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Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)

27-11-2017  – 01-12-2017 Libreville

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a sub-regional workshop entitled “Workshop on Environment Statistics in support of the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) for the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) region”, in collaboration with the African Development Bank. It will take place in Libreville, Gabon from 27 November to 1 December 2017, with on-ground support being provided by the ECCAS Secretariat and the Government of Gabon. Several other international and inter-governmental organizations are expected to participate in the Workshop, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), l’Institut Sous-régional de Statistique et d’Economie Appliquée (ISSEA), la Commission des Forêts d’Afrique Centrale (COMIFAC), La Commission Régionale des Pêches du Golfe de Guinée, (COREP), Pool Energétique de l'Afrique Centrale (PEAC) and L’Observatoire Économique et Statistique d’Afrique Subsaharienne (AFRISTAT).

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Meeting on Electronic Waste Statistics for the East African Community Region

28-10-2017  – 28-10-2017 Arusha

Given UNSD’s recent work with the EAC member states in conducting a Pilot Questionnaire on Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Statistics in collaboration with the United Nations University (UNU), a one-day Meeting focusing on E-Waste Statistics will be organized by UNU back-to-back with the Final Workshop and be held in Arusha, Tanzania on 28 October 2017. This meeting shall help improving data availability and quality in Africa.

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Final Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region

23-10-2017  – 27-10-2017 Arusha

As part of the Development Account Project on Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will organize the Final Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community (EAC) member states in Arusha, Tanzania from 23 to 27 October 2017.

The Workshop will focus on discussing the progress in the implementation of the FDES 2013, finalizing a regional environment statistics compendium and finalizing a list of regional indicators based on EAC policies which will help countries prioritize their work to improve regional integration. The countries will present the results made in environment statistics during the project. They will also share their experiences by presenting the main challenges they faced and how they overcame them. Other topics related to environment statistics will be presented, such as climate change statistics.

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Fourth Meeting of the Expert Group on Environment Statistics

03-05-2017  – 05-05-2017 Prague

The Fourth Meeting of the Expert Group on Environment Statistics (EGES), organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), will be held in from 3 to 5 May 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic. The meeting will be hosted by the Czech Statistical Office. The meeting will be attended by approximately 35 experts in environment statistics from countries and regional and international organizations.

The Statistical Commission at its forty-fourth session in 2013 endorsed the revised Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) (https://unstats.un.org/unsd/environment/fdes.htm) as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries and requested UNSD to convene a standing Expert Group on Environment Statistics to collaborate with UNSD to assist the Statistics Division in future methodological work and other aspects of the application of the revised Framework in countries.

The fourth meeting will discuss, inter alia: (i) the draft methodology sheets of the Manual for the Basic Set of Environment Statistics; (ii) the implementation of the FDES 2013 and the reporting template to summarize the results of the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT); (iii) environmentally-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators; (iv) the regular biennial data collection in water and waste statistics via the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics, as well as pilot testing in selected new areas; (v) best practices in environmentally-related censuses and surveys; and (vi) recent developments and plans in global work in climate change statistics and indicators.

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Workshop on Environment Statistics for the East African Community Region

27-03-2017  – 31-03-2017 Arusha

As part of the Development Account Project on Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will organize a regional workshop for the East African Community (EAC) member states in Arusha, Tanzania from 27 to 31 March 2017.

The Workshop will focus on discussing the progress in the implementation of the FDES 2013, developing a list of regional indicators, and reviewing of data availability for the environmentally-related SDG indicators. The countries will present the progress made in environment statistics since the project’s inception. They will also share their experiences by presenting the main challenges they faced and how they overcame them. A draft list of regional indicators according to the EAC policies will be presented. The countries will discuss their relevance and data availability in their national context in working groups. A review of data availability for the environmentally-related SDG indicators and plans for filling gaps will be conducted. As part of this work, best practices in environmentally-related censuses and surveys will be presented.

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National Missions (Bilateral Consultations and Workshops) on Strengthening Environment Statistics for Improved Monitoring of Sustainable Development in Uganda and Kenya

15-08-2016  – 26-08-2016 Kampala

As part of the Development Account Project on Supporting Member States in developing and strengthening environment statistics and integrated environmental-economic accounting for improved monitoring of sustainable development, the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) will organize two national missions in August in Uganda (Kampala, 15 to 19 August 2016) and Kenya (Nairobi, 22 to 26 August 2016). These missions are being organized following the Workshop on Environment Statistics in support of the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) for the five member states of the East African Community (EAC) region that took place in Arusha, Tanzania in July 2015 (http://unstats.un.org/unsd/ENVIRONMENT/unsd_EAC_Project.html).

Both missions will be composed of two activities, bilateral consultations and a national workshop. The bilateral consultations will take place on the Mondays and Fridays, while the workshops will be conducted during the rest of the week.

1/ The bilateral consultations with the national statistical offices (NSOs) in Uganda (15 and 19 August) and in Kenya (22 and 26 August) aim to engage in detailed discussions with the counterparts in the NSOs about the main issues regarding environment statistics in the country. The bilateral discussions on the first day should also lead to a better understanding of the main data gaps, which could then be discussed during the workshops. The bilateral discussions on the last day will examine the way forward and identify steps to be taken to finalize the work plan and fill data gaps.

2/ The main goal of the national workshops in Uganda (16-18 August) and in Kenya (23-25 August) is to bring the stakeholders together to increase awareness of the need for environment statistics in the country. For this purpose the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) and the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT) will be used extensively in the workshops. A draft national work plan will also be discussed during the workshops.

The target audience of the workshops includes the technical staff of the NSO, Ministry of Environment and other line ministries. The workshop content is very relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) since many of the environment statistics to be discussed and analysed are necessary for the measurement of countries’ progress toward achieving the Goals. The use of the FDES 2013 will help countries address the increasing demand for integrated information in support of integrated policies in the follow-up to Rio+20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the strengthening of environmental statistics and indicators.

Following these missions, UNSD will organize national missions in the other three EAC countries (Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi) involved in the project, as well as a final regional workshop. To ensure follow-up to the project and to strengthen capacities at the sub-regional level, staff of the EAC Secretariat are also participating in the different activities.

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Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

29-03-2016  – 01-04-2016 Ulaanbaatar

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the final regional workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 29 March – 1April.

The workshop, entitled “Strengthening basic statistics to support the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place on 29 March-1 April 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and is co-organized by the national statistical office of Mongolia.

The workshop will summarize and evaluate the activities of the project, provide a forum for the sharing of experiences among the pilot and non-pilot countries of the project, as well as discuss ways to apply the knowledge gained in producing statistics and indicators in the domains of environment, energy, agriculture and industry to the proposed indicators for measuring the targets for key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop will also discuss how the work carried out in this project will be linked to future activities by UNSD and partnering agencies, including, but not limited to, the measurement of the SDGs.

A similar workshop took place in February 2016, for the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in Quito, Ecuador.

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Strengthening basic statistics to support the Sustainable Development Goals

23-02-2016  – 26-02-2016 Quito

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the final regional workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on 23-26 February.

The workshop, entitled “Strengthening basic statistics to support the Sustainable Development Goals” will take place on 23-26 February 2016 in Quito, Ecuador, and is co-organized by the statistical office of Ecuador – INEC.

The workshop will summarize and evaluate the activities of the project, provide a forum for the sharing of experiences among the pilot and non-pilot countries of the project, as well as discuss ways to apply the knowledge gained in producing statistics and indicators in the domains of environment, energy, agriculture and industry to the proposed indicators for measuring the targets for key Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop will also discuss how the work carried out in this project will be linked to future activities by UNSD and partnering agencies, including, but not limited to, the measurement of the SDGs.

A similar workshop will take place in March/April 2016, for the Asia Pacific region in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

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Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the development of environment statistics (FDES 2013)

19-10-2015  – 23-10-2015 Lomé

The workshop is part of a series of events of DESA/SD’s regular programme of technical cooperation to support the implementation of the FDES 2013 in member states. It follows the United Nations Statistical Commission’s endorsement in 2013 of the revised FDES 2013 as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries.

The Commission also recognized the FDES 2013 as a useful tool in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The FDES 2013 is a multi-purpose conceptual and statistical framework which marks out the scope of environment statistics. It provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics at the national level and is very relevant for policy analysis and decision making.

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Supporting the implementation of the Framework for the development of environment statistics (FDES 2013)

06-07-2015  – 10-07-2015 Arusha

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a sub-regional workshop for the East African Community (EAC) countries, entitled “Environment Statistics in support of the Implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013)” led by the Division, in collaboration with the EAC Secretariat. It will take place in Arusha, United Republic of Tanzania from 6 to 10 July 2015, with hosting and on-ground support being provided by the EAC Secretariat and the United Republic of Tanzania.

Several other international and inter-governmental organizations will be participating in the Workshop, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

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Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

05-05-2015  – 08-05-2015 Hanoi

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing a regional training workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” in cooperation with the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Key elements of the workshop will cover four main statistical domains, namely environment, agriculture, energy statistics, and statistics on new themes related to green economy (e.g. environmental goods and services, green jobs).

The contents of each of the fields cover the following: general introduction to the theme; main frameworks and international recommendations covering these fields; internationally agreed definitions and metadata for selected statistics underlying green economy indicators; and detailed description and compilation methods for selected indicators from the reference green economy indicators list of the project.

The workshop will also finalize the discussion on the direct technical assistance to the pilot countries that will take place in the months following this workshop.

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Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

21-04-2015  – 24-04-2015 Lima

UN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the second regional workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). The workshop will take place in Lima, Peru on 21-24 April 2015, and is co-organized by the statistical office of Peru - INEI.

This workshop will primarily be a technical workshop that covers topics identified as needing attention and guidance in the first part of the project. Recognizing the importance of high quality statistics and their effective use in promoting evidence-based socio-economic policies and achieving internationally agreed goals, the project aims to enhance the national statistical systems’ capacity of its pilot countries to produce good quality, timely and reliable statistics and indicators to inform about progress towards achieving a green economy in the context of sustainable development.

Key elements of the workshop will cover four main statistical domains, namely environment, agriculture, energy statistics, and statistics on new themes related to green economy (e.g. environmental goods and services, green jobs).

The contents of each of the fields cover the following: general introduction to the theme; main frameworks and international recommendations covering these fields; internationally agreed definitions and metadata for selected statistics underlying green economy indicators; and detailed description and compilation methods for selected indicators from the reference green economy indicators list of the project. The workshop will also finalize the discussion on the direct technical assistance to the pilot countries that will take place in the months following this workshop.

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Regional workshop for countries in Asia and the Pacific on supporting developing countries measure progress towards achieving a green economy

20-01-2015  – 23-01-2015 Bangkok

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising a regional workshop within the United Nations Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy”. The project is led by UNSD in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

Recognising the importance of high quality statistics and their effective use in promoting evidence-based socio-economic policies and achieving internationally agreed goals, the project aims to enhance the national statistical systems’ capacity in selected pilot countries. This is expected to lead to the production of good quality, timely and reliable statistics and indicators to inform about progress towards achieving a green economy in the context of sustainable development.

The workshop will serve as an opportunity to strengthen national data production and coordinate efforts for improving underlying environment, energy, agricultural and other statistics in the region. It will bring together statisticians and policy makers that use and produce such indicators. Moreover, the workshop is important given the current policy context and the emergence of the sustainable development goals in the context of the post 2015 development agenda, as well as national efforts to move towards sustainable development around the world.

Key elements of the workshop include: a review of potential indicators, suitable for developing countries, that can be used to inform on green economy and sustainable development issues; the sharing of experiences from the assessment exercise in the four pilot countries of the region; and a more detailed discussion of technical issues in selected areas of statistics that are relevant for the compilation of indicators informing on green economy issues.

The workshop will be followed by direct technical assistance to the pilot countries in the next phase of this project.

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Regional workshop for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on supporting developing countries measure progress towards achieving a green economy

02-12-2014  – 05-12-2014 Santiago

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organising the first regional workshop within the United Nations Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” led by UNSD in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).

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Training workshop on environment and energy statistics for Arab countries

08-09-2013  – 12-09-2013 Amman

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) together with the Arab Institute for Training and Research in Statistics (AITRS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) is organizing a Training Workshop on Environment and Energy Statistics for Arab Countries from 8-12 September 2013 in Amman, Jordan. This workshop, which is envisaged as first in a series of workshops on environment and energy statistics, will review the basic concepts, methods and international recommendations on environment and energy statistics as well as the main interrelationships between the two areas. It will also provide a forum for sharing country experiences and will identify priority areas for the region for the subsequent training workshops.

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Expert group meeting on the Framework for the development of environment statistics

05-11-2012  – 07-11-2012 New York

The United Nations Statistical Commission, at its 41st session, endorsed a work programme and the establishment of an Expert Group for the revision of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES) After two years of intensive work the revised Framework, including a Core Set of Environment Statistics, has been submitted for pilot testing and global consultation.

The revised FDES is a multipurpose conceptual and statistical framework that is comprehensive and integrative in nature. It provides an organizing structure to guide the collection and compilation of environment statistics and to synthesize data from various subject areas and sources. It is broad and holistic in nature, covering the issues and aspects of the environment that are relevant for analysis, policy and decision making.

The revised FDES together with a plan for its implementation, is expected to be submitted to the forty fourth session of the Statistical Commission for approval in February 2013. UNSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting from 5-7 November 2012 in New York to discuss the outcome of the pilot testing and the global consultation and develop a plan how to move the implementation of the FDES forward.

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Workshop on environment statistics

05-12-2011  – 09-12-2011 Yaoundé

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in collaboration with the Economic Commission of Africa, is organizing a Workshop on Environment Statistics for the francophone Central African countries which will take place in Yaounde, Cameroon from 5 to 9 December 2011. The main objectives of the Workshop are to: (a) adopt a list of environmental statistics and indicators for the Central African region for national and regional reporting; (b) review methodologies for the ECOWAS regional core set of environmental indicators for use in this region; (c) develop a way forward for a draft regional programme on environment statistics; (d) train participants from national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies on basic concepts, methods and best practices in environment statistics; and (e) provide a forum for exchange of information on the status of national environment statistics.

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Workshop on environment statistics for the South-East Asian countries

05-12-2011  – 07-12-2011 Hanoi

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in cooperation with the General Statistics Office of Viet Nam, will organize a Workshop on Environment Statistics for the South-East Asian countries from 5 to 7 December 2011 in Hanoi, Viet Nam. This workshop is being organized within the framework of the UNDESA Development Account Project on Building Statistical Capacity in the Low Income Countries of South-East Asia.

This workshop is aimed at assisting the participating countries by providing the fundamentals of environment statistics from the global and national perspectives, while learning more closely about the environmental challenges and statistical needs from the countries; introducing the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics, the Core Set of Environment Statistics and the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics. The need for environment statistics and indicators, methodological developments, global data collections and international sources of environment statistics, as well as resources needed to engage in production of environment statistics will also be discussed at the workshop.

Participating countries will include the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam (host), the Kingdom of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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Expert group meeting on the System of environmental-economic accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy)

10-10-2011  – 13-10-2011 New York

The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing a meeting of the Expert Group on System of Environmental-Economic Accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy) in New York from October 5-7. The expert group consists of energy accountants and statisticians from national statistics offices as well as international organizations. The main objective of the meeting is to review and discuss the current draft of the SEEA-Energy. In particular, participants will focus on a number of important topics related to the structure of the publication, its content and organization. Participants will also discuss issues that emerged as a result of the initial consultation on the document. The recommendations from the expert group will provide inputs in the final draft of the SEEA which is shortly being submitted to global consultation and in the finalization of the SEEA-Energy.

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International seminar on green economy and official statistics

06-07-2011  – 08-07-2011 Seoul

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 is “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.

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2nd meeting of the Expert group on the revision of the Framework for the development of environment statistics (FDES)

04-05-2011  – 06-05-2011 New York

The main objective of the second meeting of the Expert Group is to discuss and reach agreement on the fundamental structure and main building blocks of the revised FDES based on the analysis of relevant key concepts, scientific, policy and statistical frameworks. The meeting is expected to agree on the contents and detailed annotated outline of the revised FDES handbook. The experts will also discuss the criteria and process for the selection of a core set of environment statistics. The revised FDES is expected to be presented to the 43rd session of the Statistical Commission in February 2012.

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Expert group meeting on the revision of the Framework for the development environment statistics

08-11-2010  – 10-11-2010 New York

UNSD, in collaboration with Statistics Canada is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on the Revision of the Framework for the Development Environment Statistics on 8-10 November 2011 in New York.

The Expert Group will revise the United Nations Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics, published in 1984, on the basis of improved scientific knowledge about the environment and new cross-disciplinary requirements created by emerging environmental concerns and their management. The main objective of this EGM is to agree on the conceptual framework that best supports an integrative approach to environment statistics and helps countries to establish and improve their national environment statistics systems.

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5th meeting of the United Nations Committee of experts on environmental-economic accounting (UNCEEA)

23-06-2010  – 25-06-2010 New York

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) is an intergovernmental body providing strategic vision and direction to environmental-economic accounting and related statistics. The Fifth UNCEEA meeting will discuss progress made in resolving the issues in the issue list for Volume 1 of the revised System of Environmental and Economic Accounts (SEEA). It will also discuss the proposal for a list of issues for Volume 2 in particular related to the classification of ecosystem services and their valuation. Papers related to climate change, sustainability and integrated resources management will also be presented that are the themes of Volume 3 on the applications of the SEEA. Progress in drafting the SEEA-Energy, the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics and their synergies will be discussed.

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Joint task force on environmental indicators

03-05-2010  – 04-05-2010 Geneva

The Joint Task Force on Environmental Indicators has been established to foster collaboration of national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies in the improvement of environment statistics. The meeting, organized jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and UNSD, will review the Guidelines on the Application of Environmental Indicators in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. It will discuss the indicators revised on the basis of the conclusions of the first meeting and will consider further indicators for revision based on countries’ experience with their application. It will also look into the possibility to include new indicators to fill in gaps in the coverage of some of the priority subject areas.

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Expert group meeting on the Framework for the development of environment statistics

10-11-2009  – 12-11-2009 New York

The meeting is organized by UNSD in collaboration with Statistics Canada. The objectives of the meeting are to discuss a conceptual framework that best supports an integrative approach to environment statistics and helps countries to establish and improve their national environment statistics systems. The meeting will review the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics and its accompanying handbooks and will advise UNSD on the directions to take in the revision of these documents as well as on the modalities of the revision process. The conclusions of the EGM will be submitted to the 41st Session of the Statistical Commission in February 2010.

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Joint UNSD/UNECE meeting on environmental indicators

31-08-2009  – 02-09-2009 Geneva

The joint meeting will bring together statisticians and environmental experts from the countries of the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region and South-Eastern Europe as well as from other European countries and international/regional organizations. The objectives of the meeting are to (i) discuss priorities and modalities of cooperation on methodological issues of environmental indicators in 2009-2010; (ii) review in detail selected indicators covered by the UNECE Indicator Guidelines to provide practical recommendations on the use of statistical classifications, data collection methods and procedures for the production of indicators; (iii) exchange information on international developments related to environmental indicators that may be important but are currently not included in the Guidelines and provide references to available guidance materials; (iv) initiate discussions on modern presentation formats and tools for effective dissemination of environmental indicators including the use of modern information technologies.

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Conference on climate change, development and official statistics in the Asia-Pacific region

11-12-2008  – 12-12-2008 Seoul

The Korean National Statistical Office (KNSO) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) are jointly organizing a Conference on Climate Change, Development and Official Statistics in the Asia-Pacific Region.  The Conference is to discuss the regional relevance of the recommendations of the Oslo Conference on Climate Change and Official Statistics held in April 2008 and to contribute to the shaping and refining of a roadmap for the development of official climate change statistics at the national, regional and the international level. The roadmap will be submitted to the 40th session of the UN Statistical Commission in February 2009 for further deliberation.

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Workshop on environment statistics

19-05-2008  – 23-05-2008 Abuja

The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is organizing a Workshop on Environment Statistics at the ECOWAS Commission headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria for about forty-one participants from national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies from the ECOWAS member states. The main objectives of the Workshop are to: (a) adopt a list of environmental statistics and indicators for the ECOWAS region for national and regional reporting based on the African regional list of environmental statistics and indicators agreed upon at the UNSD/UNEP/ECA Workshop on Environment Statistics in July 2007; (b) review draft methodologies for the set of indicators agreed upon at the UNSD/UNEP/ECA Workshop on Environment Statistics in July 2007; (c) review the draft ECOWAS regional programme on environment statistics; (d) train participants from national statistical offices and environmental ministries/agencies on basic concepts, methods and best practices in environment statistics; (e) provide a forum for exchange of information on the status of national environment statistics; and (f) enhance the capacity of statisticians in developing countries to develop and improve their capabilities in environment statistics. The Workshop will cover statistics on freshwater resources and their use, marine resources, land use and land degradation, forests, biodiversity, air emissions and air quality; waste; natural disasters and environmental health, based on the UNSD/UNEP Questionnaire on Environment Statistics and other training/methodological material.

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Expert group meeting on energy and environment statistics

07-08-2006  – 09-08-2006 Abuja

TUNSD, in collaboration with ECOWAS, executed a project entitled “Strengthening Statistical Capacity-building in Support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Region of the Economic Community of West African States”, which main objective was to strengthen the national statistical systems in the 15 countries of the ECOWAS region in support of the MDGs as well as in statistical fields such as energy and environment statistics. As part of the follow-up to the project, ECOWAS is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on Energy and Environment Statistics in collaboration with UNSD to be held in Abuja in August.

The main purpose of the meeting is to discuss and finalize strategic frameworks for strengthening capacity in the development and institutionalization of energy and environment statistics in the ECOWAS region. Experts from national statistical offices and energy/environment ministries/agencies in the ECOWAS region will participate in the meeting. The strategic frameworks for energy and environment statistics include the objectives, actions and outputs of long-term programmes of energy and environment statistics and demonstrate the transition from a project to established programmes, hence implying sustainability of the UNSD/ECOWAS project. The outputs of the meeting will be presented for approval to the ECOWAS Steering Committee meeting to be held on 28 August 2006.

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Workshop on energy and environment statistics for the Gulf Council Countries

01-05-2006  – 03-05-2006 Doha

The workshop is organized and hosted by The Planning Council of Qatar. Experts from the statistical offices and other governmental agencies of the GCC countries are to attend the meeting.

The workshop is to overview the activities of the United Nations Statistics Division with special emphasis on energy and environment statistics and support to build and increase capacities to improve energy and environment statistics and indicators. Also it is to discuss environment statistics and environmental impact assessment, frameworks, concepts and definitions, significance of legal and institutional frameworks and overview the annual questionnaires. Furthermore, it is to provide a forum for exchanges of information on the status of the national energy and environment statistics and to support establishing a network of energy and environment statisticians and other experts in the GCC countries.

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Workshop on environmental statistics

28-02-2005  – 04-03-2005 Dakar

This Workshop is jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs' Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistics and Economic Projections Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECLAC).

The Workshop will focus on the current revision processes of economic and social classifications and will in particular: (1) Review the current implementation and use of national activity and product classifications and their relationship to the International Standard Industrial Classification of all Economic Activities (ISIC) and the Central Product Classification (CPC) in the ECLAC region; (2) Provide an up-to-date account of the revision processes for ISIC and CPC and highlight crucial changes and proposals that have emerged in the final phases of the revisions; (3) Collect additional input from countries in the region on open questions in the ISIC and CPC revision; (4) Address implementation issues in connection with the revised classifications; (5)Provide information on issues regarding the revision of the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO) and seek countries' input into this process; (6) Discuss measures to facilitate cooperation in the field of classifications, including coordination of work on regional/sub regional cooperation in classifications.


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