Conference Proceedings

The Fifth Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe” took important decisions in a wide-range of issues related to environment and sustainable development, including new international legal instruments, strategies, guidelines and major programmes. On the second day of the Conference, a special session between Ministers and environmental citizens’ organizations was held on the subject of environmental policy integration.

This section contains the Conference Proceedings, organized according to the agenda of the Conference. For each item there is included: a summary of the discussion, the official documents submitted for that item and the speeches that were delivered, as follows:

1. Official opening of the Conference

2. State of the Environment

3. Guidelines for strengthening compliance with and implementation of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs)

4. Extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention)

5. Second joint special session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes and the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents

6. Extraordinary meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention)

7. Environmental Partnerships in the UNECE Region

8. Plenary session and official ceremony for opening of signatures for the Carpathian Convention

9.Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy

10. Energy Initiatives

11. Education for sustainable development

12. Joint Round table between Ministers and Environmental Citizens’ Organizations

13. Development, priorities and perspectives of the "Environment for Europe" process