The Global Assessment of Environmental-Economic Accounting and Supporting Statistics is a survey administered under the auspices of the UN Committee of Experts on Environmental Economic Accounting (UNCEEA). The aim of the Global Assessment is to assess the status and progress of implementation of the SEEA in countries and to provide data for SDG indicator 15.9.1. The Committee defines implementation in three progressive stages: 1) compilation (including pilot compilation); 2) compilation and dissemination; and 3) regular compilation and dissemination. More information on how the Committee views implementation can be found here.

The Assessment serves to gain a better understanding of national SEEA implementation, including institutional and funding arrangements, countries’ priorities and future plans for implementing accounts, technical assistance received and provided, and the use of the accounts. The review also helps assess the support required by countries for implementing the SEEA. The survey was first administered to the national statistical offices of UN Member States and additional territories in 2006. It was again administered in 2014, 2017, and most recently in 2020. 

According to the 2020 Assessment, 89 countries have implemented the SEEA, which corresponds to an increase of 29 per cent compared to the 2017 Assessment. Of the 89 countries implementing the SEEA, a significant majority (70 per cent) publish at least one account on a regular basis. In terms of the SEEA Ecosystem Accounting, 34 countries responded that they compile ecosystem accounts. 

Figure 2: Number of countries implementing the SEEA over the years.

The 2020 Assessment also provided valuable information on how the accounts are used. The vast majority of countries implementing the SEEA indicated that they used the accounts for both SDG reporting and to inform national priorities.

Click here to learn more about the results of the 2006, 2008, 2014 and 2017 Global Assessments.