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Review Meeting on Cooperation with Turkmenistan on Environmental Issues

Review Meeting on Cooperation with Turkmenistan on Environmental Issues

ASHGABAT, 30 August 2011 – Representatives of the Government of Turkmenistan met with a delegation of the UNECE Secretariat to exchange information and discuss cooperation in the field of the environment. As Turkmenistan is developing its international economic and environmental relations, it considers international standards, such as the UNECE environmental conventions, as a priority.

The meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the many cooperation initiatives that UNECE and the Government of Turkmenistan are currently developing, including the participation in the Astana Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe”, the progress of the Environmental Performance Review and the future of the National Policy Dialogue on Water.

The review meeting was proposed by the Government of Turkmenistan. The deputy ministers of nature protection, water economy, foreign affairs and “adalat” (justice) participated in the meeting. The Turkmen side confirmed its interest in acceding to the Water Convention and that it is considering accession to the Espoo Convention and the Convention on Industrial Accidents.

It also informed that a working group under the Ministry of Justice was established to ensure implementation of the Aarhus Convention. The action of UNECE in the field of the environment is perceived as an integrated effort and is supported by the Government of Turkmenistan.

More information on the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogue on IWRM is available at the website www.unece.org/env/water/npd.html

or contact:

Ms. Gulnara Roll, EUWI Coordinator
Environment Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Phone : +41 (0) 22 917 22 57
Fax :    +41 (0) 22 917 06 21
E-mail: Gulnara.Roll@unece.org

Note to Editors:

The UNECE-supported National Policy Dialogues on IWRM programme assist governments of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in promoting implementation of the IWRM in line with the principles of the UNECE Water Convention, the Protocol on Water and Health, the EU Water Framework Directive and other UNECE and European Union instruments.

National Policy Dialogues on IWRM are the main operational instrument of the European Union Water Initiative (EUWI), an international partnership that aims at contributing to the achievement of the water related Millennium Development Goals. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is the strategic partner to support the policy dialogue process on integrated water resources management. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the strategic partner for water supply and sanitation.