.9 of the global sustainable development goals (SDGs) commits countries to providing a legal identity to all, including birth registration. In the Pacific the proportion of unregistered births is thought to be lower than the global average, but little definitive data exists. However, the Tonga 2016 Census of Population and Housing sought to establish the proportion of children (aged below 1 and below 5) whose births were registered,  and those in possession of a legal identity; in form of a birth certificate and national identification card.  See more in the fact sheet attached.

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Kiribati 2017 Gender Statistics Abstract

The Kiribati 2017 Gender Statistics Abstract is now available.

The Kiribati National Statistics Office has collaborated with the Ministry of Women, Youth and Social Affairs and the Social Development Programme of SPC to produce the Kiribati Gender Statistics Abstract, a compendium of statistics about girls, boys, women and men containing indicators from the UN Minimum Framework of Gender Statistics, the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration, relevant SPC programme indicators and even some SDG indicators. The purpose of the publication is to provide the indicators and input statistics for use in further analysis and reporting.

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5th Regional conference of HOPS - Meeting report

The 5th HOPS conference report is now available.

The 5th Regional Conference of Pacific Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) was convened at the headquarters of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 14 to 16 November 2017. Representatives of national statistics offices, planning offices, and some line ministries of 20 Pacific Island countries and territories attended the three‐day conference. SPC metropolitan members, Australia, France and New Zealand, and 15 development partners (technical partners, donors and other international organisations) were also represented at the meeting.

All papers discussed during 2017 HOPS are available on the meeting website:

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Tonga Household Income and Expenditure Survey 2015/2016 Report

The Tonga HIES 2015/2016 Report is now available.

This report is the third of its type to be published by the department, despite its long history since the early 1970s under the Ministry of Finance. The first Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) report was published in December 2002 for HIES 2001, second report was published in August 2010 for HIES 2009, then this report presents the results of the National 2015/2016 HIES.

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Tonga 2016 Census Report Vol 1

The Tonga Census 2015/2016 Report is now available.

This report is the 8th population census report of the kingdom since 1956, and the 6th census conducted by the Statistics Department. It provides administrative information and basic statistical tabulation of the 2016 Population and Housing Census of Tonga. The census date was midnight, the 30th of November 2016. Information incorporated in this report will facilitate the decision makers in Tonga with respect to the current and future socio-economic conditions in the Kingdom.

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Technical Workshop on International Merchandise Trade Statistics

The Pacific Community, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Oceania Customs Organisation, and the Melanesian Spearhead Group Secretariat, will be conducting a technical workshop entitled International merchandise trade statistics: Focusing on goods traded under the preferential trade agreements, from 26 February to 2 March 2018 at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat in Suva.

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Meeting of the Pacific Statistics Steering Committee (PSSC)

In line with its Terms of References, PSSC will meet on Monday 13th November 2017 to consider the TYPSS Phase 3 Design. Subject to PSSC endorsement, this document and its recommendations will be submitted for final consideration at the meeting of the Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) on Tuesday 14th until 16th November 2017.

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SDD Newsletter - September 2017

Building a Culture of Education Data Use in the Pacific

Successful delivery of capacity building and support to education systems, particularly in the Pacifc, requires addressing both technical solutions and political challenges. To that end, the Pacifc Community (SPC) is currently reinforcing its support to education statistical capacity in the region, The inherently political nature of educational systems sometimes results in difculties in terms of using data for decision-making. Progress in educational outcomes is more achievable when we consider the intersection of what is both politically possible and technically sound.

Pacific Community digitalizes education data collection in Kiribati

Kiribati Education Ministry ofcials have recently been trained by the Pacifc Community (SPC) to use tablets for collecting data that would inform the education sector’s performance.

SPC Education Management Information’s Systems Team Leader, Scott Pontifex explained that the ofcials and outer island representatives were trained to use the tablets for data collection from schools for important statistical reporting against the Sustainable Development Goals and Pacifc Education Development Framework for example, as well as tracking performance of schools and the Ministry of Education (MOE) against the sector’s operational and strategic plans.

Pacific Ministers of Health Meeting

The Cook Islands hosted the twelfth Pacifc Ministers of Health Meeting in Rarotonga from 28 to 30 August 2017. Ministers at the meeting again emphasised the importance of the collection of data on births, deaths and causes of death through civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) for the health sector, including for monitoring key regional priorities – such as the impact of non-communicable diseases – and reporting against the Healthy Islands Monitoring Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals. The importance of a multi-sectoral approach to CRVS and the need for ongoing improvement of health information systems was also noted, along with the need for regional cooperation and working with regional partnerships such as the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) and the Pacifc Health Information Network (PHIN).

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Vanuatu 2016 Post Pam Mini Census report

Volume 1 of Mini - Census Report is out and covers mostly Basic tables, right down to Area Council level.  The information also includes, light, water, saniation, telecommunication, and many more areas.

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2016 Pacific Islands Population Poster

This poster provides updated population pyramids for all Pacific Island Countries and Territories, showing the age-sex profiles now and in the future. These distributions help countries to plan for service and infrastructure delivery.
Key demographic indicators, such as fertility, mortality and rates of growth in urban areas are also provided, allowing comparisons to be made across the region.

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Child health and nutrition in the Marshall Islands

Child health and nutrition in the Marshall Islands 

Article by Alison Culpin SPC, published in the ANU Development Bulletin 78 - p83-86.

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SDD Newsletter - June 2017

SPC-ABS workshop on updating the weight reference period of the Consumer Price Index

Between 29 May and 1 June 2017, statisticians from Pacific Island countries and territories came together in Noumea, New Caledonia for a workshop on updating the weight reference period of the consumer price index (CPI). The workshop was organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), and aimed at training price index compilers on the use of data from expenditure surveys and other sources to rebase their CPI.

Solomon Islands children suffer stunted growth from malnutrition

Poor nutritional intake by children resulting in stunting remains one of the top development challenges in the country. This was revealed during the double launching of the Solomon Islands national statistics development strategy (NSDS) report and the 2015 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) report in Honiara, where it was revealed that poor child nutrition resulting in stunting was alarmingly high in the country.

Short Films from the Vanuatu National Statistics Office

The Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) has released a series of short films comprising of stories with information from thematic areas collected during the Demographic Health Survey (DHS) conducted in 2013. The thematic areas include reproductive health, fertility and family planning, child health, nutrition, HIV and Aids and Malaria.

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Solomon Islands DHS Main Report 2015

The first Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in the Solomon islands was completed in 2007 using standard DHS tools. This second DHS, which incorporated Child Labour and Child Discipline components of Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) was conducted in 2015 with funding support from DFAT, Solomon Islands Government and UNICEF Pacific; and technical assistance provided by SPC with relevant training assistance from UNICEF.

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CRVS and Natural Disasters

SPC will be participating in the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mexico this week. Effective CRVS systems play an important role in assisting countries to adequately plan for and respond to disasters, and it is important that CRVS systems are resilient enough to continue functioning in the event of a natural disaster. Pacific countries have had first-hand experience with this recently in responding to cyclones Pam and Winston, and have identified the role of CRVS in disasters as a regional priority. The Pacific Civil Registrars Network, with support from BAG partners, will be holding a workshop later in Fiji later in the year to assist countries assess their resilience and plan how to strengthen their CRVS systems capacity to respond during a natural disaster. For more information on CRVS for disaster planning and response – check out the new fact sheet available here

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Road Related Deaths

This week is Global Road Safety Week. Road traffic accidents and injuries are an important cause of premature deaths in the Pacific Islands, but are often poorly recorded in our cause of death data. This week provides an important opportunity for governments and agencies in the Pacific to highlight not only the importance of reducing preventable traffic-related deaths, but also to evaluate how to improve our data collection to better monitor progress towards target 3.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals: By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

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SDD Newsletter - November 2016

Data Analysis training conducted by the SPC-EMIS team for the Solomon Islands Education Management Information System (SIEMIS) team, Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD), 1–10 November

The MEHRD in Solomon Islands requested the SPC-EMIS team to provide technical assistance on the drafting of the 2015 Performance Assessment Report (PAR). A training was conducted in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 1–4 November with SIEMIS staff, as well as some staff of the Policy and Planning strategic management.

Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) meeting, 25–27 October

The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG), under the leadership of the Pacific Community (SPC), held their annual meeting on 25–27 October in Suva, Fiji. The purpose of the meeting was to review progress made with regards to implementation of the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) over the past year, to identify and address emerging issues/priorities, and to plan for the next phase of implementation.

World Statistics Day, 20 October

On World Statistics Day, the EU-supported intra-African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Pacific Agriculture Policy Programme (APP) took the opportunity to promote the updated and revised Agriculture and Forestry National Minimum Development Indicators (NMDIs). The NMDIs are housed on the Statistics for Development Division’s (SDD) Pacific Regional Information System (PRISM), and were established in 2010 in response to a request from the Heads of Planning and Statistics for a set of core indicators to help monitor development progress in the region.

Nauru Education Management Information System (Ron EMIS) workshop on use of education statistics to support planning and decision-making, 3–10 October

The Republic of Nauru (RON) Department of Education, in partnership with SPC, held a successful workshop from 3–10 October in Yaren, Nauru. The objective of the workshop was to review the Department of Education data collection and reporting systems and to rationalise the Republic of Nauru Education Management Information System (Ron EMIS) data collection tools.

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Data Analysis and Report Writing Workshop for Civil Registration Based Vital Statistics

Over the last 2 weeks of September, 18 participants from six countries (Kiribati, Tuvalu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands) participated in a data analysis and report writing workshop in Noumea. The workshop organized by the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) and led by the Pacific Community (SPC) with assistance from ESCAP and ABS also included a representative from the data use stream of the Data4Health project managed by Vital Strategies, who are also working with the Solomon Islands and PNG on their CRVS data.

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SDD Newsletter - September 2016

18th Oceania Customs Organisation (OCO) Annual Conference - The 18th OCO Annual Conference was held in Funafuti, Tuvalu from 1 to 3 June 2016. Attending the conference on behalf of the Pacific Community (SPC) was economic statistician Nilima Lal, who mentioned customs records as the main and generally preferred data source for the compilation of international merchandise trade statistics.

Regional classification of occupations and jobs common in Pacific Island countries and territories just released - The Statistics for Development Division (SDD) of SPC has released the Pacific Standard Classification of Occupations 2016 (PACSCO 2016), which it has compiled in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Fiji Bureau of Statistics. It has been derived from the International Standard Classification of Occupations 2008, the custodian of which is the International Labour Organization.

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Palau 2013/2014 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) gender profile

The SDD, the Palau Bureau of Budget and Planning and the Social Development Programme (SDP) Gender Statistics Advisor have supported the Palau Ministry of Culture and Community Affairs to produce a gender profile from the 2013/2014 HIES. The profile uses sex disaggregated HIES statistics to analyse differences, as well as similari¬ties, between Palauan women and men in terms of economic activity, wage and salary income, access to communications, and household (HH) income, expenditure and amenities. SDD and SDP will be supporting other Pacific island countries (PICs) to produce HIES gender profiles in 2016.

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Population Projections by Pacific Island Countries and Territories

The Pacific Community’s Statistics for Development Division has just released its updated mid-year 2016 population estimates, including national projections until 2050.
More detailed information, disaggregated by sex and age, is expected to become available soon.
For further information, please contact Arthur Jorari, Team Leader Statistical collections.

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Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Civil Registration (CR) is the compulsory, continuous, universal and permanent recording of vital events such as births and deaths. From these records, vital statistics (VS) on births, deaths, causes of death, fertility and mortality (and where migration data is also available – population estimates) can be produced for policy and planning. Where civil registration has a high level of both coverage and completeness, it is generally accepted to be the preferred source of vital statistics due to the ongoing and timely collection of data, and the ability to include cause of death information.

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SDD Newsletter - June 2016

Pacific Regional Sustainable Development Goals Indicator Availability Assessment – In March 2016, the United Nations Statistics Commission endorsed a final set of 230 indicators that countries will use to measure and report on progress against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated 169 development targets.

Palau 2013/2014 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) gender profile - The SDD, the Palau Bureau of Budget and Planning and the Social Development Programme (SDP) Gender Statistics Advisor have supported the Palau Ministry of Culture and Community Affairs to produce a gender profile from the 2013/2014 HIES.

Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics week in Thailand - May 2016 saw the organisation of the very first Asia-Pacific Economic Statistics (APES) week. The Economic statistics week aims to provide a regular forum where countries and development partners may present and discuss the development and implementation of products related to the core set of economic statistics as defined in the Regional Programme on Economic Statistics.

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Education Statistics Work Attachment, April 2016

A two week work attachment was recently conducted (18th-29th April) by the Pacific EMIS Facility, Statistics for Development Division in Noumea, New Caledonia in collaboration with representatives from the Pacific UNESCO Institute for Statistics and SPC’s Educational Quality and Assessment Programme.

The purpose of the attachment was to increase knowledge and skills on the management, analysis and reporting of educational data, and to support the development of Educational Statistics Digests for 2015. Small and large island countries took part in the training, including representatives from Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, the Cook Islands, Palau and Papua New Guinea.

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SDD Newsletter - March 2016

Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in the Pacific Islands – standards, best practice, and lessons learnt - Registrars, statisticians and health information specialists from across the Pacific gathered in Noumea, New Caledonia (in February 22–25), to share experiences and lessons on improving civil registration and vital statistics systems and data.

Tropical cyclone Winston - On the night of 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by tropical cyclone Winston. The category 5 cyclone was the strongest to ever hit Fiji, and one of the strongest in Pacific history. Sustained winds of 230 km per hour struck the north of Viti Levu and left a trail of destruction, directly impacting at least 40% (347,000 people) of the Fijian population living within 50 km of the eye of the cyclone. Initial damage estimates are already over half a billion US dollars.

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Pacific Small Islands Developing States - Statement at United Nations Statistical Commission

Statement of H.E. Ms. Marlene Moses

Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Nauru to the United Nations

Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States,

Aat the 47th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission

New York, Monday 8th March, 2016

Mme. Chair,

I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the 12 Pacific Small Island Developing States. We associate with the statement delivered by the Maldives on behalf of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States (AOSIS) and with the statement delivered by the Kingdom of Thailand on behalf of the Group of 77 and China.

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Pacific Islands Regional Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) - Feb 2016

The Brisbane Accord Group in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division convened a Regional Meeting on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics for the Pacific Islands, from 22 to 25 February 2016. The meeting was hosted by the Pacific Community and held at the SPC conference centre in Noumea, New Caledonia.

This meeting brought together participants from the civil registration, statistics and health sectors from across the region and is an important opportunity to share experiences and lessons learnt, and to ensure that the Pacific Islands continues to lead the way in CRVS improvements.

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SDD Newsletter - December

The new look of the SDD website  - One of our goals this year was to refresh the SDD website. After initial discussions on what the new site should deliver, a site plan was developed to reflect the full range of work done within SDD, as well as the resources provided by SDD.

2020 round of censuses - A planning meeting for the 2020 round of population and housing censuses (the decade 2015-2024) in the Pacific was held in July 2015. Lessons learned in executing the 2010 round of censuses (the decade 2005-2014) were incorporated in planning for the 2020 round of censuses.

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SPC-PFTAC Workshop on quality adjustments and item substitution in the Consumer Price Index

Between 23 and 27 November 2015, statisticians from Pacific countries and territories came together in Nadi, Fiji for a workshop on quality adjustments and item substitution. The workshop was organised by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the IMF Pacific Financial Technical Assistance Centre (PFTAC) and aimed to train price index compilers in the use of internationally recommended compilation methods in order to improve the accuracy and comparability of consumer price indices in the Pacific.

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SDD Newsletter - October 2015

Introducing the 2015 pocket statistical summary and Vanuatu hybrid survey happiness fact sheet.

Our 2015 pocket statistical summary has arrived, providing a quick overview of statistics for the people and economies of the Pacific Community’s (SPC’s) member countries. pdf2015_Pocket-Statistical-Summary.pdf72.39 KB

In 2010 Vanuatu became the first Pacific Island country to measure subjective well-being and happiness, in order to understand why Vanuatu – an impoverished ‘least developed country’ according to the United Nations definition – had been identified in at least two international assessments as the ‘happiest country in the world’.

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Pasifika Medical Association Conference in Port Vila

logoFrom September 29th to October 2nd the 18th Pasifika Medical Association conference was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu under the theme of ‘Culture, Community Healing, Primary Care & Workforce in the Pacific'

Christine Linhart (Social Statistician) from the Statistics for Development Division (SDD) attended the conference and made a presentation on behalf of the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) on strengthening cause of death certification in Pacific Island countries and territories through increased collaboration with medical doctors to understand the challenges and barriers they face undertaking certification of deaths.

A commitment to improving civil registration and vital statistics, of which certification of death is one part, has been made throughout the Pacific region through a range of international agreements, including the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP).

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Workshop on Network security and Web-based infrastructure

A week long workshop has recently been conducted (27th-31st August 2015) in Port Vila VANUATU with the technical support from the Secretariat of the South Pacific Community to drive the rollout of the Ministry of Education and Training’s OpenVEMIS initiative, supported by the Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP). This initiative, designed to improve quality and timeliness of data collected from schools across VANAUTU to support effective evidence based decision making.

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2020 World Round of Population and Housing Censuses Pacific Island countries’ census planning meeting

Pacific National Statisticians, Census Commissioners/Directors, in-country Census Data Users, as well as invited technical assistance providers, and development partners attended and participated in the 2020 Round Population and Housing Census Planning meeting being held at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea, New Caledonia, from 27 July to 01 August 2015. More information is available on the Census 2020 website.

SDD Newsletter - August 2015

Pacific Census Commissioners and Government Statisticians met at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) end of july for an important Pacific Community planning meeting concerning the 2020 World Round of Population and Housing Censuses.

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Vanuatu EMIS Training workshop

This year Vanuatu Education system has adopted the EMIS (Education Management Information System) system used by the Fijian Education System as a tool for collecting and storing Education statistical information, the Education system in Vanuatu has currently introduce the new Open VEMIS (Vanuatu Education Management Information System) system which is gradually planned to roll out the existing VEMIS system in 2018.

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