Data users and producers from the countries of East and North-East Asia shared experiences in strategic planning for statistics with representatives from bilateral, regional, and international organisations at a high-level forum held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from 9-11 October 2006. Participants agreed a "Ulaanbaatar Initiative" which encouraged:
- aligning national statistics development policies with national development agendas and internationally upheld development goals;
- increased efforts in statistical advocacy in line with NSDSs;
- cooperation among users and producers of statistics; and
- the continued support and assistance of the UN, PARIS21 and UNESCAP as well as other international agencies to strengthen countries’ capacities in strategic statistical planning.
UNESCAP and PARIS21 collaborated with the Mongolian National Statistical Office in the organisation of the forum. The objective of the meeting was to assess the current status of strategic statistical planning in the sub-region; to identify the successes and constraints being experienced in implementing existing plans; and to consider solutions to those constraints and practical next steps. ESCAP is maintaining a site for the Forum as well.
This Forum was the last of four sub-regional events co-organised by the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and PARIS21 and funded by UNDP and the Japanese Human Resources Development Fund. UNESCAP and PARIS21 are designing a programme of follow-up to these forums.
The first three forums of this programme were:
- South Asian countries from 13-15 December 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Central Asian countries from 17-19 May 2006 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
- South-East Asian countries from 6-8 June 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand