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Climate change-related statistics

High-quality statistics are needed for effective climate action. UNECE plays a leading role in global efforts to advance the development of official statistics for climate analysis and global reporting. UNECE produced the first ever Recommendations on Climate Change-Related Statistics, and UNECE Expert Forum for Producers and Users of Climate Change-Related Statistics provides a key international platform to support this work. 

Objective and main activities

We work with official statisticians to make their statistics fit for analyzing the various aspects of climate change, such as:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Drivers of climate change such as sources of emissions in industry, energy, agriculture etc.
  • Social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change
  • Efforts to mitigate climate change
  • Adaptation to the consequences

Our activities include methodological work, sharing knowledge and good practices and capacity development activities, and are guided by the CES Steering Group on Climate Change-Related Statistics. The work contributes to measuring the SDG 13 on climate change and its impacts.

To know more about UNECE activities in the area of climate change beyond statistics, please click here.

Guidelines and recommendations

Best practices and experience sharing

Reports and papers

Tools and resources

Meetings and events

For all materials related to the past meetings on climate change-related statistics, please click here.


Producers and users of climate change-related statistics join forces to fulfil present and future information needs (September 2021)
First internationally-agreed recommendations for a set of core climate change-related indicators will inform urgent action (August 2021)
Chief Statisticians bring statistics to the forefront of climate action (June 2021)
Unite behind the statistics: UNECE mobilizes experts to advance evidence-based climate action (October 2019)
Highlighting the key role of statistics in managing climate change-related disaster risks (October 2017)
Measuring progress towards the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement (October 2016)
UNECE work on climate change statistics gained global support (March 2016)
UNECE work to be discussed at the UN Statistical Commission (March 2016)
UNECE engages statisticians ahead of COP21 (November 2015)
A story related to data needed for managing climate risks (November 2015)
Towards better data for climate policies (August 2015)

The United Nations Secretary-General has put climate change at the top of the United Nations agenda. Here you can find information about  UNECE work on climate change.