Measuring progress towards achieving a green economy

green_economyUN DESA’s Statistics Division is organizing the first regional workshop within the UN Development Account project “Supporting Developing Countries Measure Progress Towards Achieving a Green Economy” led by the division in collaboration with UNEP, UNIDO, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). It will take place in the ECLAC regional headquarters in Santiago, Chile on 2-5 December.

Recognizing the importance of high quality statistics and their effective use in promoting evidence-based socio-economic policies and achieving internationally agreed goals, the project aims to enhance the national statistical systems’ capacity of its pilot countries to produce good quality, timely and reliable statistics and indicators to inform about progress towards achieving a green economy in the context of sustainable development.

This workshop will serve as an opportunity to strengthen national data production and coordinate efforts for improving underlying environment, energy, agricultural and other statistics, as it will bring together practitioners from the communities of statisticians and policy makers that use and produce such indicators. Moreover, the workshop is important given the current policy context and the emergence of the sustainable development goals in the context of the post 2015 development agenda, as well as national efforts to move towards sustainable development around the world.

Key elements of the workshop will include: a review of potential indicators, suitable for developing countries, that can be used to inform on green economy and sustainable development issues; the sharing of experiences from the assessment exercise in the four pilot countries of the Latin American region; and a more detailed discussion of technical issues in selected areas of statistics that are relevant for the compilation of indicators informing on green economy issues. The workshop will also discuss future steps, in particular priorities for the direct technical assistance to the pilot countries that will take place in the next phase of this project.

A similar workshop will take place in January 2015, for the Asia Pacific region at ESCAP’s headquarters in Bangkok.

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Supporting developing countries measure progress towards achieving a green economy