"Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference - OECD Contribution
Environment Ministers from 55 countries from Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia accepted the invitation of the Ukrainian Prime Minister to meet in Kyiv from 21st to 23rd May at the fifth of a series of Ministerial Conferences held as part of the "Environment for Europe" process. The Ministerial meeting in Kiev set the agenda for environmental policies and cooperation in the region in the coming years.
The Deputy Secretary General Ms. Berglind ÁSGEIRSDÓTTIR led the OECD delegation which brought to the Ministers the results of the last three years' programme of co-operation with the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA). This co-operation, carried out within the framework of the EAP Task Force, has focused on developing more effective instruments for environmental policies and better enforcement, strengthening countries capacities and developing tools for environmental finance and strengthening operation and performance of water supply and sanitation sector.
The Kiev Ministerial meeting determined the future work programme to be carried out in the areas of work currently covered by the Task Force to support the proposed "Environmental Partnership: Environmental Strategy for EECCA countries". The activities proposed in the area of urban water sector reform would also support implementation of the EU Global Water Initiative.
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