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Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)
The Inter-agency Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities was established on 19 September 2002 (CCSA) and meets twice a year. Its objectives are:
- to promote coordination, integration and complementarity among the statistical programmes of the international organizations, including the avoidance of duplication and reduction in reporting burdens on Member States and to promote coordination and consistency in statistical practices and development;
- to provide coordinated preparations for the treatment of statistical issues in intergovernmental meetings, including the Statistical Commission and coordinated follow-up of decisions of the intergovernmental bodies, thus providing a responsive focus for addressing the needs of Member States;
- to achieve through the coordination activity an integrated system in the collection, processing and dissemination of international statistics by promoting the coordination of the international official statistical system including technical cooperation in statistics. It also aims to facilitate the use in Member States of internationally agreed concepts, definitions, recommendations and classifications of different international organizations by coordinating the work on methodological development and promoting harmonization of the methodologies in various fields of statistics;
- to foster good practices in the structuring and programming of statistical activities in the international organizations; within the above framework the Committee focuses on emerging issues requiring coordination, takes a proactive approach and follows up on decisions to ensure action is taken.
The members of the Committee comprise United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and other divisions of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) the Regional Commissions, the UN Programmes and Funds, the specialized agencies and related organizations, certain non-UN intergovernmental organizations (OECD, EUROSTAT, Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States and World Trade Organization), regional development banks and the International Statistical Institute. Other organizations can participate by invitation. The UNSD is the permanent Secretariat.
The CCSA developed the Principles Governing International Statistical Activities and were approved by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) in its thirty-seventh session, 7 - 10 March 2006.