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Steering Group on Environmental Assessments
At its meeting in October 2009, the Committee on Environmental Policy welcomed the proposal of the European Environment Agency (EEA) to assess various environmental assessments of relevance to the region and to present the results of such assessments to the ministers in Astana.
The Committee agreed to establish a Steering Group on Environmental Assessments (SGEA) to guide the preparation by EEA of the 'Europe's Environment Assessment of Assessments' (EEAoA) report for the Astana Conference. Building on lessons learned from the publication of four ad hoc Pan-European environment assessment reports for the previous Ministerial Conferences, the overall goal is to assess the regional needs, priorities and sustainable long-term mechanisms to keep the pan-European environment under continuous review. Concrete proposals to this effect will be submitted to the ministers in Astana, including recommendations on how to develop a shared environmental information system in the region.
Participants in the 'Assessment of Assessments' process (En)
A training workshop on Europe’s Environment Assessment of Assessments was held at the EEA on 28 May 2010. A list of participants, copies of presentations and all other related material can be found on the dedicated Web-based EEA portal for this activity.
Distribution of Documents
In order to save paper and make the process of distributing documentation more efficient, the UNECE secretariat will not provide hard copies of meeting documents in the meeting room (exceptions will be made for meeting discussion documents prepared during or shortly before meetings).
All relevant documents prepared by or submitted to the UNECE secretariat are posted on the UNECE website. In addition, the Committee on Environmental Policy official documents are available at the UNECE documents distribution centre (room 337, 3rd floor of the Palais des Nations, near the Delegates’ Lounge).
Therefore, the delegates are kindly asked to bring with them all documents that they need for work during meetings, including reference documents and documents circulated specifically for meetings of the CEP and its Bureau. Participants wishing to distribute papers relevant to meetings are requested to bring the needed number of copies.