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South-East European perspectives

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

“Building Bridges to the Future”

Capacity-building

South-East European perspectives

Summary of the session

Conference documents

Statements

Summary of the session

The session was chaired by Mr. Saša Dragin, Minister of Environmental Protection of Serbia. Keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO; Mr. Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy; Mr. Predrag Nenezic, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro; Mr. Lufter Xhuveli, Minister of Environment, Forests and Water Administration, Albania; Mr. Nikola Ružinski, State Secretary of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, Croatia; Ms. Sonja Lepitkova, Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Mr. Vilim Primorac, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mr. Stavros Kaloyannis, Deputy Minister of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, Greece; Ms. Kori Udovicki, Regional Director for Europe and the CIS, UNDP; Ms. Soledad Blanco, Director of International Affairs, Environment Directorate-General, the European Commission; and Mr. Corrado Clini, Chairman of the Board of Directors, REC-CEE.

The Conference noted with interest the Belgrade Initiative on Enhancing regional cooperation in the field of climate change and welcomed the establishment of the climate change center in Belgrade aimed at implementing a capacity - building action plan for South-Eastern Europe. The need for improved cooperation within the region and for fostering international partnerships to raise the capacity of the South-Eastern European countries to cope with emerging issues related to adaptation to and mitigation of climate change was stressed.

The Conference noted the achievements in South-Eastern European countries and encouraged further efforts towards efficient implementation of environmental legislation, capacity-building of national and local institutions, cross-sectoral and broad stakeholder cooperation and an increase in environmental investments.

The Conference pointed out the importance of better integration of environmental issues into sectoral policies in the South-Eastern European countries, and the necessity for the integration of economic development with environmental protection to find ways to achieve sustainable development and the sustainable use of natural resources, given the growth of the SEE countries economies. The Conference reiterated that achieving goals and priorities would require the commitment and involvement of all the actors – namely Governments, international and regional organizations, financial institutions, other donors, civil society including the private sector – and should cover different environmental issues identified on the basis of specific subregions and country needs, with a view to ensuring sustainable development and the safeguarding of natural resources.

Conference documents

Category I documents

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Belgrade Initiative: enhancing the regional South-East European cooperation in the field of climate change –Climate Change Framework Action Plan for the South-Eastern European region and the establishment of a subregional, virtual Climate Change related centre for research and systematic observation, education, training, public awareness, and capacity building (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/20 and Addendum 1)

Category II documents

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Acceptance and implementation of UNECE multilateral environmental agreements in South-Eastern Europe (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/19)

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Municipal environmental investments in South-Eastern Europe: 2001–2005 (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/20)

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Towards a healthy and productive Adriatic ecosystem (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/21)

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Environmental policy in South-Eastern Europe (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/22)

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Protection and sustainable development of mountain areas in South-Eastern Europe (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/23)

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Statements

Keynote addresses

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Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization

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Mr. Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy

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

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Mr. Lufter Xhuveli, Minister of Environment, Forests and Water Administration, Albania

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Mr. Nikola Ružinski, State Secretary of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, Croatia

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Ms. Sonja Lepitkova, Deputy Minister of Environment and Physical Planning, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

 

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Mr. Vilim Primorac, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

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Mr. Stavros Kaloyannis, Deputy Minister of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, Greece

 

 

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Ms. Kori Udovicki, Director, the United Nations Development Programme, Regional Bureau for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States

 

 

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

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Mr. Corrado Clini, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the REC for Central and Eastern Europe

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Interventions

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

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Mr. Mitja Bricelj, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Spacial Planing, Slovenia

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Mr. Phillip Weller, Executive Secretary of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

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

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Ms. Kaja Sukova, Head of Department, Ministry of Environment and Physical Planning, The former Republic of Macedonia

 

 

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Mr. Jon Kahn, Director of Division, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Sweden

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Mr. Murtezan Ismaili, Director, Institute for Environment and Health, SEEU University, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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Ms. Karin Shepardson, Senior Operations Officer, World Bank

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Mr. Lavdosh Ferunaj, European ECO-Forum

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Mr. Guenter Liebel, Director General, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

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