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EU Water Initiative Side Event

EU Water Initiative Side Event at the Seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe”

23 September 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan. The side event “Implementation of IWRM principles at national level through the EU Water Initiative National Policy Dialogues and other programmes” will be held at the Seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” (see on the conference at http://www.efe.kz/), on 23 September 2011. The side event is organized by the Government of Romania, UNECE, OECD and the European Commission.

The side event is aimed to discuss implementation of the ongoing water sector reforms in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, which the EUWI NPDs are supporting. The new draft strategy for the EUWI for the period until 2025 will be presented at the meeting. The side event will also elaborate recommendations on how the EUWI could support the reforms in a more effective manner.

The meeting will be chaired by H. E. Laszlo Borbely, Minister of Environment and Forests of Romania. Presenters include UNECE Executive Secretary Mr. Ján KUBIŠ; Minister of Environment of Republic of Moldova H.E. Mr. Gheorghe SALARU; Head of OECD Environmental Performance and Information Division Mr. Brendan GILLESPIE; other high level officials from countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia as well as representatives of international and donor organizations.

Documents of the meeting are available at www.unece.org/index.php?id=2633

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

Note to Editors:

The UNECE-supported NPDs on IWRM programme assists Governments of the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia in promoting implementation of IWRM in line with the principles of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, its Protocol on Water and Health, the EU Water Framework Directive and other UNECE and EU instruments.

 

NPDs on IWRM are the main operational instrument of the EUWI, an international partnership that aims at contributing to the achievement of the water-related Millennium Development Goals. UNECE is the strategic partner to support the policy dialogue process on IWRM. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the strategic partner for water supply and sanitation.