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Twenty-third session of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy

14 - 17 November 2017

Geneva

The twenty-third session of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy (CEP-23) is scheduled to take place in Geneva from 14 to 17 November 2017 (Palais des Nations, salle VII). Meeting documents are being made available on this webpage.

!!! The meeting aims to be a paperless event. Participants are encouraged to download the documents in electronic format. All documents for the meeting are being made available on this webpage. Please bring your laptops for working at the meeting. Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz) and therefore require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit. !!!

 

pre-session documents
Annotated provisional agenda for the meeting
ECE/CEP/2017/4 (PDF and Word)
ENGENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Outcomes of the work of the Bureau for the period February-July 2017
ECE/CEP/2017/6 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Role of CEP in supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda
ECE/CEP/2017/15 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Organizing the mid-term review of the main outcomes of the Batumi Conference
ECE/CEP/2017/16 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Lessons learned from the preparation, organization and conduct of the Batumi Conference
ECE/CEP/2017/17 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Role of EPRs in supporting the achievement and monitoring of SDGs in the pan-European region
ECE/CEP/2017/11 (PDF and Word)
ENGENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Renewal of the mandate and terms of reference of the Joint Task Force on Environmental Statistics and Indicators
ECE/CEP/2017/12 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Outline of activities leading up to 2021 of the Working Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
ECE/CEP/2017/13 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Modalities for the regional environmental information and assessment network of networks
ECE/CEP/2017/14 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Possible arrangements for a joint secretariat for the European Environment and Health Process
ECE/CEP/2017/18 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Programme of work of the Environment subprogramme for 2018-2019
ECE/CEP/2017/7 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Biennial performance report of the Environment subprogramme for 2016-2017
ECE/CEP/2017/8 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Biennial performance plan of the Environment subprogramme for 2018-2019
ECE/CEP/2017/9 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Draft proposed strategic framework of the Environment subprogramme for 2020-2021
ECE/CEP/2017/10 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
Draft terms of reference of CEP
ECE/CEP/2017/19 (PDF and Word)
ENGENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
post-session documents
Report of the meeting
ECE/CEP/2017/5
ENG/ ENGFRE/ FRERUS/ RUS
pre-session papers
Provisional time schedule of the 23rd session of CEP
Information paper No.1/Rev.1 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
EPR of Mongolia: recommendations
Information paper No.2 (PDF and Word) - REVISED VERSION
ENG/ ENG------
EPR of Mongolia
Draft review (PDF)
ENG------
Third EPR of Albania: recommendations
Information paper No.3 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
Third EPR of Albania
Draft review (PDF)
ENG------
Third EPR of Bosnia and Herzegovina: recommendations
Information paper No.4 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
Third EPR of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Draft review (PDF)
ENG------
UNECE activities in the framework of the Environment and Security Initiative
Information paper No.5 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
The Bureau of CEP
Information paper No.7/Rev.1 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
Proposed schedule of meetings of CEP and its Bureau for the period of 2017-2020
Information paper No.8 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
Statistical summary of responses received to the survey on the preparation, organization and running of the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference
Information paper No.9 (PDF)
ENG------
Overview of relevant documents and materials mapping the work of sectoral committees in support for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development
Information paper No.10 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
post-session papers
Summary of the outcomes of the 23rd session and the decisions taken
approved by the Committee on 17 November 2017 (PDF and Word)
ENG/ ENG------
List of participants
as at 20 November 2017 (PDF)
ENG------
Towards a Shared Environmental Information System: SEIS assessment framework for the mid-term review on assessing progress in establishing SEIS across the pan-European region
Draft of 9 November 2017 (PDF)
ENG------
Interim mapping of activities by international organizations in support of greening the economy in the pan-European region
as of 13 October 2017 (PDF)
ENG------
2017 Annual Meeting of the GREEN Action Task Force
26-27 October 2017, Almaty, Kazakhstan (link to website)
ENG---RUS
Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
13–15 June 2017, Ostrava, Czechia (link to website)
ENG------
Declaration of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
EURO/Ostrava2017/6 (PDF)
ENGFRERUS
Annex 1. Compendium of possible actions to advance the implementation of the Ostrava Declaration
EURO/Ostrava2017/7 (PDF)
ENGFRERUS
Annex 2. Institutional arrangements for the European Environment and Health Process
EURO/Ostrava2017/8 (PDF)
ENGFRERUS
Reaping the security benefits of greening the OSCE economies
A review for the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum concluding meeting, Prague, 6-8 September 2017 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: developments at the regional level
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Belgium
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Czechia
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Finland
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Kazakhstan
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Romania
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG & ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Sweden
agenda item 3 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Air Convention
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Water Convention
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Protocol on Water and Health
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Industrial Accidents Convention
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Espoo Convention & Protocol on SEA
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Aarhus Convention
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Agenda 2030: sharing of experience, Protocol on PRTRs
agenda item 4 (PDF)
ENG------
Environment for Europe: progress in promoting green economy
agenda item 5 (PDF)
ENG------
Environmental monitoring and assessment:  overview of WGEMA work since CEP-22 
agenda item 6 (PDF)
ENG---RUS
Environmental monitoring and assessment: network of networks, outline of activities and assessing progress in establishing SEIS 
agenda item 6 (PDF)
ENG------
Environmental monitoring and assessment: Joint Task Force work since CEP-22 
agenda item 6 (PDF)
ENG------
Environmental monitoring and assessment: UNECE statistical activities related to environment, climate change and SDGs 
agenda item 6 (PDF)
ENG------
Overview of activities under the EPR Programme 
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
EPR of Mongolia: results of the review  
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
EPR of Mongolia: key challenges to be addresses  
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
3rd EPR of Albania: results of the review  
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
3rd EPR of Bosnia and Herzegovina: results of the review  
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
3rd EPR of Bosnia and Herzegovina: key challenges to be addresses  
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
2nd EPR of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: implementation of recommendations
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
Integration of relevant SDGs into EPRs: first experiences and lessons for the future
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
SDGs in Bosnia and Herzegovina
agenda item 7 (PDF)
ENG------
THE PEP: highlights of 2017
agenda item 8(b) (PDF)
ENG------
EHP: main outcomes of Ostrava Conference and follow up activities
agenda item 8(c) (PDF)
ENG------
EHP: options for a possible joint secretariat
agenda item 8(c) (PDF)
ENG------
Green building: promoting sustainable buildings in the UNECE region
agenda item 8(e) (PDF)
ENG------
Mainstreaming gender into environmental activities:  an overview 
agenda item 9(a) (PDF)
ENG------
Mainstreaming gender into environmental activities: example of the work on equitable access to water and sanitation under the Protocol on Water and Health 
agenda item 9(a) (PDF)
ENG------
Preparations for UNEA-3 
agenda item 10 (PDF)
ENG------

Batumi Talk Show: 

Scoring SDGs through action on green economy and clean air

How can we galvanize support to green our economies?

What can we do to improve air quality?

Find out at the Batumi Talk Show and learn about two innovative initiatives

Date: 15 November 2017

Time: 3 – 4 p.m.

Venue: Salle VII

Detailed programme

Poster (English / French / Russian)

  BACKGROUND

At the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Batumi, Georgia, 8–10 June 2016), ministers endorsed the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy –– a tool supporting countries’ efforts in transitioning to the green economy and, at the same time, contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To make the Strategic Framework a reality, ministers also launched the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) that consists of voluntary commitments to operationalize the Strategic Framework until 2030. The Strategic Framework and BIG-E are serviced jointly by the UNECE, UNEP and GGKP. At present, 117 commitments have been submitted by 25 countries and 13 organizations. These commitments specify concrete actions for moving towards greener and more inclusive economic patterns. With regard to air quality, ministers reconfirmed their commitment to reduce air pollution and protect public health and ecosystems by endorsing the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air (BACA). Thus far, 27 countries and 4 organizations have submitted 108 voluntary commitments to this initiative. The BIG-E and BACA initiatives remain open for stakeholders to join. Countries are invited to announce their new commitments for greening the economy and cleaning the air in a talk show format.

  PURPOSE

Promoting the Batumi initiatives with the participation of countries that have joined them with a view to attract new countries and additional voluntary commitments for greening the economy and cleaning the air, and advance the achievements of SDGs.

  PROGRAMME

- Opening of the event and brief introduction of BIG-E and BACA initiatives
- Short video on green economy and clean air 
- Discussion between the hosts and the guests of the Batumi Talk Show
- Representatives from countries and organizations participating in the discussion and present in the room are invited to join the initiatives and announce new commitments for greening the economy and cleaning the air
- Group photo
- Closing of the event

GUESTS OF TALK SHOW

Belarus, Czechia, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine

  HOSTS OF TALK SHOW

Marco Keiner, Director, Environment Division, UNECE, and Jan Dusik, Regional Director, UNEP 

  ORGANIZING PARTNERS

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)

The environmental dimension of the Belt and Road Initiative: opportunities & challenges

Date: 14 November 2017

Time: 1.15 – 2.45 p.m.

Venue: Salle VII

Detailed programme

Chair: Ms. Martine Rohn-Brossard, Head of Section Europe, Trade and Development, Deputy Head of International Affairs Division, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, and CEP Bureau member

Programme:

1. Belt and Road Initiative: overview, key developments and milestones

2. The environmental dimension of the Belt and Road Initiative: opportunities and challenges 

- Relevance of environmental legal and policy instruments in the region 

- Belt and Road Initiative: key outcomes from discussion by the GREEN Action Task Force 

- Moderated discussion exchanging information, experiences and good practices with the participation of countries and other stakeholders 

3. Questions & answers

- Interactive discussion between participants in the side event and panelists

Speakers:

Mr. Fulai Sheng, Senior Economist, UN Environment; Mr. Marco Keiner, Director of Environment Division, UNECE; Mr. Jurgen Keinhorst, Co-Chair of the GREEN Action Task Force, Germany

Panellists:

Representatives of countries and organizations interested to share their experience: Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, European Investment Bank and the European ECO-Forum 

CAREC's key messages regarding the Belt and Road Initiative 

Organizers: the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

 

The event is in English and Russian, with the support of Norwegian funding to UN Environment.

GREENING ECONOMIES IN THE EASTERN NEIGHBOURHOOD: FROM COMMITMENT TO RESULTS

Date: 15 November 2017

Time: 1.15 – 2.45 p.m.

Venue: Salle VII

Detailed programme (En / Ru)

Objectives

The “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) project, launched in 2013 and funded by the European Union, has been an important means to support the six EaP countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine) to progress faster towards a green economy through better management of natural capital in a context of higher economic productivity and competitiveness.

The side event at CEP-23 will highlight, in an interactive way, selected outcomes of the Project and their contribution to greening the economies in the EaP countries.

Agenda

1. Welcome and key features of the EaP GREEN

Ms Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, European Commission

Mr. Krzysztof Michalak, OECD

2. EaP GREEN interactive quiz with all the participants (awards envisaged for the winners)

3. Highlights of selected EaP GREEN results (introductions will be followed by the interventions from the floor) 

i. Green economy policy planning: Ms. Rie Tsutsumi, UN Environment

ii. Green finance: Mr. Krzysztof Michalak, OECD

iii. Strategic Environmental Assessment/Environmental Impact Assessment: Mr. Martin Smutny, UNECE  

iv. Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production: Ms. Carolina Gonzalez-Mueller, UNIDO

v. Organic farming: Ms. Rie Tsutsumi and Ms. Nina Schneider, UN Environment

4. Summary and closure

Ms. Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, European Commission

Background reading

Web-site: http://www.green-economies-eap.org/

EaP GREEN project brochure: From Commitment to Results

The side-event is co-organized by four EaP GREEN implementing partners: OECD, UNECE, UN Environment and UNIDO and is funded by the European Union

English-Russian interpretation will be provided.

For further information please contact: Krzysztof Michalak and Irina Belkahia.

All delegates attending the special session are requested to register on-line (if you do not have yet a user account with the UNECE on-line registration tool, you will need to open an account) preferably before 16 October 2017 and no later than 30 October 2017.

On their way to the meeting, delegates should obtain an identification badge at the Pass and Identification Unit of the United Nations Office at Geneva’s Security and Safety Section, located at the Pregny Gate, 14, Avenue de la Paix (see map). It will be necessary to present your passport or identity card and the printed registration form. In case of difficulty, please contact the secretariat (Ms. Maricar De La Cruz) by telephone at +41 22 917 2682.

Practical Information for the delegates