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Implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and findings of UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews

The Sixth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe"
Belgrade, 10-12 October 2007

“Building Bridges to the Future”

Assessment and Implementation 

Discussions on on assessment and implementation were divided into two sessions: (a) on “State of the environment and monitoring and assessment”; and (b) on “Implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and findings of UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews (EPRs)”.

Implementation of multilateral environmental agreements
and findings of UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews

Summary of the session

Conference documents

Statements

Summary of the session

The session was chaired by Mr. Raimonds Vejonis, Minister of Environmental Protection, Latvia. Keynote addresses were given by Mr. Dzhevdet Chakarov, Minister of Environment and Water, Bulgaria; Ms. Giuliana Gasparrini, Director of Division, on behalf of Mr. Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy; Mr. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova; Mr. Sviatoslav Kurulenko, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, Ukraine; and Ms. Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, the Czech Republic.

The Conference acknowledged the report on the implementation of UNECE environmental conventions. It recalled the “Guidelines for strengthening compliance with and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements in the ECE region” (“Kiev Guidelines”) endorsed at the Kiev Ministerial Conference and urged their further application by all Governments.

The Conference noted with appreciation the First assessment of transboundary rivers, lakes and groundwaters in the UNECE region, and called for the next assessment to be delivered at the next “Environment for Europe” Conference.

The Conference stressed that the five UNECE environmental conventions and the UNECE EPR Programme contributed significantly to improving environmental policy in the region by addressing environmental disparities in the countries of South-Eastern Europe (SEE) and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia as they served as a basis for many national actions aimed at better environmental management, integration of environmental policies into other sectors, and promotion of sustainable development.The Conference also noted that the UNECE conventions and EPR Programme contributed to environmental security in the region.

The Conference underlined the importance of speeding up the ratification of the UNECE conventions and their protocols and noted the specific recommendations to countries for overcoming the bottlenecks hampering the efficient implementation of MEAs examined in the document “Critical issues in the implementation of environmental policies”.

The Conference stressed the need to develop the existing capacity-building activities under the conventions into consolidated programmes with well-defined priorities and actions, to help the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and SEE countries address the difficulties of fully implementing the basic requirements of MEAs. It also noted that new European Union (EU) Member States should continue to share their experience and good practice from the transition period with countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and SEE countries, so as to bring those countries closer to internationally recognized environmental standards.

Conference documents

Category I documents

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Implementation of UNECE multilateral environmental agreements (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/12)

From intentions to actions: overcoming bottlenecks. Critical issues in implementation of environmental policies highlighted by the UNECE Environmental Performance Review Programme (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/13, Corrigendum 1 and Addendum 1)

Category II documents

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Challenges and opportunities of transboundary accidental water pollution, liability and compensation – progress towards ratification of the Civil Liability Protocol (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/2)

Tackling regional, hemispheric and global air pollution: the potential role of the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/8)

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Statements

Keynote addresses

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Mr. Dzhevdet Chakarov, Minister of Environment and Water, Bulgaria

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Ms. Giuliana Gasparrini, Director of Division, on behalf of Mr. Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy

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Mr. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova

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Mr. Sviatoslav Kurulenko, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, Ukraine

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Ms. Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, the Czech Republic

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Interventions

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Mr. Predrag Nenezic, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro

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Ms. Agnieszka Bolesta, Undersecretary of State on behalf of Mr. Jan Szyszko, Minister of the Environment, Poland

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Mr. Gábor Fodor, Minister of Environment and Water, Hungary

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Mr. Bert-Axel Szelinski, Head of Unit, Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

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Mr. Silviu Stoica, Secretary of State , Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Romania

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Ms. Denise De Hauwere, Ambassador, Belgium

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Mr. Arstanbek Davletkeldiev, Director of the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry, Kyrgyzstan

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Ms. Marta Bonifert, Executive Director, REC-CEE

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Mr. Serhiy Vykhrist, European ECO-Forum

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