Doha, 16 June 2008 - In a step seen as a reflection of the growing
international profile of Qatar, the Director General of UNESCO has
designated H E Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor Al Thani, the QSA Acting
President and Director General of the General Secretariat for
Development Planning, to be a UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
Governing Board Member.
H E Sheikh Hamad will be serving in the aforementioned board for a
period of four years, effective from 1 January 2008 to 31 December
The UIS Governing Board is composed of 12 members, six of whom are
appointed by UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura, Careful
consideration and discussion takes place to ensure a Board
membership that is composed of leading experts who are both users
and producers of statistics relating to education, natural sciences,
social and human sciences, culture, communication and information.
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) was established in
November 1999 and is based in Montreal, Canada. The UIS is a key
player in the global "Millennium Development Goals" initiative.
The remit of UIS is to provide statistical information to inform
decision-making in Member States and international organizations,
and to facilitate evidence-based debate in UNESCO’s areas of focus.
UIS conducts its work in the following four main action areas: the
collection, validation and timely dissemination of policy-relevant
cross-national statistics, indicators and related documentation; the
development of methodology to underpin the collection and estimation
of reliable data which can be compared cross-nationally; providing
support for building the statistical and analytical capacities of
Member States; and the analysis and interpretation of cross-national
HE Sheikh Hamad said “I see this as a great opportunity for Qatar to
participate in the wider international community in a way that
reflects Qatar’s development priorities in education, science and