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Twentieth Session of the Committee on Environmental Policy

28 - 31 October 2014

Geneva

The 20th session of the UN ECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP-20) took place in Geneva (Palais des Nations, salle VII) from 28 to 31 October 2014. Meeting documents are made available on this webpage.

The CEP Bureau met in Lisbon on 26 and 27 May 2014 and worked on preparing CEP-20. An advance copy of the Bureau's report is available in the table below (see document ECE/CEP/2014/3). UNECE Weekly No. 580 includes an article on the main outcomes of the Bureau meeting.

UNECE launches the Astana Water Action web portal

UNECE has just launched a web portal to improve water management, to share knowledge about the state of water resources and to track progress in ensuring the sustainability of water resources across the UNECE region. The portal is the virtual face of the Astana Water Action (AWA), a toolkit of suggested actions to improve the status of water and water-related ecosystems through their sustainable management, through which States and organizations commit to improving their water resources by undertaking concrete actions. Developed under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and the Committee on Environmental Policy, and originally launched in 2011 as part of the Environment for Europe process, AWA is a joint endeavour of countries and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In particular, it seeks to assist Governments in better managing their water resources according to the local, national and regional challenges they face through the implementation of actions tailored to their specificities. The AWA portal allows visitors to explore the 78 individual actions registered so far by 25 countries, NGOs and international organizations and to monitor progress (15 completed, 47 in progress). In an October 2013 review of the initiative, the Committee on Environmental Policy appreciated the overall progress achieved in implementing AWA so far by participating countries and organizations. The next assessment of AWA implementation will be carried out in 2015/16.

On the margins of the CEP meeting, on Monday, 27 October 2014, UNEP/ROE organised the first Eastern European Regional meeting on the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production as a contribution to the Environment for Europe process. The event outcomes was presented during the CEP-20 agenda item on greening economy on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Furthermore, during the lunch time on Tuesday, 28 October 2014, following an invitation by the CEP Bureau, UNEP organised a side event on the activities of UNEP in the pan-European region, in particular in the follow up of the First Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP (Nairobi, 23-27 June 2014). More information about these two events is included in the table below (in the side-events section).

!!! The meeting aims to be a paperless event. Participants are encouraged to download the documents in electronic format. All documents for the meeting are being made available on this webpage. Please bring your laptops for working at the meeting. Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UN ECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz) and therefore require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit. !!!

Post-session documents

Report of the meeting
ECE/CEP/2014/2 (PDF and Word)

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List of participants

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Pre-session documents

Item 1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

Provisional annotated agenda for the twentieth session of CEP
ECE/CEP/2014/1 (PDF and Word)

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Provisional organization of work of the twentieth session of CEP
information paper No.1 (PDF and Word)

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Item 2. Election of officers

The CEP Bureau
information paper No.2/Rev.2 (PDF and Word)

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Item 3. Outcomes of the work of the CEP Bureau

Outcomes of the work of the CEP Bureau in the period of October 2013–June 2014
ECE/CEP/2014/3 (PDF and Word)

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Item 4. Sustainable development in the UN ECE region

Inclusive and sustainable development: perspectives from Europe and Central Asia on the post-2015 development agenda
Summary

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Sixty-sixth session of the Commission, April 2015
link to the webpage of the ECE-66

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Item 5. Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs)

Opening of the environmental instruments of the UN ECE and their promotion beyond the region
ECE/CEP/2014/6 (PDF and Word)

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MEAs: overview of national implementation reporting
ECE/CEP/2014/16 (PDF and Word)

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Informal meeting of representatives of the governing bodies of ECE MEAs and CEP
link to the webpage presenting the outcomes of the four informal meetings held thus far

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Item 6. Environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting

Guidelines for developing national strategies to use soil contamination monitoring as an environmental policy tool
ECE/CEP/2014/14 (PDF and Word)

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Extension of the mandate of the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (WGEMA)
ECE/CEP/2014/11 (PDF and Word)

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Extension of the mandate of the Joint Task Force on Environmental Indicators (JTFEI)
ECE/CEP/2014/12 (PDF and Word)

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Report of WGEMA on its fourteenth session, November 2013
ECE/CEP/AC.10/2013/4

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Report of JTFEI on its eighth session, May 2014
ECE/CEP-CES/GE.1/2014/2  (advance copy)

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Report of JTFEI on its seventh session, November 2013
ECE/CEP-CES/GE.1/2013/2 

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Item 7. Cross-sectoral activities

(a) Education for sustainable development (ESD)

Ninth meeting of the Steering Committee on ESD, April 2014
link to the meeting website

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Report of the Steering Committee on ESD on its ninth meeting
ECE/CEP/AC.13/2014/2 (advance copy)

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(b) Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)

Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment: Paris Declaration

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Report of the Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment
ECE/AC.21/2014/2 - EUDCE1408105/1.6/4HLM/2 (advance copy)

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Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment, April 2014
link to the meeting website

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Report of the Steering Committee of THE PEP on its eleventh session, November 2013
ECE/AC.21/SC/2013/6 - EUDCE1206040/1.9/SC11/6

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(c) Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)

Overview of ongoing contributions by the UN ECE to ENVSEC
information paper No.3 (PDF and Word)

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(d) Environment and Health process

European Environment and Health Ministerial Board third term (2015–2016)
Information paper No.10/Rev.2 (PDF and Word)

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Panel discussion on Environment and Health
flyer presenting the organization of work/Rev.1 (PDF and Word)

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Progress report on European Environment and Health process
EUR/RC64/24 Rev.1

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European Environment and Health process
link to the WHO website dedicated to the process

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European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB)
link to the WHO website dedicated to EHMB

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(e) Green building

Green buidling developments
presentation by the UN ECE secretariat

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Item 8. Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme

(a) Third EPR of Montenegro

Third EPR of Montenegro
information paper No.4 (PDF and Word)

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(b) Third EPR of Serbia

Third EPR of Serbia
information paper No.5 (PDF and Word)

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(c) Overview of activities

Extension of the mandate of the Expert Group on EPRs
ECE/CEP/2014/13 (PDF and Word)

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Item 9. Lessons learned from the Environment for Europe (EfE) mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes

Lessons learned from the EfE mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes
ECE/CEP/2014/10 (PDF and Word)

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Item 10. The Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference

(a) Astana Water Action (AWA)

AWA: improving water management and strengthening transboundary water cooperation
leaflet (web and print versions; for printing please select the 'landscape' orientation under 'print', 'page sizing & handling' properties)

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AWA web portal
link to the website

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(b) Greening the economy

Greening the economy in the pan-European region: progress, priorities, modalities and options
ECE/CEP/2014/5 (PDF and Word)

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(c) Developing the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS)

Targets and performance indicators for measuring progress in developing SEIS across the pan-European region
ECE/CEP/2014/8 (PDF and Word)

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Outcomes of the work of the Group of Friends of SEIS for the period March–July 2014
ECE/CEP/2014/7 (PDF and Word)

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Terms of reference of the Group of Friends of SEIS 
ECE/EX/11 (as approved by ECE Executive Committee on 6 February 2014, see annex II)

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First meeting of the Group of Friends of SEIS, May 2014
link to the meeting website

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(d) Host country preparations

Hosting the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
letter from the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia to the CEP Chair offering to host the Conference; presentation by the host country

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Preparations for the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
presentation

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(e) Selection of the themes for the Conference

Proposed framework for preparing the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2014/9 (PDF and Word)

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Various options for format of group discussion
information paper No.9 (PDF and Word)

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(f) Organizational issues

Organizational issues for the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2014/15 (PDF and Word)

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(g) Resource requirements

UNECE estimated resource requirements for preparing the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
information paper No.6 (PDF and Word)

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Host country estimated resource requirements for preparing the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
information paper No.6/Add.1 (PDF and Word)

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Item 11. Programme of work of the Environment subprogramme

(a) Review of programme performance in the biennium 2012-2013

Biennial performance plan of the Environment subprogramme in 2014–2015
ECE/CEP/2014/4 (PDF and Word)

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(b) Criteria for financial support for participation in meetings and events

Criteria for financial support for participating in meetings and events
information paper No.7 (cancelled; given that data (GDP per capita) for 2013 is not available for all UN ECE countries with economy in transition)

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Item 12. Rules of procedure of CEP

Draft rules of procedure of CEP
ECE/CEP/2014/L.1 (PDF and Word) 

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Item 13. Calendar of meetings 

Proposed schedule of meetings of CEP and its Bureau for the period of 2014-2017
information paper No.8 (PDF and Word)

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Item 14. Other business

AOB that may be brought to the attention of CEP

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Item 15. Closure of the meeting

List of CEP-20 decisions
In-session paper (as approved by CEP on 31 October 2014; PDF and Word)

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Side events on the margins of the 20th session of CEP

First Eastern European regional meeting on the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) as a contribution to the EfE process
Programme of the meeting (Monday, 27 October 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., salle VIII, organized by UNEP)
Registration form for the meeting

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First Eastern European regional meeting on the 10-year framework of programmes on SCP
information note

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Progress report on the 10-year framework of programmes on SCP
E/2014/93

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Development and current status of the 10-year framework of programmes on SCP
background document

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Overview of the Sustainable Consumption and Production policies and initiatives in the Eastern European region
background document

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UNEP's activities in the pan-European region
Programme of the side event (Tuesday, 28 October 2014, 1.15-2.45 p.m., salle VII, organized by UNEP)

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19th session of CEP, October 2013
link to the meeting webpage

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18th session of CEP, April 2012
link to the meeting webpage

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The Reform Plan of the Environment for Europe process
Excerpt from the Report of the CEP on its special session (Geneva, 27-29 January 2009; ECE/CEP/S/152 and corrigendum 1)

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Astana Ministerial Declaration
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.1

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Chair's summary of the Astana Conference
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.2

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Report of the Astana Conference
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2

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Environmental Performance Review Programme: third cycle of reviews
ECE/CEP/S/2011/3

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Europe's Environment Assessment of Assessments: summary
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/8

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Europe's Environment Assessment of Assessments: full report

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Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/3

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Astana Water Action
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/5 

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Astana Water Action: actions by countries and organisations
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/INF/40/Rev.1 (as of 26 April 2013)

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Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the UN ECE region: summary
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/9

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Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the UN ECE region: full report
ECE/MP.WAT/33

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Greening the economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
E/ECE/RPM/2011/4

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Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/4 

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Green Bridge Partnership Programme
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/6

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Astana Green Bridge Initiative
E/ESCAP/MCED(6)/13

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Transitioning to a green economy: the role of education for sustainable development
E/ECE/RPM/2011/5

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Co-Chairs' summary of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Rio+20 Conference
E/ECE/RPM/2011/2/Add.1

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Outome of the Rio+20 Conference
A/RES/66/288

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Presentations made at the 20th session of the Committee on Environmental Policy

Item 5. Multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs)

MEAs’ activities related to national implementation reporting, promotion of the benefits of MEAs beyond the region and continuing progress in opening the MEAs to global accession
made jointly by the Chairs of UNECE MEAs and the secretariat

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Item 6. Environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting

Progress in implementing the UNECE Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme
by the UNECE secretariat

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Item 7(a). Cross-sectoral activities: education for sustainable development

Progress of work under the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
by the UNECE secretariat

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Item 7(b). Cross-sectoral activities: Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)

THE PEP 4th High-Level Meeting (Paris, April 2014)
by France

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THE PEP: highlights of 2014
by WHO and UNECE secretariats

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Unlocking new opportunities: jobs in green and healthy transport
by UNEP secretariat

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Item 8(a). Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme: Third EPR of Montenegro

Third EPR of Montenegro: general overview
by UNECE secretariat

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Item 8(b). Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme: Third EPR of Serbia

Third EPR of Serbia: general overview
by UNECE secretariat

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Third EPR of Serbia: national perspective
by Serbia

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Item 8(c). Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme: overview of activities

EPR Programme: overview of activities
by UNECE secretariat

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Item 10(b). The Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference: greening the economy

Greening the economy in the pan-European region: progress, priorities, modalities and options
made jointly by UNEP and UNECE secretariats

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Green Growth uptake in Asia-Pacific region
by UN ESCAP

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Item 10(c). The Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference: developing SEIS

Targets and performance indicators for measuring progress in developing SEIS across the pan-European region
by UNECE secretariat

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Item 10(d). The Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference: host country preparations

Preparations for the Eighth EfE Ministerial Conference
by Georgia

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All delegates attending the twentieth session are requested to register on-line (if you do not have yet a user account with the UN ECE on-line registration tool, you will need to open an account) preferably before 19 September 2014 and no later than 7 October 2014. On their way to the meeting, delegates should obtain an identification badge at the Pass and Identification Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva’s Security and Safety Section, located at the Pregny Gate, 14, Avenue de la Paix (see map). It will be necessary to present your passport or identity card and the printed registration form. In case of difficulty, please contact the secretariat (Ms. Maricar De La Cruz) by telephone at +41 22 917 2682.

Practical Information for the delegates