|Title||Commissioner Kang Shin-wook Attended the 50th UNSC|
□ Kang Shin-wook, Commissioner of KOSTAT, the head of Korean delegation, attended the 50th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) held at the UN Headquarters in New York on March 4th to 8th in 2019. Commissioner Kang also participated in the High-Level Forum on Official Statistics for a smooth implementation of SDGs (March 4th) during this visit.
o The UNSC is the highest level of statistical gathering recognized in the international community. The UNSC is a venue where chief statisticians from around 150 member states and international organizations like the World Bank gather every year to determine statistical support on global issues related to the economy, society and quality of life.
o Korea is one of only 24 UN member states (out of 190) which are official members of UNSC. At the meeting, Korea exercised a vote for electing officials and making decisions on issues on each agenda during the session.
* UNSC members are elected by the UN Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution (four members from each region). Along with China, Japan, and Qatar, Korea is representing the Asian region on the council from 2016 to 2019.
□ A number of meetings with key partners took place during this visit. Commissioner Kang had bilateral meetings with the delegations from the Netherlands, China, and Eurostat. In addition, the Commissioner discussed cooperative projects regarding ODA with chief statisticians of Colombia and Laos at the request of these countries.
□ At the 50th session of the UNSC, chief statisticians from member states considered adopting the UNSC guidelines on global data reporting which will be used to monitor the implementation of SDGs.
o Commissioner Kang urged member states to set up a standardized data reporting system in order to prevent international organizations from using different data for the same index.