Membership and Organisation


The WG is country driven and open to all National Statistical Offices (NSO) of UN Member States.  International organizations,  non-government organizations, including international disability organizations, and disabled peoples organisations serve as adjunct members.

Membership invitations are sent to UN Member States’ NSOs biannually. Meeting invitations are sent to all Washington Group member NSOs each year in advance of the annual meeting.

If you are interested in becoming a member or adjunct member please email the Secretariat at


The Secretariat

The Secretariat for the Washington City Group is the United States National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The Secretariat is responsible for coordinating the activities of the WG members, corresponding with members, documenting activities and accomplishments, organizing  the annual meetings and reporting to the United Nations Statistical Commission.

The NCHS is located at:

National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Rd
Hyattsville, MD 20782-2064, USA

Contact the Secretariat at


Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of the chair, four regional representatives, the past, current, and upcoming year’s meeting hosts, and the work group chairpersons. The Secretariat is an ex officio member.

The Steering Committee develops the long range work plan, oversees the agenda for the annual meeting, selects meeting hosts, and approves all WG reports

Work Groups

The Washington Group establishes work groups to continue its activities in between annual meetings. Membership in these work groups is voluntary and open to all members. Other experts can join as well.

Work groups are given mandates by the WG membership and report their work at the WG’s annual meeting. Information on current work groups can be found at:


Leonard Cheshire Disability

The Leonard Cheshire Disability and Inclusive Development Centre (LCDIDC) at University College London, the research branch of the International Department of Leonard Cheshire Disability, are hosting and coordinating the work of the WG Secretariat. Furthermore, LCDICD is responsible for coordinating and tracking the progress of the four year work plan (2015-2019) as part of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) grant to the WG which includes providing training and support to WG members.

The Principle Investigator at LCDIDC responsible for the work of the DFAT grant on behalf of the WG is Professor Nora Ellen Groce. The Project Coordinator at LCDIDC is Seema Patel

Leonard Cheshire Disability &
Inclusive Development Centre
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
University College London
Room 308, 1-19 Torrington Place,
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Contact Leonard Cheshire Disability at:,  +44 (0) 203 108 3146