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12 April 2021

Virtual meeting
Bangkok

Open meeting

Stats Cafe no. 34

The Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series on "Making Headways in Disaster-Related Statistics" was held on Monday 12 April 2021, 12:00 -13:30 hrs. (Bangkok time, GMT+7).

About the session

This Stats Café session will showcase the recent efforts and advances in disaster-related statistics being undertaken by ESCAP and UN partner agencies through enhanced regional cooperation and platforms.  This is with the aim of improving the production, dissemination and use of disaster-related statistics at the national and regional levels to promote evidence-based policymaking for building disasters resilience; reporting to and monitoring of the Sendai Monitoring Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Programme

  1. Welcome Remarks by Rikke Munk Hansen, Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section, ESCA
  2. Introduction of the Speakers by Puji Pujiono, Senior Adviser, Technical Working Group (TWG) on Disaster-related Statistics, ESCAP
  3. Presentations by
    • Maria Fe Talento, Statistician, Statistics Division, ESCAP
    • Michael Nagy, Statistician, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
    • Timothy Wilcox, Programme Management Officer, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
  4. Question and Answer
  5. Presentations by
    • Sara Duerte Valero, Regional Advisor, Gender Statistics, UN Women, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
    • Amin Shamseddini, Programme Officer, Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information (APDIM), ESCAP
  6. Question and Answer
  7. Summary of the Stats Café by Puji Pujiono
  8. Closing Remarks by Rikke Munk Hansen
Asia-Pacific Stats Café Series: Making Headways in Disaster-Related Statistics
Maria Fe Talento
Maria Fe Talento
Statistician, Statistics Division, ESCAP
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Maria Talento is a Statistician of the Economic and Environment Section of the Statistics Division in ESCAP, who is in charge of disaster-related statistics, and other work areas on System of Environment-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and review of National Statistical Systems.  Prior to joining ESCAP in 2019, she worked at the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) as Chief of the Programs, Policy and Advocacy Division (PPAD); the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) as Chief in the Economic Statistics Office handling National Accounts and Environment-Economic Accounts; and the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Statistical Coordination Office, as Economic Development Analyst for the  Monitoring of Economic and Social Indicators System Project. She holds an MSc degree in Natural Resources Management at the ITC, Universiteit Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.

Michael Nagy
Michael Nagy
Statistician, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Michael Nagy works as Statistician at the UNECE Statistical Division where he is responsible for the work streams on environment statistics, SEEA and disaster-related statistics. Before joining UNECE 6 years ago he was Head of the Section on Environment Statistics of the Qatar Statistics Authority. Michael also worked for more than 12 years at the Austrian Environment Agency as expert for water management, environment statistics, environmental-economic accounting and management of environmental information. He has a master's degree on landscape design and planning of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna.

Timothy Wilcox
Timothy Wilcox
Program Management Officer, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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Timothy Wilcox is based in Bangkok, and currently leads the Sendai Framework Monitoring in the Asia Pacific region, and is the manager of UNDRR activities in South-East Asia and Private Sector resilience in Asia.  He was also the former Head of Office for UNDRR’s Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific based in Suva, Fiji for five years.

Prior to UNDRR, he served in the Australian Public Service for 13 years and was posted to the Australian High Commission in Fiji as Disaster Risk Management Team Leader managing Australian disaster mitigation, response and recovery efforts in the Pacific, and in the Australian Aid Program managing humanitarian policy, disaster risk reduction, and regional pandemic and health programs in both Asia and Pacific regions.

Familiar with the diverse challenges of natural hazards and disasters, he also served for seven years in the emergency services in both Canberra and Brisbane in Australia. He holds post-graduate qualifications in Emergency Management from Florida State University, a Masters of Human Services with Honours, and a Bachelor of Social Work.  He is also a full member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

Sara Valero
Sara Valero
Regional Advisor, Gender Statistics, UN Women Regional Office, Asia and the Pacific
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Sara Duerto Valero is the Regional Advisor on Gender Statistics in UN Women’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, where she manages the Flagship Programme Initiative “Making Every Woman and Girl Count.” Besides planning and implementing interventions to support the quality, availability and use of gender statistics across Asia and the Pacific, she provides technical advice and prepares analytical materials on gender statistics. Before joining the regional office, she worked as a statistics specialist in UN Women’s Headquarters. Previously, Sara was a statistician at the Statistics Division of the United Nations Secretariat (UNSD), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP-SD), and UNESCO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and a graduate degree on Business from the Universidad de Zaragoza.

Amin Shamseddini
Amin Shamseddini
Programme Officer, Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information (APDIM), ESCAP
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Amin Shamseddini is Programme Officer at the Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Management (APDIM) of ESCAP since September 2019. Amin has extensive work experience in the field of disaster risk reduction with various offices within the United Nations System in the Asia and Pacific region including ESCAP’s ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UNDRR and UNDP. Amin Shamseddini has a BSc in Water Engineering, MSc in Natural Disaster Management and currently, he is a PhD candidate on Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management at the Asian Institute of Technology.

Puji Pujiono
Puji Pujiono
Senior Adviser, Technical Working Group (TWG) On Disaster Related Statistics, ESCAP
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Puji Pujiono is currently the Senior Adviser to the TWG on Disaster-Related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific of ESCAP, where he previously was one of the drivers of the Expert Group that developed the Disaster-Related Statistical Framework (DRSF). Concurrently, he is also Chairperson of the Task Force on Disaster Statistics and the Environment, Indonesian Statistics Society, an oversight and advisory body to the National Statistical System where he continues developing the Indonesia One Disaster Data. His previous positions with various UN agencies include Senior Programme Officer in the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information Centre; Regional Adviser on disaster risk reduction and other senior positions in disaster management, emergency and humanitarian response. He is also known to be one of the powers behind the development of the ASEAN Regional Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response and the Indonesian Disaster Management Legislation. A social worker by education and profession, Puji holds a Doctoral Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines.

Rikke Munk Hansen
Rikke Munk Hansen
Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section, Statistics Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
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Rikke Munk Hansen is the Chief, Economic and Environment Statistics Section, Statistics Division, ESCAP. Currently, she is the Co-Chair of the newly stablished Inter Agency and Expert Group (IAEG) on disaster-related statistics.  She has worked with sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific during the past 21 years, including on statistics, the energy sector, and programme management and evaluation. Rikke manages ESCAP’s work on economic and environment statistics, including its efforts to develop guidance on disaster-related statistics. Rikke holds a Master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Aalborg University, Denmark and the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Email: hansenrm@un.org

Title Speaker/Presenter
PPT
Moving Progress and Capacity Building Efforts to Advance Disaster related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific Maria Fe Talento, Statistician, Statistics Division, ESCAP
The Role of Official Statistics in Measuring Hazardous Events and Disasters Michael Nagy, Statistical Division, UNECE
Sendai Framework Monitor Update: Asia-Pacific Timothy Wilcox Program Management Officer, UNDRR Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
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Recent developments and initiatives for integrating gender into disaster and climate change statistics Sara Valero Regional Advisor, Gender Statistics, UN Women Regional Office, Asia and the Pacific
Understanding and Addressing Gaps and Needs for Disaster Risk Information and Data Management Platforms Amin Shamseddini, Programme Officer, Asian and Pacific Centre for the Development of Disaster Information (APDIM), ESCAP

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Statistics Division +66 2288 1234 stat.unescap@un.org
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