International Recommendations for Water Statistics (IRWS) – Process leading to the publication Third Meeting of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental-Economic Accounting (New York, 26-27 June 2008) 1 Background • The 38th Session UN Statistical Commission adopted the SEEAW as an interim international statistical standard in March 2007 • A SEEAW implementation strategy was developed subsequent to it adoption. • A draft was discussed at the 2nd UNCEEA Meeting • The final strategy was included in the UNCEEA report to the 39th Session of UN Statistical Commission. See paragraphs 44-60. http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/doc08/2008-25EnvEcoAccounting-E.pdf SEEAW, IRWS and compilation guidelines • The IRWS is being developed by UNSD in accordance with the SEEAW implementation strategy • The IRWS will provide material to enable countries to produce the SEEAW standard tables, fill in international questionnaires and derive commonly used water indicators • After IRWS is completed more detailed compilation guidelines can be prepared as part of a knowledge-based platform, building on the existing material and the UNSD website (e.g. the searchable archive). Outline PART I Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: Main concepts and the SEEAW Chapter 3: Economic units Chapter 4: Data items PART II Chapter 5: Indicators Chapter 6: Data sources and compilation methods Chapter 7: Data collection strategy Chapter 8: Data quality and metadata Chapter 9: Dissemination ANNEXES Annex 1: Supplementary data items Annex 2: Link between data items and the SEEAW Annex 3: Link between data items and indicators Annex 4: Data quality assessment framework Dissemination Data items • Physical data items • Inland water resource stocks • Flows of water into and out of the territory • Natural transfers between inland water resources • Flows of water from the environment to the economy • Flows of water within the economy • Flows of water from the economy to the environment • Losses in distribution • Flows of waterborne emissions within the economy • Flows of waterborne emissions from the economy to the environment • Monetary data items • Economic flows related to water supply and sewerage • Water supply and sewerage infrastructure • Cost of water supply and sewerage (for own use) • Tariffs and charges for water supply and sewerage • Population data items • Type of water supply • Type of toilet and sewerage disposal • Population killed or affected by flooding Timetable 2008 July – August 1st Draft circulated by UNSD for review by reference group 2008 August – September 2nd Draft circulated by UNSD in preparation for an Expert Group Meeting 2008 October Expert Group Meeting 2008 November – December 3rd Draft prepared 2008 December – 2009 January 3rd Draft circulated for global consultation 2009 February 3rd Draft and comments on it submitted to UNSC for review upon recommendation of UNCEEA 2009 March – May Final Draft prepared 2009 May Final Draft submitted to Bureau of UNSC for adoption upon recommendation by the Bureau of UNCEEA Questions to UNCEEA: • • • • Does the UNCEEA agree with the proposed scope and coverage of the IRWS [Section B]? Does the UNCEEA agree with the proposed structure of the IRWS into 2 parts, Part I, covering the international recommendations and Part II providing implementation guidelines on data sources, data quality, data collection strategies, data storage, data editing and dissemination [paragraph 7 and Annex I]? Does the UNCEEA agree with the proposed process for the completion of the IRWS [Section C]? Does the UNCEEA agree with the proposed time schedule for the completion and adoption of the IRWS [Table 1]?