This platform is being established in the second half of 2021 under the United Nations Development Account project "Improved environmental monitoring and assessment in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus", in cooperation with UNEP and the Environment Agency Austria.
At its fourteenth session (2–3 October 2017), the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators requested the secretariat to consider establishing a web-based portal through which users could seek guidance and information on environmental statistics and indicators. This request was noted by the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment at its twentieth session (3-4 September 2018). The Working Group invited the secretariat to explore further possibilities in this regard and to report back during its next session. This new initiative responds to these calls by the intergovernmental bodies.