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Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics

As a follow-up to the programme review of energy statistics during the 36th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (1-4 March 2005) and the recommendations of the Ad-hoc Expert Group on Energy Statistics (New York, 23-25 May 2005), the UN Statistical Commission approved the establishment of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics to:

“…enhance the coordination of international energy statistics and the collaboration of international (global, regional and sectoral) organizations with a view to improving the availability and quality of international energy statistics without increasing the response burden on countries and by making best use of resources”. (see also the terms of reference)

The terms of reference of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics include the following:

(a) Making an inventory of the current data collection, processing and dissemination system of the major organizations working on energy statistics;

(b) Reducing the reporting burden by harmonizing data collection, processing and dissemination, by limiting duplication and/or by building links/bridges between existing energy statistics questionnaires, concepts, methods and timetables;

(c) Improving sharing of the collecting/processing work between Organizations and enhancing data-sharing and data transmission once data validation procedures have been agreed and implemented;

(d) Improving the coordination of energy statistics with social, economic and environmental statistics at the international level;

(e) Promoting training and capacity-building and coordinating the related efforts;

(f) Creating joint forums to promote the dialogue of statisticians and the user community;

(g) Raising the profile of energy statistics and energy statisticians at all levels.

Members of Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics include: international organizations and agencies engaged in the collection of energy statistics from countries at the global, regional and sectoral levels; and major users of international energy statistics.  The Secretariat of the Intersecretariat Working Group rotates among the members biennially.  Currently, the International Energy Agency serves as Secretariat. 

The Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics meets on a regular basis and reports regularly to the UN Statistical Commission.

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