Professor Christian W Haerpfer from the School of Social Science was invited to represent the University of Aberdeen at a high-level conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York last week.
The conference, which was hosted by the United Nations Statistical Office, aimed to develop statistical indicators for the ‘Post-2015 Agenda’ of the United Nations.
Participants at this high-level conference on statistical indicators for the Post-2015 Agenda were the Directors of the National Statistical Offices from the United Kingdom, France, Indonesia, Jamaica, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Uganda as well as leading statisticians and social scientists from the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD), World Bank, International Labour Organisation (ILO), OECD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UNICEF, UNEP, Eurostat and United Nations Foundation.
Other academic participants were Professor Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia University and Sabine Alkire from the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Survey organisations represented at the conference were Gallup International and the Luxembourg Income Survey.
In his capacity as Director of the European Centre for Survey Research at the University of Aberdeen, Christian Haerpfer proposed the creation of a ‘World Social Survey’ in more than 100 countries under the leadership and coordination of the University of Aberdeen.