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Conference documents and materials

Documents and materials for the Conference are being posted on this webpage as soon as they become available. For more details on the documents preparatory process please visit the webpages of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy.

The host country will provide about 300 netbooks for official delegates (two per delegation), which will be installed at the plenary meeting room in the Batumi Sheraton hotel to facilitate the work during the Conference.

!!! The Conference aims to be a paperless event. Participants are encouraged to download the documents on your electronic devices. All documents for the meeting are being made available on this webpage. Please bring your laptops for working at the Conference. The host country will provide the necessary technical equipment (electric sockets and WiFi Internet connection) to enable the use of laptops in the Conference venue. !!!

pre-session documents
Item 1. Opening of the Conference and adoption of the agenda
Annotated provisional agenda for the Conference 
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/1 (PDF and Word)
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Organization of work at the Conference
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/3 (PDF and Word)

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Information document
Organization of work at the Conference: list of speakers
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/3/Add.1/Rev.1 (PDF and Word)
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Guidance for speakers at the Conference 
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/3/Add.2/Rev.4 (PDF and Word)
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List of documents and materials for the Conference 
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/3 (PDF)

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Item 2. The environment dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — moving forward in the pan-European region
Item 2. (a) Multilateral environmental agreements, mechanisms, policies and institutions supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Final report on the implementation of the Astana Water Action: fostering progress towards improved water management
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/10 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Information document

Mapping of the Environment subprogramme processes and activities that support countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/1 (PDF)

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Brochure. Astana Water Action: from Astana to Batumi (2011–2016)
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/6 (PDF)
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Item 2. (b) Keeping the pan-European environment under review
Report on progress in establishing the Shared Environmental Information System in support of regular reporting in the pan-European region
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/8 (PDF and Word)
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Summary of key findings and policy messages of the European regional assessment of the Sixth Global Environment Outlook
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/9 and Corrigendum (PDF and Word)
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ENG/ ENG
FRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Information documents
European regional assessment of the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/14 (PDF; and link to UNEP website under embargo until 8 June 2016, 14:30 CEST/16:30 Batumi time)
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Regular environmental assessment process based on the Shared Environmental Information System
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/15 (PDF)

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Targets and performance indicators for measuring progress in developing SEIS across the pan-European region
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/16 (PDF)

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Item 3. Towards a new society: 10 years of education for sustainable development
Draft Batumi Ministerial Statement on Education for Sustainable Development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/L.2 (PDF and Word)
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Framework for the future implementation of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/11 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Information documents

Learning from each other: achievements, challenges and ways forward — Third evaluation report of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/17 (PDF)

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Ten years of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/18 (PDF)

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Item 4. Greening the economy in the pan-European region
Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/6 (PDF and Word)
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Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E)
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/13 (PDF and Word)
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Greening the economy in the pan-European region
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/4 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Information document

List of possible green economy actions
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/21 (PDF)

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Item 5. Improving air quality for a better environment and human health
Batumi Action for Cleaner Air
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/7 (PDF and Word)
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Improving air quality for a better environment and human health
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/5 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Towards cleaner air: scientific assessment report 2016 - Summary for policymakers
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/12 (PDF)
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Information document

Seven messages on air pollution for ministers
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/2 (PDF)

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Item 6. Reporting on the outcomes of the thematic sessions
Reports by the Chairs of the thematic segments followed by discussion
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Item 7. Adoption of the Conference outcomes
Draft Ministerial Declaration
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/L.1/Rev.1 (PDF and Word)
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Item 8. Closure of the Conference
Chair's summary of the Conference
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/2/Add.3 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
post-session documents
Report of the Conference
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/2 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Ministerial Declaration
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/2/Add.1 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Ministerial Statement on ESD
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/2/Add.2 (PDF and Word)
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Chair's summary of the Conference
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/2/Add.3 (PDF and Word)
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Co-Chairs’ summary of the High-level Meeting of Education and Environment Ministries
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/2/Add.4 (PDF and Word)
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Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E)

The UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy adopted the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy (En / Fr / Ru) for submission to the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference as an outcome to be endorsed. Ministers at the Conference will be invited to endorse the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy –– a tool supporting countries’ efforts in transitioning to green economy and at the same time contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) –– and to commit to implementing it.

Furthermore, the Committee welcomed the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) included in the annex to the Strategic Framework, and invited interested Committee members and observers to submit voluntary commitments to the BIG-E, preferably by Monday, 9 May 2016.

The BIG-E operationalizes the Strategic Framework during the period 2016–2030. It will comprise voluntary commitments by interested countries and organizations, both public and private (BIG-E stakeholders), in the form of green economy actions. Together, the committed actions will constitute the BIG-E, which will be launched at the Batumi Ministerial Conference during a festive ceremony on 9 June 2016.

To harmonize the submission of actions, a template is included in an appendix to Strategic Framework (En / Fr / Ru). The list of possible green economy actions (En / Ru) could be used as reference in preparing the commitments.

Countries and organizations are invited to identify and voluntarily commit green economy actions under one or several focus areas, for instance to incentivize green investments and trade or green consumption habits in order to advance the transition to an inclusive green economy. It is proposed that each BIG-E stakeholder commit about five green economy actions in time for the Batumi Ministerial Conference.

Selection criteria to guide the identification of green economy actions are whether they:
    (a)    Are expected to deliver economic benefits with environmental and social co benefits;
    (b)    Include a mixture of new and ongoing initiatives;
    (c)    Will make a clear contribution to the achievement of SDG targets;
    (d)    Will have a measurable impact over time;
    (e)    Will be a driver for transformation and innovation towards green economy that may be relevant to and inspire other countries in the region.

In order to simultaneously contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (En / Fr / Ru), each green economy action within the BIG-E should be linked to the specific SDG targets to which it also contributes.  Such an approach will help ensure the advancement of green economy in the region in support of Agenda 2030.

Voluntary commitments by countries and other stakeholders will be posted below, as well as compiled into a document.

Note: The completed template for each voluntary commitment should be submitted, if possible by 9 May 2016, to the secretariat by email 

Voluntary commitments submitted to BIG-E under the pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy

Austria (En)

Azerbaijan (En)

Belarus (En)

Croatia (En)

Estonia (En)

Finland (En)

Georgia (En)

Germany (En)

Hungary (En)

Italy (En)

Kazakhstan (En)

Kyrgyzstan  (Ru / En)

Latvia (En)

Lithuania (En)

Luxembourg (Fr)

Netherlands (En)

Poland (En)

Portugal (En)

Republic of Moldova (En)

Romania (En)

Slovenia (En)

Sweden (En)

Switzerland (En)

Uzbekistan (En / Ru)

CAREC (En)

Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation (En)

European Eco-Forum (En)

Regional Environmental Centre for Caucasus (En)

Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (En)

Green Growth Knowledge Platform (En)

GOF47/UNEP/GRI (En)

IPEN-IEE-Eco Forum (En)

IRP/UNEP (En)

OECD (En)

UNECE (En)

UNEP (En)

Batumi Action for Cleaner Air (BACA)

The UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy approved the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air (En / Fr / Ru) for submission to the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to be endorsed as a Conference outcome. The initiative was prepared under the leadership of the Bureau of the UNECE Air Convention.

Ministers at the Conference will be invited to endorse the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air –– an initiative supporting countries’ efforts in improving air quality and protecting public health and ecosystems –– and to commit to implementing it.

The Committee invited interested Committee members and observers to submit voluntary commitments to the initiative, preferably by Monday, 9 May 2016.

To harmonize the submission of commitments, a template is included in annex to the initiative (En / Fr / Ru).

Governments and other stakeholders are invited to choose appropriate actions from the list of possible actions, as presented in the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air, in accordance with their country-specific needs and with a view to undertaking a voluntarily commitment to implementing them. The Batumi Action for Cleaner Air was launched at the Batumi Ministerial Conference on 9 June by celebrating the commitments made. The initiative remains open for additional and further commitments until 2018 and beyond.

Voluntary commitments by Governments and other stakeholders are posted below, as well as compiled into a document (En).

Note: The completed template for each voluntary commitment should be submitted, if possible by 9 May 2016, to the secretariat by email 

Voluntary commitments submitted under the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air (BACA)

Armenia (En)

Austria (En)

Azerbaijan (En)

Belarus (En)

Belgium (En)

Croatia (En)

Czech Republic (En)

Estonia (En)

France (En)

Georgia (En)

Germany (En)

Hungary (En)

Italy (En)

Latvia (En)

Lithuania (En)

Netherlands (En)

Poland (En)

Portugal (En)

Republic of Moldova (En)

Romania (En)

Slovenia (En)

Spain (En)

Sweden (En)

Switzerland (En)

United States of America (En)

Uzbekistan (En / Ru)

Nordic Council of Ministers (En)

Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe (En)

UNECE (En)

Information documents
Item 1. Opening of the Conference and adoption of the agenda
Guidance for speakers at the Conference 
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/3/Add.2/Rev.4 (PDF and Word)
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Arrangement of meeting rooms in the Batumi Sheraton and Hilton hotels
(PDF)
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List of documents and materials for the Conference 
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/3 (PDF)
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Information note on logistics for the Conference
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/4 (the document is cancelled; the information is made available on the host country website under logistics)
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List of participants 
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Item 2. The environment dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — moving forward in the pan-European region
Item 2. (a) Multilateral environmental agreements, mechanisms, policies and institutions supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Mapping of the Environment subprogramme processes and activities that support countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/1 (PDF)
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20 years of Environmental Performance Reviews: impacts, lessons learned and the potential to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/5 (PDF)
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Brochure. Astana Water Action: from Astana to Batumi (2011–2016)
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/6 (PDF)
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Water Policy Reforms in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/7 (PDF)
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Sustainable Business Models for Water Supply and Sanitation in Small Towns and Rural Settlements in Kazakhstan
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/8 (PDF)
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Policy Guidance Note on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/9 (PDF)
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Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good Practices
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/10 (PDF)
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Report on the implementation of the National Policy Dialogues
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/11 (PDF)
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The Equitable Access Score-card: Supporting policy process to achieve the human right to water and sanitation
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/12 (PDF)
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Good practice Recommendations on Public Participation in Strategic Environmental Assessment
Maastricht Recommendations on Promoting Effective Public Participation in Decision-making in Environmental Matters

ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/13 (PDF)
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Item 2. (b) Keeping the pan-European environment under review
European regional assessment of the Sixth Global Environmental Outlook
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/14 (PDF; and link to UNEP website under embargo until 8 June 2016, 14:30 CEST/16:30 Batumi time)
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Regular environmental assessment process based on the Shared Environmental Information System
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/15 (PDF)
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Targets and performance indicators for measuring progress in developing SEIS across the pan-European region
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/16 (PDF)
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Item 3. Towards a new society: 10 years of education for sustainable development
Learning from each other: achievements, challenges and ways forward — Third evaluation report of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/17 (PDF)
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Ten years of the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/18 (PDF)
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Empowering educators for a sustainable future: Tools for policy and practice workshops on competences in education for sustainable development
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/19 (PDF)
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Learning for the future – competences for education for sustainable development 
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/20 (PDF)
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Item 4. Greening the economy in the pan-European region
List of possible green economy actions
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/21 (PDF)
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The Environmental Policy Toolkit for Greening SMEs in the EU Eastern Partnership countries
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/22 (PDF)
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Green Finance and Investment - Environmental Lending in EU Eastern Partnership
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/23 (PDF)
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Green Growth Indicators 2014
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/24 (PDF)
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Creating Incentives for Greener Products - A policy manual for Eastern Partnership Countries
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/25 (PDF)
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Greening Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Eastern Partnership Countries
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/26 (PDF)
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Policy perspectives the evolving landscape of climate finance for Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia countries
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/27 (PDF)
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Reconciling resource uses in transboundary basins: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/28 (PDF)
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Reconciling resource uses: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Sava River Basin
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/29 (PDF)
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Reconciling resource uses: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Alazani/Ganykh River Basin
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/30 (PDF)
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Reconciling resource uses: assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the Syr Darya River Basin
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/31 (PDF)
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Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/32 (PDF)
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Sustainable Forest Management for Greener Economies in the Caucasus and Central Asia
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/33 (PDF)
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Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/34 (PDF)
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UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/35 (PDF)
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UNECE carbon capture and storage recommendations
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/36 (PDF)
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Outcome Statement from the Eastern European Regional Meeting of the Ten Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/37 (PDF)
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Item 5. Improving air quality for a better environment and human health
Seven messages on air pollution for ministers
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/2 (PDF)
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Residential heating with wood and coal: health impacts and policy options in Europe and North America
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/38 (PDF)
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Batumi Action for Cleaner Air: a compilation of actions by countries and organizations
ECE/BATUMI.CONF/2016/INF/39 (PDF)
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Find out more about UNECE Environment activities supporting the achievement of SDGs in the information document on Mapping of the Environment subprogramme processes and activities that support countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (En / Fr / Ru) as well as in the following pamphlets:

SDG 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere (En)

SDG 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture (En)

SDG 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages (En)

SDG 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (En)

SDG 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (En)

SDG 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (En)

SDG 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (En)

SDG 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (En)

SDG 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (En)

SDG 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (En)

SDG 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (En)

Organizational issues for the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2014/15 (as adopted by CEP-20; PDF)

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Communication plan for the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2015/13 (as approved by CEP-21; PDF)

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The Reform Plan of the Environment for Europe process
Excerpt from the Report of the CEP on its special session (Geneva, 27-29 January 2009; ECE/CEP/S/152, annex, and corrigendum 1)

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70/1. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015 (A/RES/70/1)

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Outome of the Rio+20 Conference
A/RES/66/288

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Astana Ministerial Declaration
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.1

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Astana Water Action
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/5 
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Astana Water Action
link to the webportal

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Greening the economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
E/ECE/RPM/2011/4
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Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/4 
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Transitioning to a green economy: the role of education for sustainable development
E/ECE/RPM/2011/5
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