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


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..




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, 




Announcement: IAOS Executive Committe 2019-2021




Following the IAOS Statutes, the 2018 Nominating Committee, in charge of selecting the candidates for posts of President-elect and four EXCO members, having one candidate for each position and taking into account a proper regional representation and gender balance as much as possible, has come up with the following list:


Members of the EXCO:


President: Mr. John Pullinger (UK);

President-elect: Mr. Misha Belkindas (USA);

Member: Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin (Asia, second term);

Member: Mr. Peter Popoola (Africa, first term);

Member: Ms. Hasnae Fdhil (Arab Region, second term);

Member: Ms. Gemma Van Halderen (Oceania, second term, EXCO lead on 2022 Conference).

Member (ex-officio): Ms. Ada Van Krimpen (Director of the Permanent Office of the ISI).


Co-opted Members:


Mr. Rolando Ocampo Alcantar (Latin America and the Caribbean);

Mr. Jan Robert Suesser (Europe, IAOS representative to the ISI WSC);

Ms. Ayush Ariunzaya (Conference Advisor for the IAOS 2020 Conference in Zambia).


Special Invitees:


Dr. Kirsten West (Editor in Chief, SJIAOS, until August 2019);

Mr. Pieter Everaers (Editor in Chief, SJIAOS, from August 2019);

Ms. Teodora Brandmueller (SCORUS Chair);

Ms. Nancy McBeth (Special Advisor to the President);

Mr. Ronald Jansen (UNSD);

Mr. Oliver Chinganya (Programme Chair of the IAOS 2020 Conference in Zambia);

Mr. Kees Zeelenberg (Former Programme Chair of the IAOS-OECD 2018 Conference in Paris).


I would like to thank the Nominating Committee members for their work and wish the new EXCO for 2019-2021 the best of luck and success.


Mario Palma

IAOS President 2017-2019