The United Nations Regional Meeting on Disability Measurement and Statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the 2020 World Population and Housing Census Programme, is underway at the Ramada Hotel, Muscat.
The three-day meeting began on 14 March under the auspices of Dr Khalifa Al Barwani, the CEO of the National Centre for Statistics & Information (NCSI), Oman's official statistical agency.
Dr Barwani addressed the gathering at the opening session, along with representatives of the UNESCWA (UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia) and UNSD (UN Statistics Division).
Topics of discussion include disability-related SDG indicators for global monitoring; disability statistics, policies and programmes in the ESCWA region; and ongoing international initiatives on standards for disability measurement. There was a presentation on the questions used to measure disability during censuses in 2010. A few sessions are devoted to national experiences in the approaches used to measure disability through censuses.
The regional meeting also focuses on measurement of disability through sample surveys; sources for generating data on disability for national needs and SDG indicators; and strategies for meeting data needs for disability-related SDG indicators.
The Sultanate joined other regional countries in presenting national experiences on approaches used to measure disability through censuses. Country presentations focused on the questions used to measure disability, reasons for the choice of questions, how the questions worked in the field, use of proxy respondents, translation of questions, use of scaled response categories, and the results obtained.
The meet will conclude with a discussion on the ways forward to achieve the goals in the field of disability measurement and statistics, followed by closing remarks by NCSI, ESCWA and UNSD.