Regional Training Workshop on an Accounting Approach to Climate Change Statistics and Indicators
In the Asia-Pacific region, climate change is one of the most pressing policy issues given its wide-ranging impacts on well-being. High quality, consistent data on the environment-economy nexus is needed to inform effective pathways for addressing climate change and related issues. National statistical offices (NSOs) of countries in the region have responded to this need by compiling various environmental accounts in compliance with the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) , including taking steps towards compiling energy and air emission accounts which are among the most relevant accounts for informing climate change. However, there is a need to strengthen the capacities of NSOs to produce and disseminate SEEA accounts, in particular energy, air emission and carbon accounts, to better meet the needs of users for high quality integrated data on climate change and the economy.
The workshop, organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the UN Statistical Institute for Asia and the Pacific (UNSIAP), with the support of the Office of the Director-General for Policy Planning on Statistical Policy, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of the Government of Japan, aims to further build capacities in the region for the compilation of SEEA accounts relevant to climate change.
The workshop will take place at the headquarters of the UNSIAP in Chiba, Japan