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Partnerships

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

“Building Bridges to the Future”

Partnerships

Discussions on partnerships were divided into two sessions: (a) on “Environmental policy and international competitiveness: Can we afford a better environment?”; and (b) on “Environmental finance and partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes”.

Environmental policy and international competitiveness: can we afford a better environment?

Summary of the session

Conference documents

Statements

Summary of the session

The session was chaired by Mr. Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland . Mr. Marek Belka, Executive Secretary, UNECE, presented the key findings of the report “Environmental policy and international competitiveness in a globalizing world: challenges for low-income countries in the UNECE region”. Keynote addresses were delivered by Mr. Arunas Kundortas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania; Mr. Shigeo Katsu, the World Bank; Mr. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova; Mr. Svyatoslav Kurulenko, First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, Ukraine; and Mr. John Hontelez, European Environmental Bureau, European ECO-Forum, Belgium.

Discussions were held in the form of a round table and were focused on the integration of environmental policy concerns into national economic development strategies, on institutional dialogue among major stakeholders, and on the planning and implementation of effective environmental policies and successful policy integration.

The Conference broadly agreed that achieving sustainable development and decoupling national economic growth from environmental pressures would inter alia, require adequate design of environmental policy instruments to ensure cost-effectiveness and incentives for stimulating the development and diffusion of energy-efficient technologies as well as capitalizing on the potential to trade and market environmental goods and services. It noted that the design and implementation of environmental policies may play a very useful role both in promoting a high level of environmental protection and in levelling the playing field.

The Conference confirmed commitment to participate in the process on globalization and environment launched under UNEP at the twenty-fourth Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum in order to promote gains of globalization for the benefit of the environment. It also reconfirmed recognition of the important interlinkages between trade and environment policies and stressed the commitment to strengthen the mutual supportiveness of these two policy areas and to minimize the potential for conflict between them as a contribution to the transition towards sustainable development.

Conference documents

Category I documents

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Environmental policy and international competitiveness in a globalizing world: challenges for low-income countries in the UNECE region (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/21)

Category II documents

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Integrating environment in key economic sectors in Europe and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/28)

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Integrating environment into agriculture and forestry: progress and prospects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECE/BELGRADE.CONF/2007/INF/32)

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Statements

Keynote addresses

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Mr. Arunas Kundortas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania

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Mr. Shigeo Katsu, the Vice-President, the World Bank

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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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Mr. John Hontelez, the Secretary-General, the European Environmental Bureau, European ECO-Forum

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Interventions

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

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Mr. Siniša Stankovic, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro

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

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Ms. Suzana Ðordevic Miloševic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Serbia

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