Meeting 1First meeting of Ulaanbaatar city group August 20-22, 2012

Meeting 1

The First Meeting

The first meeting of Ulaanbaatar City Group on Statistics for Economies Based on Natural Resources was jointly organized by the National Statistical Office of Mongolia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

First Meeting: Ulaanbaatar, 20-22 August, 2012

Participants
Representatives of national statistical offices, governmental organizations and international organizations have participated in the first meeting.
Current country representatives include: Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia and Vietnam.
Current governmental organizations include: Parliament of Mongolia, Ministry of Finance, Bank of Mongolia, National Development and Innovation Committee of Mongolia.
Current international organizations include: UNIDO, UNDP and CISSTAT.

Objectives of the meeting:

Discuss the terms of reference and topics for the work programme. Establish a Steering Committee as well as Expert Group to manage and conduct the work programme. Decide the UB Group would hold face-to-face meetings and an electronic discussion forum to advance the work programme.

Expanded meeting of Ulaanbaatar City Group will be organized as side event of the 44th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Monday the 25 of February, 2013, 06:15-07:00 pm at the Temporary North Lawn Building, United Nations, New York.  

Objectives of the meeting:

The purpose of this event is to present the goals, work streams, structure and composition of the Ulaanbaatar Group to national statistical offices and international organizations and to discuss its work plan for 2013 and collect comments, inputs, and support from the participants.

Next meeting will be organized in the third quarter of 2013 in Russian Federation.

Work programme

  1. Develop a harmonized system of standard indicators for data collection;
  2. Assess the impact of the mining industry on economies and develop methodological and practical recommendations on how to demonstrate the impact through official statistics;
  3. Develop methodologies and indicators for assessing the impact of mining industry on the social sector; and
  4. Develop practical recommendations for measuring the impact of the mining industry on the environment.

Reporting to the UN Statistical Commission


First meeting of Ulaanbaatar city group August 20-22, 2012

The joint initiative of Mongolia and Australia to establish “Ulaanbaatar city group on statistics for Economies based on natural resources” has been discussed and endorsed by the United Nations Statistical Commission during its 43rd session.


  In recent years, representatives from national statistical agencies have started to meet informally to address selected problems in statistical methods. Some of these groups have become formally known as "city groups". City groups bring together experts primarily from national statistical agencies, and the Ulaanbaatar city group will gather experts from countries where natural resources and mining are significantly impacting their economies.

  The primary goals of the Ulaanbaatar city group are to play a leading role in developing methodological and practical guidelines on statistical measurement. The group will also make recommendations by establishing best practice in concepts and methods to track mining industry activities, investment in mining, accurately measuring  industry contribution to the economy and assessing mining impacts on other social and economic sectors within the framework of the System of National Accounts.

  We welcome you to attend the First meeting of Ulaanbaatar city group to be held from August 20-22 this year in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia.