The United Nations Statistical Commission (UN STATCOM) is the highest decision-making body for international statistical activities since 1947, especially for the creation of statistical standards, development of concepts and methods and their application at the national and international level.
To support the Statistical Commission in its work related to environmental statistics and as a result of the approval of the Framework for the Development of Environmental Statistics (FDES) in 2013, the United Nations Statistical Commission approved in 2013 the creation of a Group of Experts in Environmental Statistics (EGES). The EGES aims to collaborate with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) to develop methodological support tools, practical guidance and training material that contribute to the implementation of the FDES 2013 in the countries. The EGES meets once a year and its reports are available online.
The Statistical Commission at its 44th session in 2013 approved the establishment of the Expert Group on Environment Statistics (EGES) to collaborate with UNSD in the work of developing additional methodological tools, practical guidance and training material, and to contribute to the implementation of FDES 2013 in the countries. These tools are being built sequentially over time, as components of a FDES 2013 toolkit..
The EGES was convened in 2014 and comprises experts on environment statistics and related areas from all geographical regionsThe EGES meets annually to review the progress made in the implementation of the FDES 2013 in countries. Complementarily, during each calendar year, the EGES organizes its work remotely through smaller teams tasked with specific areas of work.
Currently, the EGES is jointly developing the Manual on the Basic Set of Environment Statistics, which consists of methodological sheets for the various topics and components of the FDES. These sheets provide detailed methodological guides including definitions, classifications, statistics, collection and/or compilation methods, dissemination and main uses of the sets of the respective environment statistics. The EGES is also in the process of further development work on a Climate Change Statistics and Indicators Self-assessment Tool based on the statistics and indicators in the Global Set of Climate Change Statistics and Indicators.