East European states are being trained by UNEP on ways in which the transition to a Green Economy can continue to take place in their countries.
Held today and tomorrow in Romania’s Presidential Palace, government, civil society and business representatives from 19 countries will attend the event to discuss existing and potential moves to support energy efficiency in buildings, green labelling and procurement and renewable energies for example.
The countries are expected to identify areas for future actions at both national and regional level. They will also share success stories and challenges thus far and come up with recommendations.
The meeting is being held under the 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP). Some 124 countries have already appointed national 10YFP focal points worldwide.
The programme aims to develop and replicate policies, tools and initiatives that promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) – synonymous with a Green Economy - eradicate poverty and decouple countries’ economic growth from environmental degradation.
Policies for supporting SCP in Eastern Europe can come under national strategies for sustainable development or the environment, as well as specific legislation such as on ecological areas.
This week’s event is organised together with Romania’s Ministry of Environment, Waters and Forests and sponsored by the European Commission and the Federal Office of the Environment of the Swiss Federation.
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