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The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS), has conducted a Regional Workshop on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information, in Amman, from 16 - 19 February 2015. The Workshop was convened in accordance with Statistical Commission decision 44/101 and UN-GGIM decision 3/107, which both recognized the need to meet the challenges of managing and effectively integrating geospatial and statistical information in support of census and other statistical activities, particularly in preparation for the next 2020 round of censuses.

The purpose of the Workshop was to review emerging trends, innovative approaches and technological tools employed in the integration of statistical and geospatial information. The Workshop was expected to provide a basis for assessing existing national statistical-geospatial strategies as well as technologies used by National Statistical Offices. It has also aided in taking stock of national capacities and challenges for meeting the increasing requirements of census data users. Furthermore, the Workshop was expected to help in identifying good practices and lessons learned in the collection, analysis and dissemination of census data. The ideas generated by the discussion and the recommendations made by participants will contribute to the global consultation and communication carried out by the UN Expert Group on the Integration of Statistical and Geospatial Information.

The Workshop, with participation of representatives from national statistical offices of Arab States, has also provided a forum for sharing national practices and experiences in the use of geospatial methodologies and tools in support of statistical and census activities for the next 2020 Round of Censuses.

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