The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics was elected to chair, for two years, the UN Statistical Commission, on March 8, in New York. Consisting of representatives of 24 member countries, the Statistical Commission is a subsidiary body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and will perform the important task of approving the global indicator framework for monitoring the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the 169 targets agreed. It is the first time Brazil will chair the Commission, through the President of IBGE, Mrs. Wasmália Bivar, who is the first Latin American woman to hold the position.
The Inter-agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) has been tasked to develop the list of global indicators for the Sustainable Development goals, in which IBGE represents the region formed by Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. Several national statistics agencies of other countries conducted consultations processes that led to the choice of IBGE to chair the Statistical Commission due to the prominent role it has played at the IAEG-SDGs and to its recognized technical expertise.