International Seminar on Green Economy and Official Statistics

Seoul, the Republic of Korea
6 – 8 July 2011


Paul Cheung
Director, United Nations Statistics Division
Yi, Insill
Commissioner, Statistics Korea

This Seminar is being organised by the United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with Statistics Korea, the national statistics office of the Republic of Korea. 

A green economy has been recognised as one of the critical development models for the future which improves well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. The concept of a green economy has become a centre of policy debates in recent years. During the recent global financial crisis, the United Nations General Assembly and several United Nations agencies underscored that the crisis represented an opportunity to promote green economy initiatives as part of the stimulus packages being put in place to support the recovery. The General Assembly has decided one of its major themes for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro as “a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.”

We envisage the following outcomes from the Seminar:
• A recognition that official statistics will be required to inform on green economy issues and that national statistical systems will accordingly need to adapt.
• An emerging understanding of the key issues/indicators that official statistics will need to focus on.
• A sense of the work that international agencies and the United Nations Statistical Commission might best focus on, over and above what they are already doing, to support countries in this work.

Opening Remarks Paul Cheung, Director, United Nations Statistics Division
  Yi, Insill, Commissioner, Statistics Korea
  Rae Kwon Chung, Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
 
 
Soogil Young
Chairman, Presidential Committee on Green Growth
Korea's Green Growth Policies and Challenges
Chun Kyoo Park
Director-General, Climate Change Policy Team,
Presidential Committee on Green Growth
Green Growth Policy of the Republic of Korea
Yeon Ok Choi
Director-General, Statistical Research Institute
Development of Green Growth Statistics
Rae Kwon Chung
Director, Environment and Development Division,
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Measuring System Change for Green Growth
Walter Radermacher
Director-General, Eurostat
Green Economy and Official Statistics
Paul Schreyer
Deputy Director, Statistics Directorate, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Green Growth Indicators: OECD Experience
Glenn-Marie Lange
Team leader, Policy and Economics, Environment Department, The World Bank
The World Bank’s Work on Statistics for Green Growth
Robert Edwards
Inter-regional Adviser, United Nations Statistics Division
The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) – A framework for measuring interactions between the environment and the economy
Fulai Sheng
Head, Research and Partnerships Unit,
United Nations Environment Programme
Monitoring the Transition Towards a Green Economy
Stefan Ulrich Speck
Integrated Environmental Assessments Programme, European Environment Agency
Economic Instruments as a Tool for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction – the perspective of EU countries
Peter Harper
Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
Economic instruments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and statistical issues arising
Konrad Pesendorfer
Director General, Statistics Austria
Identifying Green Jobs - Adapting Statistical Classifications
Ralf Becker
Head, Industrial and Energy Statistics Section, United Nations Statistics Division
Adapting statistical classifications to green growth measurement
Mieke Reece
Section Head, Oil and Gas Statistics, International Energy Agency
Energy statistics to inform on energy supply and demand
Paul Schreyer
Deputy Director, Statistics Directorate, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Measuring Carbon Dioxide Emissions Embodied in Consumption
Rob Smith
Director, Environmental Accounts and Statistics, Statistics Canada
The Role of Household Surveys in Measuring the Green Economy
Material and Energy Flow Data in Measures of the Green Economy
Sjoerd Schenau
Project Manager, National Accounts, Statistics Netherlands
Green Growth in the Netherlands
Francisco Javier Jiminez Nava
Deputy Director General of Natural Resources and Environment, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico
Vegetation and Green growth in Mexico
V. Parmeshwarn
Deputy Director General, Central Statistical Organisation, India
Environmental Accounting: Indian Perspective
Francisco Guillen Martin
Deputy General Director of National Accounts, National Institute of Statistics and Geography, Mexico
Economic and Environmental Accounting and Green Growth
The Economic-Environmental Accounting and the Green Growth
Riaan Grobler
Manager, Application of National Accounts, Statistics South Africa
Statistics South Africa’s position on environmental statistics
 

Contact:

Rob Edwards
United Nations Statistics Division
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