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Capacity-building

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

“Building Bridges to the Future”

Capacity-building

Discussions on capacity-building were divided into two sessions: (a) on progress and perspectives in implementation of the Environment Strategy for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), and of the Central Asia Initiative for Sustainable Development; and (b) on South-East European (SEE) perspectives.

Progress and perspectives in the implementation of the Environment Strategy for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, and of the Central Asia Initiative for Sustainable Development

Summary of the session

Conference documents

Statements

Summary of the session

The session was chaired by Mr. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova. Mr. Lorents Lorentsen, Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD, presented the findings of the report “Policies for a better environment – progress in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia” prepared by the EAP Task Force secretariat. Mr. Arstanbek Davletkeldiev, Director of the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry, Kyrgyzstan, presented a report on the “Central Asia Initiative on Sustainable Development: progress and prospects”.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Alzhan Braliev, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan; Ms. Soledad Blanco, Director of International Affairs, Environment Directorate-General, the European Commission; Mr. Aram Harutyunyan, Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia; Ms. Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, the Czech Republic; Mr. Michael Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Mr. Michael Kozeltsev, REC Russia; and Ms. Olga Ponizova, ECO-Accord, European ECO-Forum, the Russian Federation.

The Conference welcomed the report “Policies for a better environment: progress in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia”prepared by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in close cooperation with the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia and NGOs as well as with a range of international organizations and institutions: the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Project Preparation Committee, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Environmental Center (REC) Szentendre, the four Eastern European, Caucasian and Central Asian RECs and Eco-Forum. During the discussions three issues were emphasized as deserving high priority: water supply and sanitation, especially the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals; strengthening the capacity of environmental institutions; and promoting energy efficiency.

Ministers and heads of delegation from the Central Asian countries presented progress made in implementation and prospects for the Central Asian Initiative for Sustainable Development (CAI) and reaffirmed their commitment to establishing a productive multisectoral dialogue on environmental sustainability and sustainable development in the subregion. Among future priority areas the strengthening of environmental management, a coordinated approach to water management, education for sustainable development, support for civil society initiatives, a response to climate change, and addressing sustainable livelihoods were highlighted.

   

Conference documents

Category I documents

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Policies for a better environment - progress in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/16)

Guiding principles of effective environmental permitting systems (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/17)

Initiative on strategic environment assessment (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/18)

Central Asian Initiative on Sustainable Development: progress and prospects (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/19)

Category II documents

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Progress report on partnerships in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/14)

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Translating environmental law into practice: progress in modernizing environmental regulation and compliance assurance in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/15)

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Financing water supply and sanitation in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, and progress in achieving water-related Millennium Development Goals (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/16)

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EU Water Initiative – Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/17)

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Strengthening environmental governance in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia through local environmental action programmes (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/18)

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         Statements                                                     

Keynote addresses

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Mr. Lorents Lorentsen, Director of the Environment Directorate, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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Mr. Alzhan Braliev, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan

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Ms. Soledad Blanco, Director of International Affairs, Environment Directorate-General, the European Commission

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Mr. Aram Harutyunyan, Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia

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

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Mr. Michael Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

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Michael Kozeltsev, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center (REC) for the Russian Federation

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Ms. Olga Ponizova, Executive Director, ECO-Accord, European ECO-Forum

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

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Interventions

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Ms. Helen Oddveig Bjørnøy, Minister of Environment, Norway

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

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Ms. Agnieszka Bolesta, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, Poland

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Ms. Åsa-Britt Karlsson, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Sweden

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Ms. Karine Siegwart, Head of Section, on behalf of Mr. Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

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Mr. Daniel Reifsnyder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, State Department, the United States of America

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

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Ms. Julya Pakhomova, Deputy Director of the State Environmental Policy Department, Ministry of Natural Resources, the Russian Federation

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Mr. Jonathan Krueger, Programme Officer, UNITAR

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Mr . Oleg Pecheniuk, European ECO-Forum

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Mr. Alzhan Braliev, Vice Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan

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Mr. Abdurahmon Kodiri, Minister of Agriculture and Nature Protection, Tajikistan

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Mr. Bory Alikhanov, Chairman of the State Committee for Nature Protection, Uzbekistan

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Mr. Saydirasul Sanginov, Chairman of Council, ECO-Forum of Uzbekistan (on behalf of Central Asian NGOs)

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