On 4 September 2008, the United Nations Statistics Division requested countries, regional an international agencies to send their views on the proposal of observing a World Statistics Day on 20-10-2010. The outcome of this consultation was an overwhelming support for this initiative, with around 70 countries and international agencies voicing their support.
The Day is intended to raise awareness on various levels: in countries, regions and around the world.
As ultimate goals, the Day would:
acknowledge the service provided by the global statistical system at national and international levels;
help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics;
serve as an advocacy tool to further support the work of statisticians across different cultures and domains
At the national level, different countries are planning to mark World Statistics Day by means of various activities. Some countries are organising conferences, while others are planning to publish papers or books.
On a suprantional level Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, will be issuing a joint press release with contributions from the national statistical institutes of the EU Member States.
International, regional and sub-regional organisation should help and support countries and regions to make a success of their activities.
A Logo has been designed to reflect and communicate the aims and objectives of this event. The Day purports to celebrate the many contributions of official statistics by focusing on three sub-themes:
service to nations and the world;
the professionalism of statisticians;
and the integrity of statistics.
The World Statistics Day logo will be used in posters, calendars, banners, e-banners, and letterheads. More information may be accessed on a dedicated website at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/wsd/
World Statistics Day in Malta
The National Statistics Office (NSO) held a half-day seminar on Wednesday 20 October 2010. World Statistics Day Programme
Papers and Presentations presented during the seminar:
|Introduction and Opening Speech|
||Mr Reno Camilleri, Chairman, Malta Statistics Authority|
|Malta's Statistical Institution within a Historical Perspective|
||Mr Michael Pace Ross, Director General, National Statistics Office (NSO) Malta|
|Statistics: from a National to an International Platform|
||Dr Caroline Willeke, European Central Bank (ECB)|
|The Research Road we Make: Statistics for the Uninitiated|
||Dr Saviour Formosa|
|Making Statistics Useful|
||Mr Karm Farrugia|
|Timeliness and Accuracy in Official Statistics|
||Mr Michail Skaliotis, Head of Unit, Information Society and Tourism Statistics (Eurostat)|
|Official Statistics in the Formulation of Economic and Social Policy|
||Mr Alfred Camilleri, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment|
||The Hon.Robert Arrigo, MP, Parliamentary Assistant in the Ministry of Finance, the Economy and Investment|