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Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference
Closing plenary of the Ministerial Conference

Highlights for Friday, 23 September 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE
 

On the last day of the Conference, delegates met in plenary session in the morning to discuss the theme greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development. Following the introductory remarks from session Chair Ruslan Bultrikov, Vice-Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan, participants listened to eight keynote addresses. Prime Minister Karim Massimov, Kazakhstan, met with Heads of delegations to the EfE Conference.

Delegates then convened in three parallel roundtables, all addressing the same issues, although bringing different perspectives: policies to achieve a green economy; resource efficiency to improve sustainability and competitiveness in local, regional and global markets; the role of research, innovation and investment in the transition towards a green economy; and the contributions of the EfE process to the development of the Rio+20 Green Economy outcomes.

In the afternoon plenary, chairs of the three thematic segments reported on the outcomes of the plenary and roundtable discussions of the past two days. Delegates adopted the Ministerial Declaration “Save water, grow green!” and the Astana Water Action. In the Ministerial Declaration, ministers agreed to take the lead in the transition to a green economy and to make a substantive contribution to the discussions on green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation at Rio+20. Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland, presented delegations that committed to the Astana Water Action with a seed and a teabag, both of sage, as appreciation for their commitment and encouragement for future implementation.

Chair Ashim gaveled the meeting to a close at 5:25pm.

 


Greening the Economy: Mainstreaming the Environment into
Economic Development
 
 
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L-R: Dais during the morning plenary session with Ruslan Bultrikov, Vice-Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan, and Monika Linn, Conference Secretary, UNECE
 

 

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Jochen Flasbarth, Germany
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Kamalitdin Sadikov, Uzbekistan
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Gerald Farthing, Deputy Minister of Education, Manitoba, Canada
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Milan Hovorka, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
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Martina Bianchini, The Dow Chemical Company
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Viera Feckova, International Finance Corporation, Kazakhstan
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Janis Brizga, European ECO Forum
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Roundtable 1
 
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L-R: Simone Hofner, UNECE; Stefan Speck, European Environmental Agency (EEA); Jacqueline McGlade, EEA; Angela Sochirca, UNECE; and Oksana Rott, UNECE
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John Matuszak, US
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Eva Eiderström, European ECO Forum
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Michael Scoullos, Global Water Partnership
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Adrian Balaci, Global Environmental and Social Business
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Roundtable 2
 
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L-R: Giovanni Gabassi, UNECE; Jan Dusik, UNEP, Roundtable moderator; Rie Tsutsumi, UNEP
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Massimo Cozzone, Italy
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Åsa-Britt Karlsson, Sweden
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Roundtable 3
 
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View of roundtable 3 in session
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Malak Shukurova, REC Caucasus
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Martine Rohn-Brossard, Switzerland
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Jesús Huertas, Spain
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Closing Plenary:
 
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L-R: Conference Chair Ashim; Monika Linn, Conference Secretary, UNECE; Session Chair László Borbély, Minister of Environment and Forests, Romania; and Session Chair Bruno Oberle, Switzerland
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Bedřich Moldan, Vice-Chair of the Preparatory Bureau for the Rio+20 Conference
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Tomáš Chalupa, Minister of Environment, Czech Republic

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Andrzej Kraszewski, Minister of Environment, Poland, on behalf of European Union and its Member States
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Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland recognized delegations committed to the Astana Water Action.
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Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the UNECE, giving his closing remarks.
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Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the UNECE, giving Monika Linn a token of appreciation for her work at UNECE.
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Conference Chair Nurgali Ashim, Minister of Environmental Protection, Kazakhstan, (center) gaveled the meeting to a close at 5:25pm.
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