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Workshop on Environment Statistics and Information for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region

UN DESA’s Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the United Nations Environment Programme, and the European Environment Agency (EEA) is organizing a Workshop on Environment Statistics and Information for Sustainable Development in the Arab Region. The Workshop will be held from 12 to 16 November 2018 at the ESCWA Headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon and will gather participants from the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and Ministries of Environment of 19 countries of the Arab region. Several other international and inter-governmental organizations are expected to participate in the Workshop, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations University (UNU), the Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), and the European Topic Centre for Inland, Coastal and Marine Water (ETC/ICM).

The Workshop is part of a series of events of DESA/SD’s regular programme of technical cooperation to support the implementation of the Framework for the Development of Environment Statistics (FDES 2013) in member states. It follows the United Nations Statistical Commission’s endorsement in 2013 of the revised FDES 2013 as the framework for strengthening environment statistics programmes in countries. The Workshop will focus on, inter alia, building national capacities for the implementation of the FDES 2013 and introduce participants to the Environment Statistics Self-Assessment Tool (ESSAT). The Workshop will also provide training on selected topics of environment statistics, in particular on waste and water statistics, as well on environmentally-related SDG indicators. Climate change statistics will also be addressed at the Workshop given the mandate from the 47th session of the Statistical Commission that DESA/SD develop a global set of climate change statistics and indicators.

The Workshop aims at providing statisticians from NSOs and experts from Ministries of Environment (or equivalent institutions) in the region with detailed knowledge and understanding of approaches to environment statistics, thus allowing them to identify gaps and deficiencies in environmental data, and contribute to the production of regular, accurate and reliable environment statistics that can allow developing environmental indicators and accounts relevant to policy making and SDGs monitoring. The Workshop content is very relevant to the SDGs since many of the environment statistics to be discussed are necessary for the measurement of countries’ progress toward achieving the Goals. The implementation of the FDES 2013 will help countries address the increasing demand for integrated information in support of integrated policies in the follow-up to Rio+20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the strengthening of environmental statistics and indicators.

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