Virtual meeting 2020

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are jointly organizing a virtual meeting on the Covid-19 response of Statistical Organisations in the area of Communication and in Human Resource Management and Training (HRMT).

The virtual meeting is being planned and led by the Capabilities and Communication Group and by the Steering Committee of the Workshop on Dissemination and Communication of Statistics, both part of the UNECE High Level Group for the Modernisation of Official Statistics (HLG-MOS). This meeting will replace the in-person joint Workshop on Dissemination and Communication of Statistics and the Workshop on Human Resources Management and Training that originally were planned to take place back-to-back in Lisbon on 7-11 September 2020.

The programme of the workshop consisted of the following substantive topics:


  • Communicating the impact of the crisis on existing products.
  • Communicating about new products developed in response to the crisis, including providing services that are not traditionally delivered by National Statistical Offices.
  • Communication with data providers and respondents.

Overlapping topics

  • Internal communication in times of Covid-19 with respect to working remotely, safeguarding the heath of staff, and measures to ensure their well-being during this period.
  • Remote recruitment, induction/onboarding and training and how to engage new staff during the confinement and in the ‘new’ normal and more permanent changes to our organisations in these activities.

Human Resources Management and Training

  • How we quickly reacted to COVID-19 in terms of shifting our statistical works.
  • How we change from traditional fixed office working hours to remote working and flexible hours.
  • Remote training strategies and technical solutions.
  • Managing staff performance and balancing work-life in times of the crisis.
  • How to find work balance with private life during the confinements.
  • Impact and new arrangements in the ‘new’ normal way of working and accommodate and manage a wider variety of working arrangements and expectations.

The Information about the Communication part of the meeting could be found here:

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