A regional training on statistics and indicators on air quality and emissions to air took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on 4 and 5 May 2023. The regional training was organised by UNECE in cooperation with UNEP, the Environment Agency Austria and Statistics Luxembourg and with the financial support of the European Union, through the EU4Environment – Water Resources and Environmental Data programme.
The Regional training aimed at contributing to the development of capacity in countries to produce, share and use indicators on air quality and air emissions as recommended in the revised UNECE Guidelines for the Application of Environmental Indicators. This will help countries to provide robust information for evidence-based policies, following the SEIS principles.
The Regional Training was preceded by the 25th session of the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment which was held from 2-3 May 2023 in Geneva and online and with financial support from the European Union.
The UNECE Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment serves all the UNECE member States as a platform to exchange good practice and information, develop action plans and strengthen environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting.
The Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators (JTFESI) was set up by the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP) and the Conference of European Statisticians (CES) in 2009 with a view to gradually improve environmental statistics including in the European Union Eastern Partnership countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
In October 2021, the JTFESI agreed on an updated list of priority indicators to be produced across the pan-European region in line with the principles of the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS).
Training materials are available at the UNECE website: https://unece.org/info/Statistics/events/375048
Information on the 25th session of the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment can be found under: https://unece.org/environmental-policy/events/twenty-fifth-session-working-group-environmental-monitoring-and