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Joint UNECE/Eurostat/OECD Working Group on Statistics on Sustainable Development

Terms of reference

Introduction

Sustainable development indicators are used by national governments and international agencies for monitoring progress towards goals set by national governments and comparing performance among countries. The Working Group should identify good concepts and practices in order to assist national governments and international organizations in the design of sustainable development indicator sets and in the development of official statistics in the area. However, it should be clear that the objective is not to develop international recommendations on a particular set of sustainable development indicators to be used at the national level. Effort should be devoted to establishing a common understanding of the “object” of sustainability (that which is to be sustained) and to establishing core principles of the measurement of sustainability.

 

Mandate

The Working Group should:

  • Articulate a broad conceptual framework for sustainable development measurement. While the starting point of this work should be the concept of capital, the Working Group should also consider other approaches to the extent the capital approach is found insufficient from a conceptual standpoint;
  • Identify the broad domains that good indicator sets should span;
  • Develop a menu of good sustainable development indicators in order to help governments and international organizations when they are designing indicator sets;
  • Identify a small set of indicators from the menu that might become the core for international comparisons;
  • Identify basic data systems necessary for a small set of indicators and identify their possible sources (existing or new statistical surveys, administrative records, information derived from environmental monitoring systems);
  • Discuss the relationship between integrated environmental and economic accounts and sustainable development indicators.

The Working Group will be a joint working group of the OECD and the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians chaired by Robert Smith from Statistics Canada. The working group will submit a more detailed project (with milestones) to the Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians in February 2006. The Working Group should, at the conclusion of its work, report back to the Conference of European Statisticians and the OECD Annual Meeting of Sustainable Development Experts.

 

Work plan

Background

As mandated in the Terms of Reference for the Working Group on Statistics for Sustainable Development, the proposed work plan with milestones for the Working Group is submitted for consideration by the Bureau at its February 2006 meeting.

 

This work plan should be considered as preliminary since it has not been discussed yet with the Steering Committee. Its purpose is to give the Bureau a general sense of the Working Group’s objectives and timeline. It should not be seen as definitive. The final version of the work plan will be agreed to when the Steering Committee meets in Paris in March. It should be noted that the “final report” referred to below is the “book” that has been discussed as the concrete output of the Working Group.

 

Workplan and timetable

  • Establishment of Working Group – April 2006;
  • evelop a draft outline for the final report of the Working Group – April 2006;
  • Articulate a broad conceptual framework for sustainable development measurement – September 2006;
  • Identify the broad domains that good indicator sets should span – September 2006;
  • Develop a menu of good sustainable development indicators in order to help governments and international organizations when they are designing indicator sets – September 2006;
  • Identify a small set of indicators from the menu that might become the core for international comparisons – September 2006;
  • Identify basic data systems necessary for a small set of indicators and identify their possible sources – September 2006;
  • Discuss the relationship between integrated environmental and economic accounts and sustainable development indicators – September 2006;
  • International conference on measurement of sustainable development in Oslo – October 2006;
  • Prepare interim report to CES Bureau with preliminary recommendations – April 2007;
  • Review first drafts of chapters for final report – April 2007;
  • Present interim report to CES Bureau – June 2007;
  • Review revised drafts of chapters for final report – August 2007;
  • Present draft final recommendations to the OECD Annual Meeting of Sustainable Development Experts – October 2007;
  • Submit final report – December 2007.

Clarification of the mandate of the working group

At the request of the Working Group, the CES Bureau further clarified the mandate at its October 2006 meeting. In conclusion, the Bureau agreed that:

  • The WGSSD is encouraged to thoroughly explore the approach based on the four types of capital - economic, natural, human, and social capital, as the basis for the measurement of sustainability. However, in each of the four capital areas, the WGSSD was encouraged to go only as far as it can in a conceptually sound manner;
  • The WGSSD should limit its work to looking at existing practices in countries that have adopted policy-based approaches to the measurement of sustainable development in order to reveal commonalities, and also commonalities with the capital approaches. The Working Group should only highlight the commonalities rather than develop recommendations.

List of members

ARMENIA

National Statistical Service of the Republic of Armenia

 

Mr. Stepan Mnatsakanyan

Ms. Anahit Safyan

 

 

AUSTRALIA

Australian Bureau of Statistics

 

Mr. Michael Vardon

 

AUSTRIA

Statistics Austria

 

Mr. Ferdinand Kassberger

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Ms. Ingeborg Fiala

 

 

 

BELGIUM

SVR - Research Centre of the Flemish

 

Mr. Peter De Smedt

Government Federal Planning Bureau

Ms. Natacha Zuinen

 

 

BULGARIA

National Institute of Statistics

 

Ms. Diana Yancheva

 

 

CANADA

Statistics Canada

 

Mr. Robert Smith

 

 

CHILE

National Statistical Institute of Chile

 

Ms. Mariana Schkolnik-Chamudes

Ms. Veronica P. Oxman Vega

Ms. Lylian Mires Aranda

 

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Czech Statistical Office

 

Mr. Slavoj Czesany

 

 

CYPRUS

Statistical Service of Cyprus, Ministry of Finance

 

Mr. George Georgiou

 

 

DENMARK

Statistics Denmark

 

Mr. Kristian Hjulsager

 

 

ESTONIA

Statistical Office of Estonia

 

Ms. Eneli Niinepuu

Ms. Urve Kask

Estonian Institute for Sustainable Development/Stockholm Environment Institute

Ms. Tea Nõmmann

 

 

 

FINLAND

Statistics Finland

 

Mr. Leo Kolttola

 

 

FRANCE

INSEE

 

Ms. Sylvie Le Laidier

French Institute for Environment

Ms. Cécile Dormoy

Ms. Françoise Nirascou

 

 

GERMANY

Federal Statistical Office

 

Mr. Joachim Thomas

 

 

GREECE

National Statistical Service of Greece

 

Mr. Panagiotis Vlachos

 

 

HUNGARY

Ministry of Environment and Water

 

Mr. Elemer Szabó

Hungarian Central Statistical Office

Ms. Ildikó Szũcs

Mr. Attila Rausz

Ms. Andrea Meszaros

 

 

IRELAND

Central Statistics Office

 

Mr. Pat Fanning

 

 

ISRAEL

Central Bureau of Statistics

 

Mr. Amit Yagur-Kroll

 

 

ITALY

Italian Agency for Environment Protection and Technical Services

 

Ms. Roberta Pignatelli

ISTAT

Mr. Corrado Abbate

Ms. Stefania Schipani

 

 

LATVIA

Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency

 

Ms. Sanita Sīle

Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia

Ms. Inita Buce

Latvian Environment, Geology and Meteorology Agency

Ms. Dace Vainauska

 

 

LITHUANIA

Statistics Lithuania

 

Ms. Jurate Jokubauskaite

Ms. Danute Zilinskiene

Ms. Liberiene Birute

 

 

LUXEMBOURG

Ministère de l’Environnement

 

Mr. Eric De Brabanter

Service Central de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques

Mr. Victor Molling

 

 

MONTENEGRO

Statistical Office of Montenegro

 

Mr. Ilija Stanisic

Mr. Vladimir Radenovic

 

 

NETHERLANDS

Statistics Netherlands

 

Mr. Peter Kee

Mr. Rutger Hoekstra

Ms. Anna Kulig

 

 

NEW ZEALAND

Statistics New Zealand

 

Ms. Rachael Milicich

Mr. Kent Hammond

 

 

NORWAY

Ministry of Finance

 

Mr. Thorvald Moe

Statistics Norway

Ms. Julie Hass

Mr. Olav Ljones

Mr. Knut Alfsen

Ministry of Environment

Mr. Oyvind Lone

Mr. Mads Greaker

Mr. Per Arild Garnasjordet

 

 

POLAND

Central Statistical Office of Poland

 

Ms. Dominika Rogalinska

 

 

PORTUGAL

National Statistical Institute

 

Mr. Albano Miranda

Ms. Isabel Quintela

 

 

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Korea National Statistical Office

Mr. Jung Su Choi

Mr. Chul Joo Kim

 

 

ROMANIA

National Institute of Statistics

 

Mr. Dan Ion Ghergut

Mr. Nicolae Cristian Stanica

Mr. Ilie Dumitrescu

Ms. Livia Dragusin

National Centre for Sustainable Development

Ms. Ana Vasiliu

Mr. Radu Stefan Vadineanu

 

 

SERBIA

Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia

 

Mr. Dragan Vukmirovic

 

 

SLOVAKIA

Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic

 

Mr. Marian Labaj

Mr. Karol Papaj

 

 

SLOVENIA

Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia

 

Ms. Mojca Suvorov

 

 

SPAIN

National Statistical Institute

 

Mr. Pedro Javier Herrera Giménez

Mr. Jorge Saralegui

Mr. Cesar Berrade

 

 

SWEDEN

Statistics Sweden

 

Ms. Viveka Palm

 

 

SWITZERLAND

Swiss Federal Statistical Office

 

Ms. Andrea Scheller

 

 

THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA

State Statistical Office of the Republic of Macedonia

 

Ms. Blagica Novkovska

 

 

TURKEY

Turkish Statistics Institute

 

Mr. Ali Can

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

 

Mr. Stephen Hall

 

 

UN DEPARTMENT FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Division for Sustainable Development

 

Ms. Mary Pat Silveira

 

 

UN ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE

Statistical Division

 

Ms. Lidia Bratanova

Ms. Tiina Luige

Ms. Vania Etropolska

 

 

UNITED NATIONS MISSION IN KOSOVO

Statistical Office of Kosovo

 

Mr. Avni Kastrati

 

 

WORLD BANK

Environment Department

 

Mr. Kirk Hamilton

 

 

EUROSTAT

Eurostat D1 - Key indicators for European policies

 

Mr. Pascal Wolff

Ms. Laure Ledoux

 

 

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

DG Environment

 

Mr. Oliver Zwirner

DG Information Society and Media

Mr. Carlos Rodriguez Casal

DG Economic and Financial Affairs

Ms. Geneviève Galloy

Mr. Mark Hayden

Ms. Ariane Labat

 

 

OECD

Statistical Directorate

 

Mr. Enrico Giovannini

Environmental Directorate

Ms. Candice Stevens

Ms. Tone Smith

Mr. Marco Mira D’Ercole