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Workshop on sharing implementation experiences of water accounts and statistics for better policy making in southern African countries (Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe)

08-05-2013  – 10-05-2013 Balaclava

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in partnership with the Division of Sustainable Development (DSD), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), and the World Bank are organizing a capacity development workshop on water accounts and statistics to be held in Mauritius in May 2013.

The workshop is for participants from the National Statistics Offices and water or environment ministries or agencies from Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Workshops on water accounts and statistics are organized by the UNSD in the context of the implementation strategy of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA-Water) adopted as an international standard by the United Nations Statistics Commission.

On the other hand, the DSD is working with countries as follow-up to Rio+20, including capacity development in monitoring and accountability frameworks and mechanisms for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and post 2015 agenda.

The SEEA Central Framework is considered as one of the main foundation frameworks for supporting the development and tracking of the SDGs and post-2015 development indicators.

Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have initiated efforts for implementing the SEEA through initiatives from UNSD, SADC and the World Bank.

They participated in a workshop held in South Africa in 2011.

Seychelles is joining the group in order to, together with Mauritius, develop the implementation capacity suitable for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in preparation for the third International Conference on SIDS to be held in Apia, Samoa, in 2014, to which DSD is the Secretariat.

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