Climate change

High-quality statistics provide the basis for effective decision-making for climate action. UNECE plays a leading role in global efforts to advance the development of official statistics for climate analysis and global reporting. UNECE produced the first ever Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics, and UNECE’s Expert Forum on Climate Change Statistics provides a key international platform to support this work. 

We work with official statisticians to make their statistics fit for analyzing the various aspects of climate change, such as:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Drivers of climate change such as sources of emissions in industry, energy, agriculture etc.
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change
  • Efforts to mitigate climate change
  • Adaptation to the consequences

The work contributes to measuring the SDG 13 on climate change and its impacts. We are now developing:

  • Methodologies for the core set of climate change-related indicators, which was endorsed by the Conference of European Statisticians in 2017
  • Recommendations on the role of official statistics in measuring extreme events and disasters and supporting the reporting on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Practical guidance for statistical offices on methodologies and data needs of greenhouse gas emission inventories, reported by all Parties of the Paris Agreement

To know more about wider UNECE activities in the area of climate change, please click here.

Resources

Steering Groups and Task Forces – developing a set of key indicators to measure the above aspects of climate change!

Keynote speech at the 2017 Expert Forum by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (October 2017)

Road maps to improve climate change-related statistics Word Russian (March 2017)

Tool for countries to prioritize action to improve climate data Russian (Updated in March 2017, originally developed in November 2015)

Set of key climate change-related indicators and their metadata sheets (for consultation, February 2017)

Report on countries' progress in climate change-related statistics (February 2017)

Making the case for greater involvement of national statistical offices in measuring climate-change related statistics (February 2016)

Leaflet summarizing the CES Recommendations on climate change-related statistics Russian (October 2016)

How national statistical offices can support greenhouse gas inventories? (September 2015)

Capacity gaps in climate change‐related statistics (September 2015)

CES Recommendations on Climate Change-related Statistics (December 2014)

Articles

Highlighting the key role of statistics in managing climate change-related disaster risks (October 2017)

Measuring progress towards the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement (October 2016)

UNECE work on climate change statistics gained global support (March 2016)

UNECE work to be discussed at the UN Statistical Commission (March 2016)

UNECE engages statisticians ahead of COP21 (November 2015)

A story related to data needed for managing climate risks (November 2015)

Towards better data for climate policies (August 2015)

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.

Meetings and events

For information about events related to climate change, please click here