Programme & Agenda

High Level Agenda

CHoSC18 is a great opportunity for Commonwealth Heads of Statistics to discuss important statistical issues.  With links to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018), and underpinned by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Conference will help to share good practice and new statistical innovations. We will also discuss future engagement, to ensure on-going collaboration across this unique group.

The overall theme is: ‘Towards a common future’.

At the Conference, we will focus on five themes:

  1. Leadership
  2. Blue Charter
  3. Big Data
  4. Education
  5. Future working

The Conference will be a mix of plenary, parallel and panel sessions.

There will also be a marketplace, where some of the stalls will link to the key themes and others will be stand alone.

Download the full agenda (draft)

We are still in the process of finalising the ChoSC18 agenda, please check here for regular updates.

Marketplace Stalls

The Conference will include a market place of stalls to showcase interesting and innovative statistical activity.



Census 2021: Outputs and Dissemination and Statistical Disclosure Control Teams
These two teams from the UK Office for National Statistics have successfully collaborated to deliver a prototype system which will revolutionise the way users access 2021 Census data. The flexible table builder is a web based interactive system where users can specify the data they need.  This is underpinned by an innovative statistical disclosure control (SDC) methodology to protect the data.  This approach is truly ground-breaking.  It combines innovative methods, best practice in delivery approach and the use of cutting edge technologies. It is fast and flexible and is pioneering in terms of providing user-defined access to secure record level data enabling the UK to make better decisions and inform policy.

Their stall will showcase the flexible table builder prototype to Commonwealth attendees through an interactive exhibit, allowing participants to get their hands on the tool itself.



Department for International Trade: UN Comtrade Data Visualisation tool
The UN Comtrade data visualisation tool was jointly developed by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), allowing users to visually explore trade statistics. Users select a country to show key statistics on its trade with the rest of the world or individual partner countries. Delegates will be able to select their own country and look at their trade with other Commonwealth member states.



Titchfield City Group on Ageing
Thanks, in the main, to decades of improved healthcare and technological progress, more of us are living longer. Global life expectancy is expected to increase, and on current projections almost 1 in 6 (1.4 billion) of the world population will be aged 60 or over by 2030. Whilst we know a great deal about the likely opportunities and impact of such significant change across the UK and globally, there are many gaps in the knowledge we need to inform the social and economic policy response.

The challenges of ageing populations around the world can be seen in everything from pressure on public services and welfare to investment decisions by pension funds. On a social level, there are implications for people becoming lonely in older age or finding difficulty in maintaining a good quality of life. But age presents opportunities as well: as we retain and develop expertise, or nurture networks and promote human rights. To ensure that these SDGs are deliverable and measurable, we need to be able to produce and use data that relates specifically to ageing. ONS is leading the task of identifying and developing these data sources and collaborating with other National Statistical Offices, civil society, UN agencies and academia. See TCGA website for more information.

Sarah Crofts and Rich Perreira, Population Statistics Division, Office for National Statistics look forward to welcoming you to the ‘Titchfield City Group on Ageing’ stand.



Other confirmed marketplace stalls include:

  • Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence
  • Natural Capital Accounts
  • ONS Data Science Campus
  • ONS Data Ethics team
  • Office for Statistics Regulation
  • Ordnance Survey: Geography and Statistics
  • Race Disparity Unit
  • STEM Ambassadors
  • UK Department for Education
  • UK Sustainable Development Goals Team
  • UN Global Platform for Data, Services and Applications


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