Side Event of the 53rd UN Statistical Commission: Closing Climate Change Data Gaps

Side event of the 53rd United Nations Statistical Commission: Closing Climate Change Data Gaps - A New G20 Data Gaps Initiative

This event is organized by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (UNCEEA), International Monetary Fund and United Nations Statistics Division 

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As countries continue to formulate plans to build back better and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, they are increasingly looking for statistics that go ‘beyond GDP’. Addressing this need is a central theme to the new Group of 20 (G20) Data Gap Initiative (DGI). This new initiative calls for the G20 and all countries to address data gaps related to climate change; household distributional information; fintech and financial inclusion; and as well as scale up access to private and administrative data and improve data sharing. 

Similar to the other data gap initiatives, this new DGI seeks to address data gaps that have been identified as crucial for macroeconomic policy making and micro-financial stability. This side event will outline the proposed climate change indicators and how international statistical initiatives and frameworks, such as the System for Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), provide a methodological basis for addressing climate change data gaps. The side event will also include a panel discussion that focuses on the role of national statistical offices in the new DGI and the climate change pillar in particular. More details of the side event can be found in the concept note.

The side event will take place on 23 February, 2022 from 7:00 AM EST to 8:30 AM EST.