• Date: 14 Jun 2012
  • Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Organizer: Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Theme: Monitoring progress towards sustainable development
  • Perspective: Global
  • Language: english
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All SD-Learning courses will be held at Room T-7 at the Major Groups/Side events pavilion at the RioCentro Convention Center. More information can be found at our Logistics page.

UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA)

Twenty years ago Agenda 21 identified the need for a systems approach in support of monitoring sustainable development and green economy policy and proposed a specific solution: integrated environmental and economic accounts. The international official statistics and accounting communities have responded to this demand through the development of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA) which was adopted as an international statistical standard at the forty-third session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in February 2012.

The SEEA applies accounting structure, concepts, definitions and classifications to the environment statistics coherent with the System of National Accounts, the standard for economic statistics. The SEEA is a multi-purpose system that organizes and integrates environment, economic and socio-demographic statistics to answer sustainable development and green economy policy questions. It allows for the generation of consistent and comparable statistics and indicators. It is a flexible system in that its implementation can be adapted to countries' priorities, policy needs and data availability while providing a common framework with internationally agreed concepts, terms and definitions.


The SEEA creates a wealth of new information for integrated policy on sustainable development, including indicators that respond to initiatives such as ?beyond GDP? and ?Green Economy?. Ma


The objective of this event is for governments to learn the benefits of implementing the SEEA, that is, an integrated information system on the environment


Introduction by Peter Harper


The methodology for this course will be primarily panel discussion


Participants in this course are expected to gain an increased familiarity with the SEEA, the particular challenges and strategies for its implementation (e.g. institutional arrangements of th

Instructor 1
Peter Harper (Australian Bureau of Statistics )
Peter Harper is the Deputy Australian Statistician for the Population, Labour and Social Statistics Group at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Instructor 2
Geert Bruinooge (Statistics Netherlands )
Geert Bruinooge (1950) studied Mathematical Statistics at State University Utrecht. In 1983 he joined Statistics Netherlands.

Instructor 3
Pali Lehohla (Statistics South Africa )
Pali Lehohla started his career in official statist
Instructor 4
Enrico Giovannini (Italian National Institute of Statistics )
Mr Giovannini became President of Istat on August 4th, 2009. From January 2001 to July 2009, he was Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate of the Organization for Economic
Instructor 5
Wasmalia Bivar (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics )
Born in Manaus (AM) Department, Ms Wasmalia Bivar is the President of IBGE. She has worked as a researcher at the IBGE since 1986 and has been director of Research Institute since April 2004. Before that, she held leadership positions
Instructor 6
Jil Matheson (UK Statistics Authority )
Jil Matheson took up post as National Statistician on 1 September 2009.

She joined the Office f
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