Gender statistics are defined as statistics that adequately reflect differences and inequalities in the situation of women and men in all areas of life. As the secretariat for the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Gender Statistics (IAEG-GS), the United Nations Statistics Division has been leading the Global Gender Statistics Programme to advance gender statistics through the promotion of synergies among existing initiatives at the national, regional and global levels. In particular, the objective of the Global Programme is to enhance the capacity of countries to collect, disseminate and use high quality gender statistics through the development and promotion of methodological guidelines on measuring gender concerns in both existing and emerging areas; the establishment of a collaborative environment among government institutions, and strong partnerships between national and international experts; and the effective communication of gender data with stakeholders.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, sets forth the global vision to 2030. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which provide the benchmarks that should be achieved by 2030 in order to leave no one behind. A robust follow-up and review mechanism for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires a solid framework of indicators and statistical data to monitor progress, inform policy and ensure accountability of all stakeholders at the global and national level. The global indicator framework consisting of 169 targets and 242 indicators was adopted by the General Assembly in 2017. At the national level, the 2030 Agenda encourages member states to conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels which are country-led and country-driven. The United Nations Statistics Division is working closely with national actors as well as international partners to build capacity in countries for reporting on the SDG indicators.
The System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) is a framework that integrates economic and environmental data to provide a more comprehensive and multipurpose view of the interrelationships between the economy and the environment and the stocks and changes in stocks of environmental assets, as they bring benefits to humanity. It contains the internationally agreed standard concepts, definitions, classifications, accounting rules and tables for producing internationally comparable statistics and accounts. The SEEA framework follows a similar accounting structure as the System of National Accounts (SNA). The framework uses concepts, definitions and classifications consistent with the SNA in order to facilitate the integration of environmental and economic statistics. The SEEA is a multi-purpose system that generates a wide range of statistics, accounts and indicators with many different potential analytical applications. It is a flexible system that can be adapted to countries' priorities and policy needs while at the same time providing a common framework, concepts, terms and definitions.
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