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 progress of implementation of the SEEA in countries and to provide data for SDG indicator 15.9.1(in particular, sub-indicator 15.9.1 (b)). 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 Assessment has previously been administered in 2014, 2017 and 2020. In June 2021, the UNCEEA agreed to administer an abbreviated version of the survey in between established benchmark years to obtain annual updates from previous respondents. The abbreviated survey only collects information on current implementation and compilation.
According to the 2021 Assessment, and more recent country submissions, 90 countries have implemented the SEEA. Of these 90 countries, 62 (69 per cent) publish at least one account on a regular basis (stage III); 15 (17 per cent) publish their accounts on an ad-hoc basis (stage II); while 13 countries (14 per cent) compile, but do not yet publish their accounts (stage I).
Figure 1: SEEA implementation, 2020
Note: The designations employed and the presentation of material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Final boundary between the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan has not yet been determined. Final status of the Abyei area is not yet determined. * Non-Self-Governing Territory. ** Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties. *** A dispute exists between the Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas).
Note: New map for 2021 coming soon.
Figure 2: Number of countries implementing the SEEA over the years
Click here to learn more about the results of the 2006, 2008, 2014 and 2017 Global Assessments.
More detailed country-by-country information from the 2020 Global Assessment can be found here.
More detailed country-by-country information from the 2021 Global Assessment can be found here.