Prior to the 2018 IAOS-OECD Conference “Better Statistics for Better Lives” that took place on 19-21 September 2018 in Paris, France, the International Association for Official Statistics (IAOS) organised a Special Meeting on “NSOs Professional Independence: Threats and Responses”.


This Special Meeting discussed at a high level the challenges to the independence of Official Statistics by analysing concrete cases, governance arrangements and the role of the international statistical community. The meeting consisted on three main sessions and a book presentation by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):



Session 1 - The Challenges to the Independence of Official Statistics: Some concrete cases.


Chair: Jean-Louis Bodin (France) - Presentation



Jorge Todesca (Argentina) - Presentation

Eric Rancourt (Canada) - Presentation

Andreas Georgiou (Greece)

Petteri Baer (Presenting the case of Anar Meshimbayeva from Kazakhztan) - Presentation ; Paper



Session 2 - Institutional Governance and Support to Statistical Independence


Chair: Stefan Scheweinfest (UNSD)



John Pullinger (UK)

Mario Palma (Mexico) - Presentation

Olav Ljones (Norway) - Presentation



Book Presentation - Who cares to know? The Political Economy of Statistical Capacity 


Jose Antonio Mejía (IDB) - Presentation



Session 3 - Discussion: The Role of the International Statistical Community


Moderator: Hermann Habermann (USA) - Questions for Discussion

Rapporteur: Hallgrímur Snorrason (Iceland)



Photos taken during the event can be found in: