The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and SEEA
as the basis for integrated statistical systems and policies
 

Prof. Keiji Ujikawa

Yokohama National University, Japan


Abstract: In 2014, the post 2015 development agenda and the SDGs 17 Goals and 169 targets were considered by the UN General Assembly. And SNA and SEEA (System for Environmental-Economic Accounting) were regarded as a significant statistical framework for the post-2015 development agenda and the sustainable development goals indicators by the UN Statistical Commission.
Methodological consistency across goals in the SDGs are needed for integration of the SDG indicator framework. And statistical frameworks such as SNA and SEEA can be utilized for this methodological consistency. Actually, SNA and SEEA are adopted as the basis of various international policy initiative for sustainable development : EU2020: Beyond GDP, Convention on Biological Diversity: Aichi Targets, the World Bank: WAVES (Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services.), OECD: Green Growth Strategy, UNEP: SCP (Sustainable consumption and production), WTO: Sustainable Tourism.
UN Statistics Division shows the need for an integrated approach. Currently, we can observe the silo or stove-piping of statistical systems, policy frameworks and monitoring at the national/international level. These result in lack of integration of information for policy frameworks and multiple reporting initiatives. The SDGs are regarded as important opportunities for an integrated policy agenda. Namely, based on a consistent framework of the SDGs, integration of information system for sustainable development in national level and streamlined international monitoring initiatives in international reporting mechanisms are required by statistical systems including SNA and SEEA.
Additionally, the SDGs can be adopted to national policies, spatial policies and sectoral (by industries, establishments, household sectors) measures. These kind of disaggregation of SDGs indicators can be compiled by using SNA and SEEA. And this speech shows several applications and extensions of SEEA for the monitoring of the SDGs.

Biogrpahy: Professor, the Graduate School of International Social Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan. He specializes in environmental economics, environmental policy studies, environmental valuation and economic statistics. Professor Ujikawa's research interests include indicators, decision-making and impact assessment of sustainable development. He is also interested in economic/social/environmental effects of renewable energy (energy conservation) expansion.
In 1996, He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Faculty of Economics, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. And in 1998 and 2002, He got his Master's degree in Economics and Ph.D. degree from Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. In 2007, He was a visiting researcher in the Business School at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China. He published several books and a lot of academic articles, and the representatives of research projects. And He has trained many Master's/Ph.D. students from abroad.
He is a director of Japan Environmental Council (JEC), a director (general affairs) of Japan Association on the Environmental Studies (JAES). He is also a editorial committee member and program committee member of Pan Pacific Association of Input-Output Studies (PAPAIOS), a program committee member of Japan Evaluation Society (JES). And He is a member of Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (SEEPS); Japanese Association for Chinese Economy and Management Studies (JACEM) etc. He will be an executive committee member(chairperson) of annual meeting of JES, Yokohama, Japan in 2018 and JAES, Yokohama, Japan in 2019.

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