Current chair: Bert Kroese, Statistics Netherlands
The UNCEEA was established by the UN Statistical Commission at its 36th session in March 2005. The UNCEEA has the following three broad objectives:
Mainstream environmental-economic accounts and related statistics
Elevate the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA) to an international statistical standard
Advance the implementation of the SEEA in countries
To achieve these objectives, the UNCEEA programme of work focuses on:
Coordination of programmes in environment-economic accounts and related statistics among international agencies and countries
Implementation of the SEEA in countries around the world and promotion of its use in support of government policy
Furthering methodologies by identifying and prioritising critical issues, establishing appropriate mechanisms to address those issues, monitoring progress, reviewing proposed solutions and submitting recommendations to the United Nations Statistical Commission
Harmonization of data collection activities of environment and related statistics with concepts and definitions of environmental-economic accounts
The Bureau was established in 2007 to assist the Chair to carry out specific activities in between meetings. The Bureau meets 3-4 times per year. Members of the Bureau are elected from senior officials from National Statistical Offices and International Organizations.
Members of the Bureau include Statistics Netherlands (Chair), Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics Canada, INEGI Mexico, Statistics Norway, Philippines Statistics Authority, Statistics South Africa, Eurostat, FAO, OECD, UNSD and World Bank.