The “Environment for Europe” Process is a unique partnership of member States within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, organisations of the United Nations system represented in the region, other intergovernmental organisations, regional environment centres, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and other major groups. The “Environment for Europe” process and its Ministerial Conferences provide a high-level platform for stakeholders to discuss, decide and join efforts in addressing environmental priorities across the 56 countries of the UNECE region.
The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference is scheduled to take place in Astana (Kazakhstan) from 21 to 23 September 2011. The Conference is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. The UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy is the convening body for the preparatory process.
In October 2009, the Committee decided on the two main themes for the Conference: Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems; and Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.
UNEP is working actively to boost the process:
UNEP actively participates in the Environment for Europe Process led by the UNECE and is jointly preparing a background paper on the Green Economy that will be developed for the Seventh Ministerial Conference to take place in Astana (Kazakhstan) on 21-23 September 2011. In this regard, UNEP is collecting examples of best practices and case studies on the Green Economy in the UNECE region.
ROE also maintains the press informed through regular press briefings, media trainings, etc.