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Geneva, Palais des Nations

The 19th session of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP)  was held in Geneva from 22 to 25 October 2013. Meeting documents are available in the table below. Also, please see the UNECE Weekly 551 on the main outcomes of the meeting.

The session focused on:

-> electing the CEP Bureau

-> considering the outcomes of the 65th session of the Economic Commission for Europe of relevance to CEP, including the outcome of the review of the 2005 UNECE reform

-> carrying out the "Environment for Europe" mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes, including on (a) joining and implementing the relevant multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); (b) implementing the Astana Water Action; (c) promoting a green economy in the region and the Green Bridge Partnership Programme; (d) conducting a third cycle of environmental performance reviews (EPRs); (e) establishing a regular process of environmental assessment and developing a Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS); and (f) continuing the work of the Environmental Action Programme Task Force (EAP Task Force) and strengthening the work of the Regional Environmental Centres (RECs)

-> commencing the discussion on the preparation of the next "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference

-> reviewing the environmental performance of Croatia, the Republic of Moldova and Morocco

-> deciding on the work related to environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting

-> considering the issue of strengthening national implementation and compliance of UNECE MEAs

-> considering the progress of work in a number of cross-cutting activities, such as: (a) education for sustainable development; (b) Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme; (c) environment and security; (d) European Environment and Health process; and (e) green building

-> deciding on the programme of work for 2014-2015 of the Environment subprogramme and other related issues, including (a) review of programme performance in the biennium 2012-2013; (b) resource requirements and criteria for financial support; and (c) publications in the biennium 2014-2015 

-> deciding on the CEP rules of procedure

-> deciding on the calendar of CEP meetings 2014-2016.

Three side events were organised on the margins of the 19th session of CEP. The programmes of the side events are available in the table below.

!!! The meeting was a paperless event to the extent possible. Participants were encouraged to download the documents in electronic format. Documents for the meeting are made available on this website. !!!

Post-session documents
Decision [by ECE Executive Committee] approving the programme of work for the Environment subprogramme for the biennium 2014-2015 and the establishment, mandate and terms of reference of the Group of Friends of SEIS
(ECE/EX/11)
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Report of the meeting
(ECE/CEP/2013/2)
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List of participants
(as at 31 October 2013)
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Pre-session documents
Item 1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

Provisional annotated agenda for the nineteenth session of CEP
ECE/CEP/2013/1

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Provisional organization of work of the nineteenth session of CEP
Information paper No.1/Rev.1
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Item 2. Election of officers
The CEP Bureau
Information paper No.11 and
Information paper No.11/Rev.1
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Item 3. Outcomes of the work of the CEP Bureau
Outcomes of the work of the CEP Bureau in the period of April 2012–June 2013
ECE/CEP/2013/22 
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Item 4. Outcomes of the 65th session of the ECE of relevance to CEP
Outcome of the review of the 2005 ECE reform
Excerpt from the ECE Biennial Report (as adopted by the ECE-65 on 9-11 April 2013)
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Summaries of discussions on follow-up to Rio+20 and the post-2015 development agenda
Excerpt from the ECE Biennial Report
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ECE Biennial Report (1 April 2011-11 April 2013)
E/ECE/1464
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Item 5. Multilateral environmental agreements: strengthening national implementation and compliance
Informal meeting of representatives of the governing bodies of ECE MEAs and CEP
(link to the webpage presenting the outcomes of the three informal meetings held thus far)
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Presentations will be made by representatives of MEAs---------
Item 6. The "Environment for Europe" mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes
(a) Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)
Assisting countries in joining and implementing the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe multilateral environmental agreements
ECE/CEP/2013/8 
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(b) Astana Water Action
Implementation of the Astana Water Action: fostering progress towards improved water management
ECE/CEP/2013/9 
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Questionnaire to review progress in implementing the Astana Water Action
(as circulated to the AWA stakeholders)
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(c) Greening the economy
Greening the economy in the pan-European region: progress and future prospects
ECE/CEP/2013/10 
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(d) Environmental performance reviews (EPRs)
Environmental performance reviews: progress made in preparation for the third cycle
ECE/CEP/2013/12 
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(e) Environmental assessment and reporting
A review of Shared Environment Information System-related developments with an impact on environmental assessment and reporting since the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2013/18 
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Outline on the establishment of a regular assessment and reporting process underpinned by the gradual development of a Shared Environment Information System
ECE/CEP/2013/15 
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Input by the “Environment for Europe” partners into the gradual development of a Shared Environment Information System
ECE/CEP/2013/13
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Proposed coordination mechanism for the development of the Shared Environmental Information System
ECE/CEP/2013/23 
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Terms of reference of "Friends of SEIS" group
(as approved by CEP on 25 October 2013; will be annexed to the report of CEP-19)
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Side event "SEIS in practice and the way forward in the pan-European region"
Programme of the side-event
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(f) Work of the EAP Task Force and the RECs
Progress since the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference within the framework of the Environmental Action Programme Task Force: promoting better policies and tools for water resources management and green growth
ECE/CEP/2013/19 
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Regional Environmental Centres: promoting green economy and governance for sustainability
ECE/CEP/2013/14
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(g) Main findings of the review

Results of the survey on the promotion of the “Environment for Europe” process and the outcomes of its ministerial conferences
ECE/CEP/2013/21 and Corrigendum 1 

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Compilation of comments included in the responses to the survey on the promotion of the “Environment for Europe” process and the outcomes of its ministerial conferences
Information paper No.13/Rev.2 (in PDF and Word format)

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Survey on the promotion of the “Environment for Europe” process and the outcomes of its ministerial conferences
(As circulated by email to CEP on 3 June 2013. The Russian version of the document is an unofficial translation and includes only the part V. Survey, starting on page 5. For convenience, the official Russian version of the EfE Reform Plan is provided in the annex. The responses received will be posted in this table under a separate tab)
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Item 7. The Eighth "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference
Requirements for hosting the Eighth “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2013/16 
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Proposed framework for preparing the Eighth "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference
ECE/CEP/2013/17
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Implementing the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development post 2015
Information paper No. 3
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Item 8. Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme
Second EPR of Croatia
Information paper No.4
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Third EPR of the Republic of Moldova
Information paper No.5
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EPR of Morocco
Information paper No.6
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Item 9. Environmental monitoring, assessment and reporting
Guidelines for developing national strategies to use biodiversity monitoring as an environmental policy tool for countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as interested South-Easter European countries
ECE/CEP/2013/7 
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Report of WGEMA on its thirteenth session, November 2012
ECE/CEP/AC.10/2012/2
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Report of Joint Task Force on Environmental Indicators (JTFEI) on its fifth session, July 2012
ECE/CEP-CES/GE.1/2012/5
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Report of JTFEI on its sixth session, October-November 2012
ECE/CEP-CES/GE.1/2012/10
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Item 10. Cross-sectoral activities
(a) Education for sustainable development (ESD)
Report of the Steering Committee on ESD on its eighth meeting, March 2013
ECE/CEP/AC.13/2013/2
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(b) Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)
Report of the Steering Committee of THE PEP on its tenth session, November 2012
ECE/AC.21/SC/2012/9 - EUDCE1206040/1.9/SC10/9
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(c) Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)
Overview of ongoing contributions by the UNECE to ENVSEC
Information paper No.7/Rev.1
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(d) Environment and Health process
Report of the European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) to the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and to CEP
EUR/RC63/10
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Report on the European Environment and Health Process
Background document

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63 session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe: membership of WHO bodies and committees
EUR/RC63/7 Rev.1
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63rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe: resolution on governance
EUR/RC63/R7
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63 session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe: draft report of the session
EUR/RC63/REP 
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(e) Green building
Presentation by the UNECE secretariat---------
Item 11. Programme of work
Draft Strategic Framework 2016-2017: Environment subprogramme
Information paper No.12/Rev.1
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(a) Review of programme performance in the biennium 2012-2013
Biennial evaluation report of the Environment subprogramme for 2012–2013
ECE/CEP/2013/5 
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(b) Work in the biennium 2014-2015
Programme of work of the Environment subprogramme for the biennium 2014-2015
ECE/CEP/2013/3 
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Biennial evaluation plan of the Environment subprogramme for 2014–2015
ECE/CEP/2013/4 
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(c) Publications for the biennium 2014-2015
List of publications of the Environment subprogramme for 2014–2015
ECE/CEP/2013/6
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(d) Resource requirements and criteria for financial support
Overview of resources for activities relating to the Environment subprogramme
Information paper No.8
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Assessment of criteria for providing financial support for participation in meetings and events
ECE/CEP/2013/20 
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Criteria for financial support for participating in meetings and events for 2014
Information paper No.9
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(e) Mainstreaming a gender perspective into environmental activities
Presentation by the UNECE secretariat---------
Item 12. Rules of procedure of CEP
Draft rules of procedure of the Committee on Environmental Policy
ECE/CEP/2013/L.1 
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Item 13. Calendar of meetings 
Proposed schedule of meetings of CEP and its Bureau for the period of 2014-2016
Information paper No.10
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Item 14. Other business
Presentation by Sweden of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)---------
AOB that may be brought to the attention of CEP---------
Item 15. Closure of the meeting
List of CEP-19 decisions
In-session paper (as approved by CEP on 25 October 2013)
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Side events on the margins of the 19th session of CEP
SEIS in practice and the way forward in the pan-European region
Programme of the side-event (Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 1.15-2.45 p.m., salle XII, organized by EEA)
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Briefing on the First Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP
Programme of the side event (Thursday, 24 October 2013, 1.15-2.45 p.m., salle XII, organized by UNEP)
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UNEP's contribution to the post-2015 development agenda and update on the implementation of the 10 Years Framework of Programmes for SCP
Programme of the side event (Friday, 25 October 2013, 1.15-2.45 p.m., salle XII, organized by UNEP)
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Other documents relevant for the meeting

Report of CEP-18
ECE/CEP/2012/2 (Geneva, 17-20 April 2012)
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Preparation of the "Environment for Europe" mid-term review
ECE/CEP/2012/5
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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 and corrigendum 1)

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

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Chair's summary of the Astana Conference
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.2

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Report of the Astana Conference
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2

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Environmental Performance Review Programme: third cycle of reviews
ECE/CEP/S/2011/3
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Europe's Environment Assessment of Assessments: summary
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/8
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Europe's Environment Assessment of Assessments: full report
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Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/3

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Astana Water Action
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/5 
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Astana Water Action: actions by countries and organisations
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/INF/40/Rev.1 (as of 26 April 2013)

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Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the UNECE region: summary
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/9
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Second Assessment of Transboundary Rivers, Lakes and Groundwaters in the UNECE region: full report
ECE/MP.WAT/33
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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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"Green Bridge" Partnership Programme
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/6
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Astana “Green Bridge” Initiative
E/ESCAP/MCED(6)/13

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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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Co-Chairs' summary of the Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Rio+20 Conference
E/ECE/RPM/2011/2/Add.1

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

Responses received from Governments and other Environment for Europe stakeholders
(the responses below are posted in the way they were received from their author)
Austria ENG------

Azerbaijan

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BelgiumENG------

Bulgaria

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Croatia

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Czech Republic

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FinlandENG------
FranceENG------
GeorgiaENG------
GermanyENG------
GreeceENG------

Hungary

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IsraelENG------
ItalyENG------
Kazakhstan------RUS
Kyrgyzstan------RUS
Republic of Moldova------RUS
MonacoENG------
NetherlandsENG------
NorwayENG------
PolandENG------
RomaniaENG------
SlovakiaENG------
SloveniaENG------
SwedenENG------

Switzerland

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UkraineENG------

United States of America

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United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)ENG------
European Environment Agency (EEA)ENG------
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (Kazakhstan)ENG------
BIOTICA Ecological Society (Republic of Moldova)ENG------
Eco-Accord (Russian Federation)ENG------
International Environmental Association of River Keepers (Eco-TIRAS) (Republic of Moldova)ENG------
European ECO-Forum/ European Environmental Bureau (Belgium)ENG------
Green Liberty (Latvia)ENG------
Friends of Siberian Forests (Russian Federation)------RUS
Society for Sustainable Development (Czech Republic)ENG------
Union “Mountain Club ‘Zhabagly-Manas’” (Kazakhstan)------RUS

AWA survey

Responses received from AWA stakeholders
(the responses below are posted in the way they were received from their author)
Austria ENG------

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bulgaria

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Croatia

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Czech Republic

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EstoniaENG------

Georgia

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GermanyENG
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Hungary

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ItalyENG
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PortugalENG
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Republic of Moldova ENG------
RomaniaENG
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SerbiaENG
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Switzerland

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United States of America

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UNECEENG
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OECDENG------
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INBOENG
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Presentations

Presentations made at the 19th session of the Committee on Environmental Policy
Item 1. Opening of the meeting and adoption of the agenda

Opening statement
by the Executive Secretary of UNECE

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Items 5&6(a). Multilateral environmental agreements: strengthening national implementation and compliance; & the “Environment for Europe” mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes: multilateral environmental agreements

Towards enhanced cooperation of UNECE MEAs
made jointly by the Chair of the Bureau of the Industrial Accidents Convention & by the Chair of the Meeting of the Parties to the PRTR Protocol

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Assisting countries in joining and implementing the UNECE multilateral environmental agreements
by the UNECE secretariat
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MEAs’ activities related to strengthening national implementation and compliance
made jointly by the Chairs of UNECE MEAs and the secretariat
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Item 6(b). “Environment for Europe” mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes: Astana Water Action
Implementation of the Astana Water Action: fostering progress towards improved water management
by the UNECE secretariat
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Implementation of the Astana Water Action
by Switzerland
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Implementation of the Astana Water Action
by the Republic of Moldova
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Implementation of the Astana Water Action
by Estonia
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Implementation of the Astana Water Action
by Serbia
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Implementation of the Astana Water Action
by the International Network for Basin Organizations (INBO)
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Item 6(c). “Environment for Europe” mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes: Greening the economy
Greening the economy in the pan-European region: progress and future prospects
made jointly by UNEP and UNECE secretariats
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Greening the economy
by France
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Greening the economy
by Georgia
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Greening the economy: Green Bridge Partnership Programme
by Kazakhstan
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Greening the economy
by the European ECO Forum
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Item 6(d). “Environment for Europe” mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes: Environmental Performance Reviews
Environmental performance reviews: progress made in preparation for the third cycle
by the UNECE secretariat
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Item 6(e). Environmental Assessment and Reporting
A review of Shared Environment Information System-related developments with an impact on environmental assessment and reporting since the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
by EEA
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Item 6(f). “Environment for Europe” mid-term review of the Astana Conference main outcomes: Work of the EAP Task Force and the RECs
Progress since the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference within the framework of the Environmental Action Programme Task Force: promoting better policies and tools for water resources management and green growth
by the OECD secretariat of the EAP Task Force
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Regional Environmental Centres: promoting green economy and governance for sustainability
by the REC for Central and Eastern Europe
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Item 10(a). Cross-sectoral activities: education for sustainable development
Progress of work under the UNECE Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development
by the UNECE secretariat
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Item 10(b). Cross-sectoral activities: Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP)
THE PEP 2013 and towards the 4th High-Level Meeting
by the Chair of THE PEP Steering Committee
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Item 10(c). Cross-sectoral activities: Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC)
UNECE Activities in the framework of ENVSEC
by the UNECE secretariat
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Item 11(e). Programme of work: mainstreaming a gender perspective into environmental activities
Mainstreaming gender in environmental activities of UNECE: strategies and good practices
by the UNECE secretariat
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SEIS side event

SEIS in practice and the way forward in the pan-European region
(Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 1.15-2.45 p.m., salle XII, organized by EEA)

ProgrammeENG---RUS
SEIS cookbookENG---RUS
GeorgiaENG---RUS
KyrgyzstanENG---RUS
Republic of MoldovaENG------
The former Republic of MacedoniaENG---RUS