Climate change related statistics

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The upcoming Sustainable Development Goals increase the pressure to provide better information for climate policy as they call for “promoting mechanisms for raising capacities for effective climate change-related planning and management” for “taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”.  

UNECE released the Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics in 2014 after endorsement by more than 60 countries and international organisations at the Conference of European Statisticians.

They aim at improving existing official statistics for climate change analysis and reporting on greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. Many case studies are included, such as the rapid estimate of greenhouse gas emissions by Statistics Netherlands, see their press release.

Climate change-related statistics refer to:

environmental, social and economic data that measure the human causes of climate change, the impacts of climate change on human and natural systems, the efforts of humans to avoid the consequences as well as their efforts to adapt to these consequences.


As new challenges are expected to rise from the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals, the International Climate Action Agreement in Paris 2015 and initiatives for improved disaster risk reduction, UNECE is now working with a: 

Steering Group to advance work on climate change-related statistics and greenhouse gas inventories. The Group will organise expert forums for users and producers of climate information. 

Task Force to define an internationally comparable set of climate change-related statistics and indicators.

The United Nations Secretary-General has put climate change at the top of the United Nations agenda. Here you can find information about  UNECE work on climate change.

Click here for more information about other UNECE Task Forces.

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Meetings and events

UNECE organized the first expert meeting on Climate Change-Related Statistics for data producers and users on 19-20 November 2012.

The second expert meeting was held on 8-9 October.

The meetings brought together around 50 producers and users of climate change information, and provided valuable input to UNECE work.