Please note that the participation in the 3rd Global Forum on Gender Statistics
 is by invitation only.

Cognizant of the need to enhance the capacity of the countries to collect, disseminate and use quality gender statistics, the different departments of the United Nations, funds and programmes, regional commissions, other international organizations, national statistical offices, non-governmental institutions, as well as national gender focal points, developed the “Global Gender Statistics Programme”. This Programme aims to provide guidance, stability and linkages among the various initiatives particularly at the international, national, regional and sub-regional levels with the following components:

(a) Creation of an Interagency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS) to advance gender statistics at the global level that will take stock of progress, challenges and gaps, and plan future work. The IAEG-GS shall be comprised of the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD), UN agencies involved with gender statistics, regional commissions, development partners, and selected countries on rotating basis.

(b) Bulletin Board as a technical and information resource and channel for networking. The Bulletin Board will have a data dissemination component, one output of which will be a CD with statistics and indicators on gender issues, drawing from data dissemination platforms, such as the DevInfo.

(c) Developing training courses (package/module) (i) to be used in targeted training for statisticians, from NSOs and sectoral ministries, on mainstreaming gender into regular statistics programmes; and (ii) targeting mid-management and other practitioners of statistics and planning officers, across sectors, for adoption and adaptation by training and academic institutions, such as the World Bank Institute, the Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (SIAP), universities that offer training for official statistics and others.

Part of the Programme is the conduct of a three-day Global Forum on Gender Statistics to be held annually with the purpose of promoting the advancement of gender statistics among decision makers and all other user groups. The Third Global Forum on Gender Statistics will be the third of a series of international meetings on gender statistics organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank (WB) to serve as an opportunity for strengthening countries' capacities in producing gender statistics, which necessitate collecting gender sensitive data. The first Global Forum was held in Rome, Italy, in 10-12 December 2007 and the second, in Accra, Ghana in 26-28 January 2009. Furthermore, the IAEG-GS will hold its annual meeting in conjunction with the Forum on the fourth day to review the work of the advisory groups and propose future actions.

During the Second Global Forum, organizers namely, the World Bank and UNSD, requested the Philippines, through the officials of the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) who were participants and presenters in the Forum, to be the host of the next Global Forum scheduled in 2010. In consideration of our relatively vast experience in gender statistics, as member of the IAEG-GS and in pursuant to our continuing efforts to achieve the MDGs, the Philippines accepted the invitation to host the Third Global Forum on Gender Statistics on October 11-14, 2010, followed by the IAEG-GS Meeting, coinciding with the celebration of the Philippines 21st National Statistics Month. This will be done in coordination with the UNSD, the WB, the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW, then National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women), the National Statistics Office (NSO), Department of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Children's Fund, and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).