June 10, 2016

Cleaner, Greener, Smarter

Georgia hosted the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on June 8-10, in Batumi. The three days Conference was organized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia.
Within the framework of the Ministerial, Georgia hosted about 600 delegates of 56 countries from ECE region, including high-level officials from the Governments, Ministers, as well as representatives of international organizations, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, the business community and other key stakeholders in the field of environment protection and education.
Mr. Gigla Agulashvili, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia and Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe have assumed the results of the Ministerial Conference. The Ministerial Declaration “Cleaner, Greener, Smarter” has been adopted by the end of the Conference.
“Environment for Europe” process is a special format of cooperation between UNECE member countries, UN organizations, intergovernmental organizations, regional environmental centers, non-governmental organizations, private sectors and other stakeholders. The EfE process and Ministerial Conferences are being held once in 3-5 years. This is a high-level platform that facilitates to the discussion of environmental issues among 56 countries, identify priority directions and conduct joint activities for
ensuring sustainable development.
The first “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, initiated by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Czechoslovakia, was held in 1991 in Dobris. Since then, seven Ministerial Conferences have been held in Lucerne (Switzerland, 1993), Sofia (Bulgaria, 1995), Aarhus (Denmark, 1998), Kiev (Ukraine, 2003), Belgrade (Serbia, 2007) and
Astana (Kazakhstan, 2011).