IAOS Members Newsletter - September 2019

Members Newsletter September 2019


Dear IAOS Members

I feel very fortunate to have been elected as President of the International Association for Official Statistics for the period 2019-21. 


I have the good fortune to be following Mario Palma, and his predecessors in the role. They have built the Association into what it is today and my task is made all the easier by their leadership over many years. 

I also have the good fortune to be part of a brilliant and diverse newly elected Executive Committee (EXCO) team [ https://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/latestnews/246-announcement-iaos-executive-committe-2019-2021 ]. The IAOS is an entirely voluntary Association and the commitment of those who are elected to serve is testament to how much they care about the role of official statistics in serving the public good across the globe. 

Finally, I have the good fortune to come into the role at a critical time for our community: the need for trustworthy numbers to guide decision making is everywhere evident; the opportunities arising from new data sources, technologies and methods are tantalising; and the IAOS has a unique place, both in upholding the centrality of official statistics to effective democracy and in calling out those who seek to undermine it and seduce others to ignore evidence and instead rely on anecdote, whim or populist rhetoric. 

Now is a time for us to find our voice.

One month into the role I am greatly encouraged. The World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur (with IAOS EXCO member Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, Chair of the organising committee, a most wonderful host) included many sessions organised by the IAOS and many other sessions strongly linked to our interests, such as on statistical literacy. 


I particularly enjoyed the passion displayed in the session on official statistics and Parliaments organised by our founding President, Jean-Louis Bodin (one of no less than eight IAOS Presidents present at the WSC). There are plenty of other highlights on YouTube [

My thanks also to Rolando Ocampo, who was the IAOS representative on the WSC Scientific Committee.

Our new Executive Committee has got off to a great start and we have launched a consultation into the IAOS strategy for 2019-2021. Make sure you have your say  

Plans are well advanced for our conference in Zambia (19-21 May 2020 - note for your diary) which promises to be an exciting celebration of all that we value as a professional community. 

Our Journal is thriving and developing fast in the hands of new Editor-in-Chief, Pieter Everaers and his impressive editorial team. Do you have a paper or an article that could inspire others? Or a contribution to make to our online discussion platform? Register at www.officialstatistics.com and have your say! Our first discussion topic is based on the recently published article “You say you want a [data] revolution”: A proposal to use unofficial statistics for the SDG Global Indicator Framework by Steve MacFeely and Bojan Nastav.

It was a great joy for me to present the Young Statisticians Prizes for 2019 at the closing ceremony of the World Statistics Congress.  Congratulations again to the 2019 winners. YSP 2020 is our tenth year. Do look out for good nominees. Applications for 2020 are now open http://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/statistics-prize with a cash prize and a trip to Zambia on offer for the winners.

There are plenty of other opportunities too to contribute to the work of the IAOS. As well as the Conference, Journal and Young Statisticians Prize we are looking for people to help with communications, including engagement on social media and development of our website. Contact us to get involved at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at https://twitter.com/IAOS_stat 

Our membership has been growing fast but with more members we can do even more: if you have not joined yet do so; if you are already a member get a friend (or maybe five or more...) to sign up https://www.iaos-isi.org/index.php/about-us/join-us ]. We have had to increase the membership rates for 2020 to cover overhead charges levied on us by the ISI, but the new full member rate of E50 for the year remains great value and there are discounts for members in developing countries, students, individuals who work in an organisation who is an institutional member and Journal article contributors.

It is also important that we share experience and support each other. The case of Andreas Georgiou is an especially important one. The support given by Kathy Wallman and others in a recent letter to the Financial Times (Brussels must assess Greek judicial reform efforts ) calling for an end to the persecution of Andreas will hopefully make a difference.

As for me, I will be out and about spreading the word. September’s activities include the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange [ https://www.bloomberg.com/lp/d4gx/], the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data Board meeting [www.data4sdgs.org/], meetings with Director of the United Nations Statistics Division and his colleagues, and the Valuing Statistics conference.

 If you have some other opportunities to spread the word about the IAOS, or have information to share with others interested in official statistics, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



John Pullinger

IAOS President

September 2019


IAOS 2019-2021 Strategy - Member consultation closes 30 November 2019


Dear members,


The draft 2019-2021 IAOS strategy was introduced at the 2019 General Assembly and discussed briefly by the incoming IAOS Executive at its first meeting. My thanks again to those members at the General Assembly who provided comments


It is now time to get the wider views of members. Please read the Strategy for Consultation and send me your views by 30 November 2019. Comments should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


I really look forward to your comments, to help us all ensure that the IAOS and official statistics remain relevant into the future.


John Pullinger

IAOS President


Free and Open Specification Classification Management Tool







Dear IAOS colleagues, 


The DDI Alliance has announced the public release of  XKOS version 1.2, a free and open specification that facilitates sharing and management of statistical classifications.  This tool is used by a number of international organisations. 


More information is available in the attached media release or at  https://www.ddialliance.org/.


Best regards, 




Invitation to attend the IAOS President Lecture at the ISI WSC (20 August 2019, KLCC)





“Walking through Previously Uncharted Territories:

Governance, Crime and Drug Statistics”


Tuesday, 20 August 2019


Conference Hall 1, Level 3

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)

8:50 am – 10:00 am



The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to invite you to attend the IAOS President Special Session “Walking through Previously Uncharted Territories: Governance, Crime and Drug Statistics” that will be held on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (Conference Hall 1, Level 3) from 8:50-10:40.


The session will present and discuss recent progress in the measurement of governance, crime and drug-related phenomena, subjects that have not traditionally been measured by National Statistical Offices (NSOs). Among other instruments, the particular analysis of victimization surveys as a salient statistical instrument for the measurement of crime will be analysed. International organisations –such as UN ESCAP- will describe the work they are conducting to support countries to improve their methodologies and harmonize their measurement of crime, drug statistics and governance in line with UN statistical roadmaps and the statistical global framework for SDG monitoring.


This panel will give an opportunity to exchange views on the collection, analysis and use of data on these complex phenomena.



Chair: MARIO PALMA ROJO, IAOS President 2017-2019.




  • JAMES LYNCH, Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Maryland.
    • Title: “The Challenge of Preserving the Direct Participation of Citizens in Definitions of the Crime Problem: The Future of Victimization Surveys”.


  • GEMMA VAN HALDEREN, Director, Statistics Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP).
    • Title: SDG16:  Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.  Walking through Asian and Pacific Territories.


Discussant: NANCY MCBETH, Consultant at the Gulf Cooperation Council Statistical Center (GCC Stat).



Invitation to attend the 2019 IAOS General Assembly (19 August 2019, KLCC)



International Association for Official Statistics


2019 General Assembly Meeting


Monday, 19 August 2019 


Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC)

Room: MR 409, Level 4

Time: 12:40 - 13:40




The International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) is pleased to invite you to attend the 2019 IAOS General Assembly Meeting that will be held on Monday, 19 August 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (Room: MR 409, Level 4) from 12:40-13:40.


The meeting will inform on the IAOS activities and achievements during 2018-2019, as well as on the new Executive Committee 2019-2021 and future activities.





1) Welcome words  - Mario Palma (IAOS President 2017-2019)


2) IAOS Report 2018-2019Mario Palma (IAOS President 2017-2019) (Report)


3) SJIAOS 2018-2019 - Kirsten West (Outgoing SJIAOS Editor-in Chief) (Presentation)


4) YSP 2018-2019 - Gemma Van Halderen (EXCO member) (Report)


5) Formal election of the new IAOS Executive Committee for 2019-2021  (Announcement)


6) IAOS Strategic Plan 2019-2021 - John Pullinger (IAOS President 2019-2021)


7) SJIAOS Strategic Plan - Pieter Everaers (Incoming SJIAOS Editor-in Chief) (Presentation)


8) IAOS Conference 2020 - John Pullinger (IAOS President 2019-2021) and Oliver Chinganya (Programme Chair of the IAOS 2020 Conference)


9) Questions & Comments


11) Closing 



Please note, this General Assembly will be held as part of the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress that will take place from 18-23 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For more information about the ISI WSC, its programme and registration, please visit: https://www.isi2019.org/


According to IAOS Statutes: The General Assembly is composed of the individual members, and one designated member from each institution which is a member. Each individual member shall have one vote. The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by simple majority of the votes cast at a meeting or by electronic means except as otherwise stated by the Statutes. Votes expressed electronically shall be considered as valid as votes in person at the General Assembly. Proxy voting is only allowed in the procedure  for changing the statutes.


If you cannot attend, please let us know your comments to any item of the General Assembly by sending us a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..