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3.1 Environment (UN Statistics Division)
Environmental Statistics

Overall goal:

Improvement of the coverage, quality, comparability and timeliness of environmental data through:
• Regular revision and conduct of the UNSD/UNEP biennial Questionnaire on Environment Statistics;
• Development of methodological manuals for data compilation;
• Providing training and advisory services to countries and regions, and
• Harmonizing international data collection and dissemination efforts through the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics (IWG-ENV).

Ongoing work:

• Finalization of the 2010 data collection cycle;
• Data collection and compilation guidance for water statistics;
• Regular publication of the ENVSTAT Newsletter and maintenance of the Environment Statistics website continues; (
• Finalization of the revision of the Glossary of Environment Statistics and the publication of the revised Glossary under the aegis of the IWG-ENV;
• Act as Secretariat to the Intersecretariat Working Group on Environment Statistics;
• Preparation for regional training workshops and capacity building projects.

New activities:

• Revise the UN Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES);
• Develop a core set of environment statistics;
• Organize an Expert Group on Environment Statistics to review the UN FDES and the core set of statistics.

Environmental Accounts

On-going methodological work:

• Revision of the SEEA - manage the website "Towards the revised SEEA", manage the global consultation on the outcome papers for the issues in the issue list, provide Secretariat to the UNCEEA and its Bureau, manage the trust fund on the Revision of the SEEA, member of the editorial board, member of the London Group on Environmental Accounting, contribute to the technical discussion by drafting papers;
• Preparation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting for Energy.

New methodological work:

• Together with the World Bank and EEA, lead the work on the development of a list of issues for Volume 2 on Ecosystem Accounting.

Other activities:

• Archive of publications on environmetal-economic accounting, including country practices;
• SEEA News and Notes;
• Implementation of the SEEA-Water in countries.


• The UN Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA) was established by the UN Statistical Commission at its 36th session in March 2005. The mandate of the Committee is to (a) provide strategic vision, direction and coordination to mainstream environmental-economic accounting and supporting statistics in national, regional and international statistical systems; (b) develop normative international statistical standards and supporting methodological documents on environmental-economic accounting and supporting statistics; (c) promote the development of databases at international, regional and national level on environmental-economic accounting and supporting statistics; (d) promote the implementation of international statistical standards of environmental-economic accounting and supporting statistics in countries; and (e) promote the use of environmental-economic accounting and supporting statistics in scientific and policymaking communities.

Priority objectives:

The highest priority in the work programme of the UNCEEA is the revision of the SEEA and its elevation to an international statistical standard. The areas of work of the Committee of Experts are: (a) coordination: to foster collaboration, integration and complementarity of programmes; (b) methodological development for normative statistical standards and other research: to oversee development of standards and other methodological documents; (c) development of databases: to ensure databases are based on international statistical standards and international recommendations; (d) implementation and statistical capacity building: to develop concerted implementation strategies encompassing relevant supporting statistics and their integration in the SEEA; (e) promotion: to mainstream the environmental-economic accounting and relevant supporting statistics in the statistical systems; and (f) formulation of a statistical response on emerging policy issues: to engage prominently in the international agenda in articulating a coordinated statistical response, for example on climate change, sustainability and natural resources management.

On-going methodological work:

• Revision of the SEEA - Volume 1, the statistical standard including related applications, is expected to be submitted to the UN Statistical Commission for adoption in 2012 as international statistical standard. Volume 2 and Volume 3 are expected to be submitted to the UNSC for endorsement.
• The Committee has organized during its meetings discussions on different policy themes including climate change, green economy, resource productivity and efficiency, economics of ecosystem services and water communities.
• The Committee is developing "glossy publications" on sustainable consumption and production/green economy, resource management (example of water); and climate change.
• To share best-practices, a web-based knowledge base (archive) platform has been set-up. It features events and activities in the field of environmental-economic accounting and a searchable archive of publications.


The UNCEEA meets once a year; the Bureau meets on a regular basis by teleconference.
More information can be found at the UNCEEA website:

3.2 Regional and small area statistics (UN Statistics Division)
City Statistics

• Dissemination of data on cities population through the website and through UN Data.

3.3 Multi-domain statistics and indicators (UN Statistics Division)
Infrastructure Indicators

Ongoing work:

The World Bank's Development Data Group (DECDG) along with the Sustainable Development Vice-Presidency and the various sector and regional offices are developing a core set of infrastructure indicators and systematic database covering the energy, water & sanitation, transport, and ICT sectors which will be used to monitor project, country, and global policies & performance. Country tables on ICT, sourced mainly from the ITU, can be accessed from the World Bank's external Data site.
See also:

3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (UN Statistics Division)
Poverty Statistics

• UNSD continues its work of reviewing methodologies used by countries in poverty mapping, highlighting good practices.

Social Statistics

• UNSD convened an expert group meeting in September 2008 on the scope and content of social statistics, with the aim of seeking inputs towards an international action plan to improve social statistics. See

• UNSD serves as the secretariat for the Friends of the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Statistical Indicators on Violence against Women. The first report will be submitted to the 40th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2009.

Social Indicators

• UNSD maintains a website of Social Indicators which is updated twice a year:
See also: Gender and special population groups (UN Statistics Division)
Gender Statistics

• Following the recommendations of the 2006 Inter-Agency and Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), the Division has launched a Global Programme on Gender Statistics to promote advances in gender statistics at the global, regional and national levels through: 1) the strengthening of the collaboration among stakeholders, 2) the development and implementation of training activities and 3) the dissemination of selected gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern. As part of the Programme, the Division, in collaboration with various partners conducted the following activities:

• Inter-regional workshop on the Production of Gender Statistics, held in New Delhi, India, 6-10 August 2007.

• Global Forum on Gender Statistics, held in Rome, Italy, 10-12 December 2007.

• Second annual meeting of the IAEG-GS, held in Rome, Italy, 13 December 2007.

• Establishment of two advisory groups to provide guidance to UNSD on 1) gender statistics training and curricula development and 2) global gender indicators database.

• Development and launch of Gender Info 2007 -a global database of gender statistics and indicators in key areas of concern.

• A survey of gender statistics activities and training needs was conducted in 2008 among National Statistical Offices and relevant organizations at the regional and global levels. The aim was to obtain information in order to better tailor UNSD's upcoming activities within the Global Programme on Gender Statistics. The results of the survey are being processed and analyzed, and a report completed in 2009.

• UNSD continues to disseminate basic gender statistics and indicators through its website: "Statistics and indicators on Women and Men" which is updated semi-annually. See

• The second Global Forum on Gender Statistics was held from 26-28 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third annual meeting of the IAEG-GS was heldon 29 January 2009 in Accra, Ghana.

• The third Global Forum on gender Statistics was held in Manila, Philippines, from 11-13 October 2010.

• The fourth meeting of the IAEG0GS was held in Manila, Philippines, on 14 October 2010.

Planned meetings:

• The next meeting of the IAEG-GS and Global Forum on Gender Statistics are tentatively scheduled to take place in Jordan at the end of 2011.

3.4 Yearbooks and similar compendia (UN Statistics Division)

• Brings together selected economic, social and environmental data produced by UNSD, other UN offices and agencies, international, national and specialized organizations for dissemination in the Statistical Yearbook (print), Monthly Bulletin of Statistics (print and Internet), World Statistics Pocketbook (print) and UNdata.

Demographic Yearbook

• UNSD will continue to develop a well-structured web-site to disseminate metadata and demographic and social statistics;
• Implement conclusions and recommendations of the Expert Group Meeting to Review the United Nations Demographic Yearbook system: for details please see See also:; in particular revise questionnaires to lessen response burden.