Closing Regional Workshop for UN Development Account Project in Africa

The Closing Regional Workshop for the United Nations Development Account Project was organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in in collaboration with Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, UNECA and UN Environment in Nairobi, Kenya on 11-13 December 2017. The the Workshop was the close of a project that aimed to enhance the capacity of National Statistical Offices of African countries in the implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA). In view of the objectives of the project, the closing workshop provided an opportunity for Kenya and Uganda, the project countries, to share their experiences on drafting of national plans for the implementation of the SEEA and the compilation of pilot accounts. Kenya and Uganda have presented their National Plans and the pilot energy and water accoutns, respectively. Participants from other countries in the region (Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia) have also shared their experience and discussed lessons learnt on the SEEA implementation. In addition, topics on how to best communicate and disseminate the pilot accounts to the relevant stakeholders, ensure uptake in policy decision making and how to scale up the implementation of the SEEA have also been discussed.