This page presents information on the Extraordinary meeting (including speeches), SEA side event and Ministerial Declaration at the Kyiv Ministerial "Environment for Europe" Conference.
The Convention also featured at the "Environment for Europe" Belgrade Conference (2007)
Draft resolution on the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment
Resolution on the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment
Draft Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment
Report, see paragraphs 24-29 of the Report of the fifth Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe"
'Environment for Europe' homepage
Chair: Mr. Bozo Kovacevic (Croatia), Environment Minister
|Mr. Terje Lind (Norway), Chair of the Working Group on Strategic Environmental Assessment||ENG||-||-|
|Mr. Borge Brende (Norway), Minister of Environment||ENG||-||-|
|Ms. Aitkul Samakova (Kazakhstan), Minister of Environment||-||-||RUS|
|Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett MP (United Kingdom), Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||ENG||-||-|
|Dr. Svitlana Kravchenko (Ukraine), Coordinator of ECO-Ecopravo-Lyiv||ENG||-||-|
|Mr. Roberto Bertollini (WHO/EURO), Director, Division of Technical Support, Health Determinants, World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe||ENG||-||-|
|Mr. Petru Lificiu (Romania), Minister of Water and Environmental Protection||ENG||-||-|
|Mr. Corrado Clini (Italy), Director General, International Environmental Cooperation, Ministry of Environment||ENG||-||-|
|Mr. Charles Goerens (Luxembourg), Minister of Environment||-||FRE||-|
|Toni Popovski (REC), Executive Director, Regional Environment Centre for Central and Eastern Europe||ENG||-||-|
|H.E. Ljubomir Janev (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Minister of Environment and Physical Planning||ENG||-||-|
|Tomáš Novotný (Czech Republic), Deputy Minister of the Ministry of the Environment||ENG||-||-|
|H.E. Ms Vasso Papandreou (Greece), Minister for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works of the Hellenic Republic on behalf of the European Union and the Acceding countries||ENG||-||-|
The Declaration by the Ministers of Environment of the UNECE region stated with respect to Strategic Environmental Assessment that:
33. We recognize the importance of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in the region, which offers a way to assess the impact of plans and programmes on a broad scale and facilitates timely environmental assessment of specific actions that have been addressed at the programmatic level. We invite all countries in the region to consider adopting, if they have not already done so, domestic procedures for the preparation of environmental assessment documents that can address plans and programmes.
34. In this regard, we, the Ministers and Heads of delegation of States adopting and signing the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, welcome it. This Protocol underlines the crosssectoral approach by integrating environmental, including health, considerations into the preparation and adoption of plans, programmes, and, to the extent appropriate, policies and legislation and thus further contributes to sustainable development. We invite all interested UNECE States to sign this Protocol and to work actively for its ratification and implementation. We recognize the close cooperation between the governing bodies of the Espoo and Aarhus Conventions and the active participation of the health sector and NGOs in the negotiations of the Protocol on SEA, and we encourage these organizations to support its imple mentation. We also invite all interested UNECE States that have not yet ratified or acceded to the Espoo Convention to do so at the earliest opportunity.
|Declaration by the Ministers of Environment of the UNECE region||ENG|
In the extraordinary meeting of the Parties, an SEA side event was held on 22 May 2003 at the Kyiv Ministerial Conference "Environment for Europe": Towards Rapid Implementation of the Kyiv SEA Protocol. It was organised by REC Szentedre, UNECE Secretariat to the Espoo Convention, UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS, and UNEP Economics & Trade Branch. The side event aimed to support rapid implementation of the SEA Protocol by discussing the effectiveness of different SEA capacity building strategies. The side event presented experience from previous SEA capacity building and discussed opportunities for transfer of relevant experience to the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region. See also the REC webpage on the event.