The Population and Housing
Censuses are the primary source of data about the size and
characteristics of the population; it provides the basis of a
complete demographic profile of a country and is the foundation of
all sampling surveys framework. In fact, no other survey has enough
coverage to give official and population based indicators, which are
complete, accurate and up-to-date.
At its six session held in October 2004, the Statistical Committee
called on ESCWA to form a regional taskforce to coordinate efforts
in relation to the planning of next round of population and housing
censuses. Later the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), at
its 36th session held in March 2005 approved the
2010 World Population and
Housing Census Programme, to be implemented from 2005 to 2014.
The goal of the World Programme is three fold:
Agree on a set of accepted
international principles and recommendations governing the
conduct of population and housing censuses;
Conduct a population and
housing censuses at least once during the period 2005-2014;
Disseminate census results in
a timely and comprehensive manner.
In order to succeed, the regional
commissions are requested to play an active role in partnership with
member countries and the United Nations Statistics Division to
ensure the proper implementation of the World Programme.
This website is designed to support the work of ESCWA in that regard
by providing links to the relevant meetings/workshops, background
documents and to the discussion groups