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Activities Water Unites – Strengthening Regional Cooperation on Water Management in Central Asia“
Almaty, Kazakhstan, 17-18 November 2008

Organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Government of Germany, the Executive Committee for the International Fund for the Saving of the Aral Sea (EC-IFAS) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Conference was hosted by the Kazakh Executive Board of IFAS and the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Conference was a follow-up to the Berlin Conference “Water Unites” on 1 April 2008, where the “Berlin Water Initiative” was launched by German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The main objective was to assess short- and long-term challenges in the field of cooperative water management in Central Asia, in order to generate more coherent, efficient and better targeted action to address these challenges. High-level representatives of the countries of the region, the UN, the European Union, regional organizations and other members of the international development community were among the invitees.

The inauguration of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, which has moved from Dushanbe to Almaty, also took place during the Conference.

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Conference outline

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Final agenda

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List of participants

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Chair's summary

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Background documents

GTZ Proposal for a programme on Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia

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Central Asian Regional Risk Assessment, Executive Summary

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Opening statements

Opening statement, Mr. Paolo Garonna, Acting Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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Opening statement, Ms. Hedi Wegener, Member of Parliament, Head of the German Central Asian Parliamentary Group in the Bundestag

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Statement, Ambassador Pierre Morel, Special Representative of the European Union

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First session: Report of the Regional Risk Assessment of the Water/ Food/ Energy Situation in Central Asia

Keynote address , Ms. Kori Udovicki, United Nations Assistant Secretary General , UNDP Assistant Administrator Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

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Presentation of the Report, Mr. Ben Slay, Senior Economist, UNDP

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The UNECE Water Convention: A framework for long-term regional cooperation on water management, Mr. Bo Libert, Regional Advisor, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

 

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Second Session: The Berlin Water Process: an Integral Part of the CentralAsia Strategy of the EU

Transboundary water management in Central Asia, GTZ

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Environmental Monitoring, Information Management, Decision Support Systems and Capacity Building, Mr. Jan-Peter Mund, German Remote Sensing Data Center, DLR

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Role of Small Hydropower Development: Contribution to the Berlin Water Initiative, Mr. Ti Le-Huu, Chief, Water Security Section, Environment and Development Division, UNESCAP

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Inauguration of the Executive Committee of IFAS

IFAS: Achievements and gaps, Mr. Sulton Rahimov, previous Chairman of the Executive Committee of IFAS

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Third session: Presentation of the Cooperation Frameworks in Central Asia and launch of the ENVSEC East Caspian Assessment

Common Water Framework, Mr. Juerg Staudenmann, UNDP

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ENVSEC East Caspian Assessment, Nara Luvsan, UNEP

 

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Central Asian Initiative for Sustainable Development, Mr. Talaibek Makeev, Regional Environmental Centre of Central Asia

 

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Fourth session: Modernizing the Legal Basis and Strengthening the Institutions for Regional Water Management in Central Asia

Strengthening the Institutions for Regional Water Management in Central Asia, Mr. Marton Krasznai, Regional Advisor, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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Mr. Arstanbek Davletkeldiev, Director and Chair of the Interstate Commission for Sustainable Development

 

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Additional papers

Position of SIC ICWC

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Mr. Hamraev, statement

 

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IFAS draft structure, Mr. Bulat Yessekin, Kazakhstan, Member of the National Council on Sustainable Development, and Member of the National Water Council

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IFAS: problems and solutions, Mr. Bulat Yessekin, Kazakhstan, Member of the National Council on Sustainable Development, and Member of the National Water Council

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