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Regional project for strengthening statistical capacity for the ESCWA countries in energy statistics and energy balance


Statistics and indicators are critical tools for countries in policy-making and for socio-economic planning. They are needed for assessment of the current situation to set objectives for the future, and to measure progress and development. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in its resolutions 1999/55 and 2000/29, stressed the importance of relevant, accurate, and timely statistics and indicators for evaluating the implementation of the outcome of the recent international conferences. In addition, the integration of economic and environmental considerations is essential in formulating effective sustainable development policies.

At the end of the project, member countries will have the necessary capacity to pursue the activities of the project such as training and sharing knowledge and will be able to conduct periodic assessments of energy statistics to adopt corrective policies and programs as required. member countries will produce statistics and indicators on the energy in the region that will be disseminated and made accessible to users through the virtual network, supported and monitored by ESCWA, to promote knowledge sharing. The capacity of member countries to disseminate energy balance according to United Nations methodologies will be enhanced. Thus, the project is expected to have a strong multiplier effect.

This project falls under the framework of the 2010-2011 and 2012-2013 subprogramme 5 (Statistics for evidence-based policymaking) and subprogramme 1 (Integrated policies for the management of regional resources for sustainable development of programme 18), economic and social development in Western Asia

The project will help countries to monitor progress toward achieving MDG 7 'ensure environmental sustainability', more precisely target 7.A 'Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse the loss of environmental resources'

ESCWA can benefit from lessons learned on developing energy statistics systems from MEDSTAT, since MEDSTAT has been working with Mediterranean partners for a decade and they are at the last phase of the project that will be implemented during the next two years. ESCWA can learn from MEDSTAT' experience on compilation of data, surveys, questionnaires, database, and technical assistance and will replicate the good practices and avoid the pitfalls


To strengthen national statistical capacity in developing energy information systems and energy statistics and balance in ESCWA member countries in cooperation with international, regional and national institutions

Expected accomplishments:

  • Regional and national energy statistics and balance assessed and areas of improvements identified according to the priorities of member countries.
  • National officials' skills strengthened to produce energy balance
  • balance produced and disseminated yearly

Implementation status: