Highlights for Thursday, 11 October 2007
The Sixth Ministerial conference “Environment for Europe” convened for its second day on Thursday, 11 October 2007, in Belgrade, Serbia. Prior to the morning session, ministers attended a tree-planting ceremony in Friendship Park, New Belgrade. In the morning plenary, delegates addressed capacity building and considered progress and perspectives in implementation of the environment strategy for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova, chaired the early morning session, and keynote addresses were delivered by the Co-chairs of the Task Force for the Implementation of the Environmental Action Programme for Central and Eastern Europe. Delegates also heard presentations on the Central Asia Initiative for Sustainable Development and South-East European perspectives in a late morning session chaired by Saŝa Dragin, Minister of Environmental Protection, Serbia.
During the afternoon plenary, delegates considered the issue of partnerships. On the topic “Environmental Policy and International Competitiveness: can we afford a better environment?,” Marek Bleka, Executive Secretary, UNECE, presented key findings regarding a report on challenges for low-income countries in the UNECE region. Delegates then turned their attention to environmental finance and partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes in a session chaired by Marta Bonifert, Executive Director, REC-CEE. Brigita Schmögnerová, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), delivered the keynote address and advocated for public/private partnerships and structured funding. In the late afternoon Bonifert convened a roundtable on partnerships and delegates heard presentations by representatives from governments, civil society, business, international organizations and NGOs.
In the evening ministers, ambassadors and heads of delegations enjoyed a reception hosted by Minister Saŝa Dragin.
Session Chair Constantin Mihailescu, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Moldova, during his introductory remarks
Lorents Lorentsen, Director of the Environment Directorate, OECD, made a presentation on the report assessing progress in implementing the Environmental Strategy for countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
Alzhan Braliev, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan, on behalf of Nurlan Iskakov, Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan
Soledad Blanco, Director of International Affairs, Environment Directorate-General, EC
Aram Hatutyunyan, Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia
Rut Bízkova, Deputy Minister of the Environment, the Czech Republic
Michael Müller, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Michael Kozeltsev, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center (REC) for the Russian Federation
Olga Ponizova, Executive Director, ECO-Accord, Russian Federation, European ECO-Forum
Helen Oddveig Bjørnøy, Minister of Environment, Norway
Arstanbek Davletkeldiev, Director of the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry Kyrgyszstan
Åsa-Brit Karlsson, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden
Daniel Reifsnyder, State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US
Jonathan Krueger, UNITAR
Karine Siegwart, Switzerland
Oleg Pecheniuk, European ECO-Forum
Arstanbek Davletkeldiev, Director of the State Agency on Environmental Protection and Forestry, Kyrgyszstan, made a presentation on the implementation of the Central Asia Initiative on Sustainable Development.
South-East European perspectives
Conference Chair Saŝa Dragin, Minister of Environmental Protection, Serbia
Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretaty-General, during the main keynote address
Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister for the Environment, Italy
Pedrag Nenezić, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Montenegro
Nikola Ružinski, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Croatia
Lufter Xhuveli, Minister of Environment, Forests and Water Administration, Albania
Corrado Clini, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the REC for Central and Eastern Europe
Environmental policy and international competitiveness: can we afford a better environment?
Bruno Oberle, State Secretary, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland, chaired the session.
Arunas Kundortas, Minister of Environment, Lithuania
Shigeo Katsu, Vice-President, the World Bank, talked about integration of environmental considerations into economic development.
John Hontelez, Secretary General, European Environmental Bureau
Suzana Đorđeviċ, Ministry of the Environment, Serbia
Environmental finance and partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes
Marta Bonifert, Executive Director, REC-CEE, chaired the late afternoon plenary session and the roundtable.
Dais during the roundtable discussion on partnerships to support the implementation of environmental policies and programmes.
Side Events participants during lunch break
The Sixth Environment for Europe conference is a carbon neutral event
Participants checking IISD's web site
All type of camera is allowed at EfE-Belgrade 2007