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 in reaching the implementation targets of the UNCEEA. The following targets are set for SEEA implementation by 2020:   

  • At least 100 countries with ongoing, well-resourced programmes in SEEA Central Framework accounting
  • At least 50 countries with ongoing, well-resourced programmes in ecosystem accounting to support national decision-making

The Assessment serves to gain a better understanding of the status and scope of national SEEA implementation, including institutional and funding arrangements, countries’ priorities and future plans for implementing accounts and technical assistance received and provided. 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, and most recently, the Global Assessment was sent to national statistical offices in June 2017. The next Global Assessment will be administered in 2020.


Global Assessment of Environmental-Economic Accounting and Supporting Statistics 2017

Figure 1: Presence of environmental-economic accounting programmes in countries according to the 2017 Global Assessment (Note: This figure has been modified from a United Nations map. The boundaries and names shown, and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations).

The 2017 Assessment was sent to the national statistical offices of 193 Member States as well as 22 territories to assess progress of SEEA Central Framework implementation.  According to the Assessment, 69 countries have programmes on environmental-economic accounting. This corresponds to a 28 per cent increase in the number of countries with a programme on environmental accounting compared to the 2014 Global Assessment. The percentage increase in the number of developing countries implementing the SEEA was even higher, with almost a 39 per cent increase between the 2014 and 2017 Assessments. In addition to the 69 countries with programmes, 22 countries indicated they were currently planning a programme on environmental-economic accounting. Almost all countries are planning to begin their programme and start compilation before 2020.

Figure 2: Number of countries with SEEA Central Framework programmes over the years.

The number of countries with programmes on environmental-economic accounting has increased steadily through the years, increasing from 49 countries in 2006 to 54 countries in 2014 and 69 countries in 2017.

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