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2011 Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to Address Green Economy

2011 Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to Address Green Economy27 October 2009: The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, to be held in autumn 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan, will have two themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.”

Under the second theme, discussions will focus on carbon emission reductions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations.

The “Environment for Europe” process and its Ministerial Conferences provide a forum for governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and other stakeholders to discuss environmental priorities across the 56 member countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. The themes were selected by the Committee on Environmental Policy of the UNECE, which met on 20-23 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. [UNECE press release]