We are pleased to invite you to The Fourteenth Regional Conference ”Environment to Europe – EnE18‘‘, which will be held on June 5th 2018 in Belgrade (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia). Conference is UN WED (World Environmental Day) and ESDW (European Sustainable Development Week) event. On the World Environment Day 2018 , the UN is expected to give emphasis on the fact that individual actions to preserve the nature can actually help in sustaining a green environment and to understand why forests are important.
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development in partnership with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia organize The Fourteenth Regional Conference ”Environment to Europe – EnE18”. Thematic area this year is Nature protection – Nature-Responsive Development
Nature protection is highly ranked on the list of priorities of the United Nations (Sustainable Development Goal 15 and UN Decade on Biodiversity by 2020), the European Union (NATURA 2000) and all countries that strive to preserve natural values, biodiversity, geodiversity have to develop with responsibility to nature. The goal of the UN Decade on Biodiversity is to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity and to promote its overall vision of living in harmony with nature. UN SDG 15 refers to the protection, restoration and promotion of sustainable ecosystems use, sustainable forests management, combating desertification and preventing land degradation and biodiversity loss. In response to the threat to nature and biodiversity, the EU has formed a wide European network of protected natural areas, known as NATURA 2000. It covers over 18% of the EU territory, ensuring long-term survival of the most valuable and threatened species and habitats in Europe. Candidate countries and potential candidates for membership in the European Union are facing a great challenge to protect nature and implement a development responsive to nature.
The aim of the EnE18 Conference is to highlight the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development in the context of the protection of nature. The Conference is an opportunity for representatives of state institutions, professional, consultative, educational and scientific institutions, managers of protected areas, civil sector, to present current topics in the field of nature protection.
Traditionally, within the Conference every year we have a significant number of participants from Serbia and abroad, the participation of over 150 authors and co-authors of papers who published in the CD Proceedings of the Conference, as well as participants without paper.
We firmly believe that your scientific/research results/consultancy/views and experience will substantially help a better understanding of these fields. Being aware of the necessity of a close cooperation between science and practice, we invite you to take active participation in the Conference Environment to Europe – EnE18, either by preparing and presenting your paper or by contributing as an auditor and participant.
Application forms (with or without paper) should be sent by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Focus themes on WED through years:
- Theme of the year 2017 – “Join the race to make the world a better place”.
- Theme of the year 2015 – “One World, One Environment”.
- Theme of the year 2014 – “small island developing states” or “SIDS” and “Raise your voice, not the sea level”.
- Theme of the year 2013 – “Think. Eat. Save.” And slogan – “Reduce Your Foodprint”.
- Theme of the year 2012 – “Green Economy: Does it include you?”.
- Theme of the year 2011 – “Forests: Nature at your Service”.
- Theme of the year 2010 – “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”.
- Theme of the year 2009 – “Your Planet Needs You – Unite to Combat Climate Change”.
- Theme and slogan of the year 2008 – “CO2, Kick the Habit – Towards a Low Carbon Economy”.
- Theme of the year 2007 – “Melting Ice – a Hot Topic?”.
- Theme of the year 2006 – “Deserts and Desertification” and slogan – “Don’t Desert Drylands!.”
- Theme of the year 2005 – “Green Cities” and slogan – “Plan for the Planet!”.
- Theme of the year 2004 – “Wanted! Seas and Oceans” and slogan – “Dead or Alive?”.
- Theme of the year 2003 – “Water” and slogan – “Two Billion People are Dying for It!”.
- Theme of the year 2002 – “Give Earth a Chance”.
- Theme of the year 2001 – “Connect with the World Wide Web of Life”.
- Theme of the year 2000 – “The Environment Millennium” and slogan – “Time to Act”.
- Theme of the year 1999 – “Our Earth – Our Future” and slogan – “Just Save It!”.
- Theme of the year 1998 – “For Life on Earth and slogan – “Save Our Seas”.
- Theme of the year 1997 – “For Life on Earth”.
- Theme of the year 1996 – “Our Earth, Our Habitat, Our Home”.
- Theme of the year 1995 – “We the Peoples: United for the Global Environment”.
- Theme of the year 1994 – “One Earth One Family”.
- Theme of the year 1993 – “Poverty and the Environment and slogan – “Breaking the Vicious Circle”.
- Theme of the year 1992 – “Only One Earth, Care and Share”.
- Theme of the year 1991 – “Climate Change. Need for Global Partnership”.
- Theme of the year 1990 – “Children and the Environment”.
- Theme of the year 1989 – “Global Warming; Global Warning”.
- Theme of the year 1988 – “When People Put the Environment First, Development Will Last”.
- Theme of the year 1987 – “Environment and Shelter: More Than A Roof”.
- Theme of the year 1986 – “A Tree for Peace”.
- Theme of the year 1985 – “Youth: Population and the Environment”.
After 5 years of activity, the ENV-net today, counts for a member in each Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance country, this includes two newly joined organisations from Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina which co-operate with the network since 2016. The network is supported by partners in Italy – punto.sud and Belgium – European Environmental Bureau – EEB, both bringing to the network experience and best practices from two EU member states, as well as the possibility to align with similar ongoing initiatives within the EU.
Why ENV-net factoring the environmental portfolio for Western Balkans and Turkey in the EU Policy Agenda?
Recent natural occurrences such as repeated massive floods, and the EU accession obligations the Western Balkans and Turkey region must fulfil, highlight the immediacy of action required in the field of climate change and environmental protection.
For it to be effective, such action requires a solid pan-regional commitment in monitoring, advocating and awareness raising in home countries and engagement in policy- discussions at EU level. It also requires well-established and qualified civil society and media actors to generate positive pressure on the relevant institutions, and keep the citizens informed in a way that is accessible and actionable.
Studies show that, despite efforts made in this regard, the Western Balkan and Turkey region faces a number of challenges impeding progress, such as: limited local buy-in of the reforms, conflicting legislation, lack of a critical mass that can monitor developments and exert pressure on policy-makers, weak dialogue with institutions, poor understanding and coverage of climate change and environmental news, and very sparse resonance with current EU environment-related discussions such as circular economy aspects.
In response to these needs, ENV-net, as a proven regional network and advocacy actor, in the forthcoming three years will work on improving evidence-based policy-making and policy-influencing on climate change and environmental legislation in each of the ENV.net partner countries.
The network focus will be to generate region-representative evidence-supported input to contribute to EU discussions on matters of climate change and environment, and to explore and introduce to the region new inter-related aspects such as circular economy.
In the process, the network foresees to also technically and financially support civil society organisations and media in each of the network partner countries, to better understand and work on these issues.
The action is supported by the European Commission through the programme for Consolidating Regional Thematic Networks of Civil Society Organisations
ENV.net team is inviting you to follow and join efforts. Stay tuned!
EASD team , from January 1,2018 will follow activities through SDGs lenses:SD GOAL 1 – No Poverty SD GOAL 2 – Zero Hunger SD GOAL 3 – Good Health and Well-Being SD GOAL 4- Quality Education SD GOAL 5 – Gender Equality SD GOAL 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation SD GOAL 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy SD GOAL 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth SD GOAL 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure SD GOAL 10 – Reduced Inequalities SD GOAL 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities SD GOAL 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production SD GOAL 13 – Climate Action SD GOAL 14 – Life below Water SD GOAL 15 – Life on Land SD GOAL 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions SD GOAL 17 – Partnerships for the Goals
In addition, we are following our activities as UN Environment TOPICS:AIR CHEMICALS AND WASTE CLIMATE CHANGE EDUCATION AND TRAINING ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE FORESTS GREEN ECONOMY RESOURSE EFFICIENCY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS WATER SCIENCE, INNOVATION ENVIRONMENT UNDER REVIEW ( ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT).
The goal of this activities categorisation is EASD strategic planning of activities in future. It is also lesson learned after EASD representative participation at UNEA3 in Nairobi.
The Thirteenth Regional Conference – EnE17 Environment to Europe was successful UN Environment WED and ESDW event. Traditionally, this Conference was organized by professional association “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” and Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia.
Especially interested was Panel on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (panelists are: Prof. dr Vladimir Đurđević, Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade ; Prof. dr Aleksandar Jovović, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade; Prim. mr sci. med. Branislava Matić, Head of Unit for Human Ecology and School Hygiene at Institute of Public health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”; Nataša Đokić, Head of Department for planning projects at City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Environmental Protection; MSc Izabel Airas, Advisor for circular economy, Center for Circular Economy, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia; prof. dr Anđelka Mihajlov (Member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, responsible for climate changes in Chapter 27); Panel was moderated by Milica Momcilovic.
EnE17 was opened with introductory speeches by Goran Trivan, Secretary for Environmental Protection of the City of Belgrade with strong and clear message where it is and how it should develop the sector of environment and climate change in the Republic of Serbia, Päivi Alatalo, Deputy Head of the Mission, Embassy of Finland, Belgrade, Stanojla Mandic, Deputy Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Serbia, Zoran Vujovic, Vicepresident, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, PhD Mirjana Drenovak Ivanovic, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, responsible for specific sectors of Chapter 27, MSc Dusan Stokic, Co-organizer of the EnE17 Conference, Director of the Centre for Environmental Protection, Standards and Technical Regulation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and PhD Dunja Prokic, the EnE17 Conference Chair person, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development. Conference was attended by representatives from government and non-government sectors, international organizations, scientific and educational institutions.
Conference participants (about 100 registered participants) were united in: education on climate change is very important in order to be able to mitigate the consequences of climate change and to adapt to them. Key role should have educational institutions to prepare and implement multidisciplinary programs tailored to different educational institutions and different age categories. Education on climate change requires professionals who will work with young people, so young people will be prepared to make the right decisions in the future. Participants in the discussion have tried to provide answers to questions on how to be more effective in environmental protection and responsive to nature.
The Conference awarded prizes for the best Young Reporters for the Environmnet (YRE), who took part in the competition, “Saving resources, do not throw, recycle!” The competition is organized in the framework of the FEE International Young Reporters for the Environmnet, implemented in Serbia by a professional association “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” with RECAN Foundation support. Prizes are awarded MSc Aleksandra Mladenovic, Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development president, MSc Milena Tabasevic, coordinator of the Young Reporters for the Environment in Serbia and Jelena Kis, manager of the RECAN Foundation for recycling beverage cans.
The Thirteenth Regional Conference – EnE17
Environment to Europe
Belgrade, Serbia, June 5, 2017
Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
UNEP World Environment Day – WED event
European Sustainable Development Week, ESDW event
5. jun June 5th
|Velika sala u PKS, II sprat, Terazije 23, Beograd||Main Hall, 2nd floor – Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Terazije 23, Belgrade|
9:00 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:40 Opening remarks
Confirmed / Potvrdili
- Goran Trivan, Secretary for Environmental Protection of the City of Belgrade / Sekretar za zaštitu životne sredine Grada Beograda
- Päivi Alatalo, Deputy Head of the Mission, Embassy of Finland, Belgrade / Zamenik šefa misije Ambasade Finske u Beogradu
- Rodolјub Šabić,The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data / Poverenik za informacije od javnog značaja i zaštitu podataka o ličnosti Vlade Srbije
- Representative, Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia / Predstavnik Zavoda za zaštitu prirode Srbije
- Zoran Vujović, Vicepresident, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia / Potpredsednik Privredne komore Srbije
- dr Mirjana Drenovak Ivanović, Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade (and Member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, responsible for specific sectors of Chapter 27 ) / Pravni fakultet Univerziteta u Beogradu ( i član Pregovaračkog tima za vođenje pregovora o pristupanju Republike Srbije Evropskoj uniji Vlade Republike Srbije zadužena za određene sektore poglavlja 27)
- mr Dusan Stokić, Co-organizer of the EnE17 Conference, Director of the Centre for Environmental Protection, Standards and Technical Regulation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia / suorganizator EnE17 Konferencije, Direktor Centra za zaštitu životne sredine, standarde i tehničke propise, Privredna komora Srbije
- dr Dunja Prokić, the EnE17 Conference Chair person, Environmental Ambassador for Sustainable Development / predsedavajuća EnE17 Konferencije, Ambasadorka održivog razvoja i životne sredine
Note : The Conference will be opened by Mr. Goran Trivan, Secretary for Environmental Protection of the City of Belgrade.
10:50 -11:00 Technical Break / Tehnička pauza
11:00 -12:30 Panel on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development
Moderator: Milica Momčilović, journalist
Prof. dr Vladimir Đurđević, Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade
Prof. dr Aleksandar Jovović, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade
Prim. mr sci. med. Branislava Matić, Head of Unit for Human Ecology and School Hygiene at Institute of Public health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut”
Nataša Đokić, Head of Department for planning projects at City of Belgrade, Secretariat for Environmental Protection
MSc Izabel Airas, Advisor for circular economy, Center for Circular Economy, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia
prof. dr Anđelka Mihajlov (Member of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Negotiating Team for the Accession of the Republic of Serbia to the EU, responsible for climate changes in Chapter 27 )
12:30 -13:00 Awards for the best Young Reporters for the Environmnet (YRE) in 2017
17:00 Conference closing
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has recently published its final report on Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs. This report is the result of over 18 months of consultations led by the SDSN with the contributions of nearly 500 organizations and thousands of individuals – draft versions of the report have so far been downloaded over 80000 times.The report outlines a tiered monitoring framework at the national, global, regional, and thematic levels, and presents a concise set of 100 Global Monitoring Indicators. This limited number of indicators can comprehensively track all 169 OWG targets while balancing countries’ capacities and domestic monitoring commitments. This report is a contribution to the ongoing post-2015 processes, including the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDGs (IEAG-SDGs).
One more publication , as the outreach in Rio+20 process is 2015 Food Security Report, with key findings : - For the world as a whole, the MDG 1 indicators for prevalence of undernourishment and underweight children under 5 years of age have largely moved in parallel, providing a consistent message regarding achievement of the hunger target; – Underweight in children is expected to decline less rapidly than undernourishment, given that better hygiene conditions, access to clean water and more varied diets usually require more investment and more time to materialize than enhanced availability of calories: – Despite showing rapid reduction, Southern Asia is the region with the highest historical prevalence of underweight children among the developing regions; – In sub-Saharan Africa, there has been limited progress in reducing both undernourishment and child underweight; – Economic growth is necessary for sustaining progress in efforts to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition. But it is not sufficient; - Inclusive growth – growth that provides opportunities for those with meagre assets, skills and opportunities – improves the incomes and livelihoods of the poor, and is effective in the fight against hunger and malnutrition; – Improving the productivity of resources held by family farmers and smallholders is, in most cases, an essential element of inclusive growth and has broad implications for the livelihoods of the rural poor and for the rural economy in general; - In many situations, international trade openness has an important potential for improving food security and nutrition by increasing food availability and for promoting investment and growth; - Social protection directly contributes to the reduction of hunger and malnutrition by promoting income security and access to better nutrition, healthcare and education; - Prevalence of food insecurity and malnutrition is significantly higher in protracted crisis contexts resulting from conflict and natural disasters. For more information
With today’s Green Key certification at the Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel in Belgrade, Serbia gets its first hotel with the Green Key eco-label. Over 250 properties of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the largest hotel companies worldwide, are already eco-labelled. Rezidor hotels in Germany, France, Turkey, Finland, Netherlands, Nordic countries, Baltic States and the Middle East are certified with the Green Key.
Since 2010, the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has been successfully collaborating with the Foundation for Environmental Education, the international charity in charge of the management of the Green Key, with a long-term agreement currently in place until 2018. Rezidor’s ambition is that all its hotels in the Middle East, Europe and Africa should be eco-labelled by 2015, and Green Key is one of the preferred eco-labels for the hotel chain due to its high credibility. Each hotel is thoroughly audited before a Green Key is awarded.
During today’s official ceremony the International Green Key Programme Director, Finn Bolding Thomsen, has handed over the certificate to Thomas Swieca, General Manager at Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel, Belgrade. “As a global and still growing company, sustainable economy is a principle we are focusing on. With the eco-label Green Key we confirm our company’s own responsible business program and make another consistent step which will have a positive impact on the environment,” Thomas Swieca explained.
Finn Bolding Thomsen was pleased to present the certificate on this special occasion: “Green Key is today one of the world’s largest eco-labels for the tourism industry with more than 2,300 sites in 48 countries having joined the program. It is a great honor to give the Green Key certificate to the Radisson Blu Old Mill Hotel as the first certified hotel in Serbia”. More…..
- Dignity: to end poverty and fight inequalities
- People: to ensure healthy lives, knowledge, and inclusion of women and children
- Prosperity: to grow a strong, inclusive and transformative economy
- Planet: to protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children
- Justice: to promote safe and peaceful societies, and strong institutions
- Partnership: to catalyze global solidarity for sustainable development.
It is interesting also to look at flows of funds from international and national financing sources to sustainable development.
Prof dr. Anđelka Mihajlov, Environmental Ambassador for Sustainable Development, is a Full Professor at Faculty of Technical Sciences, the University of Novi Sad and Coordinator for environment and green economy at the Public Policy Institute. UN and EU expert, scientist and consultant. She has more than 300 published scientific papers. In last 20 years, her frameworks of the professional orientation are the environment and sustainable development.
European Western Balkans: What are in your opinion, the biggest ecological problems in Serbia?
Andjelka Mihajlov: The decades in which values and prosperity were/is created based on the principles of traditional economic models not managed to change ever-growing excessive consumption of natural resources and to fight marginalization of environmental issues. This is diagnosis for all over the Western Balkan region. My opinion is, that despite some good and very good snapshots and flagship cases relevant for environment sector, the highest environmental problem in Serbia, as well as in all countries in region, is “position” of sector in agenda of development: not among priorities and priority concerns.
EWB: Serbia expects one of the most difficult chapters in the negotiations with the EU, Chapter 27 relating the environment. In what extent is Serbia preparing for the opening of this chapter?
Serbia is having now 14 years of commitment to EU membership. In environmental sector it was, and it is a great challenge, especially having in mind “grey and brown environmental heritage”. In the frame of these more than ten years of actions, I could tell that improvement is respectable. However, a lot of issues remain unsolved.
In 2012 Serbia became a candidate for EU membership, and on 21st of January 2014 officially opened accession negotiations. Environmental negotiation process in Serbia started with Explanatory screening in September 2014, and followed with bilateral screening in November 2014. Screening report is expected by EC sometimes in 2015. Progress towards EU in the sector Environment (and Climate Change) vary from limited progress (2005), to moderate advanced (2006), little progress (2007, 2008, 2013,2014), some progress (2012), progressed well (2011), the establishment of ambitious legislative program (2002-2004), and to good progress (2009,2010).
And coming back to the question, Serbia is prepared and preparing to open negotiation in Chapter 27, with strong message from my side: it is crucially important to include people/experts with appropriate knowledge, skills and experience, as well as to effective coordinate actions with other sectors.
EWB: What will pose as a major challenge in this chapter?
AM: One of the main challenge is to harmonize socio-economic development with EU’s Resources-Efficient and Low-Carbon Policies and to implement in national legislation, already transposited EU environmental acquis at large extend.
I would like to underline a few national strategic documents: Strategy towards EU accession (2005), National Environmental Program (2010), with Action Plan (2014/15) and the 2011 National Environmental Approximation Strategy. The last one sets three goals: full and high quality transposition of the EU environmental acquis; maintenance of effective and affordable environmental infrastructure and services; and institutional arrangements for efficient approximation.
EWB: How much are events such as IV International Miteco Forum important in this process?
AM: I should acknowledge the intention of the Miteco Forum to bring professionals and experts to the floor, together with governmental official, international organization representatives and all interested in subject. I am very happy that I had opportunity to share reflection from 2014 European Resources Forum, just finished in Berlin, where I participated. I talked on Panel, promoting sustainable use of natural resources in hand with climate change actions. The part of my presentation was short introduction of the Seventh Environmental Action Program to the Miteco Forum audience.
And one more value of Miteco Forum – this is starting to be growing “family gathering” of professionals interested in environmental and waste issues. My pleasure is to see among them, my colleagues, followers, former and current students and civil society fellows.
EWB: What do you think is a good model for solving the problems of industrial and hazardous waste in companies that are in the process of restructuring?
AM: It is known, that personally I “entered” environmental sector through “hazardous waste door”. For years I was technical expert on Basel convention issues.
I do support main principles of preventive measures and environmentally friendly measures for and future generations’ well-being.
I do not support “one model fit all” in solving historical and existing pollution, mainly related to the industrial and the hazardous waste, in companies changing ownerships.
Environmental Due Diligence and environmental liability tools, combined with technical feasible solutions, could serve as the guideline frame. For now, when country do not have licensed hazardous waste facility, technical feasible solution is the export of hazardous waste (as it is practice in Serbia). It has to be understand, that when changing the ownership of company it should go hand-in-hand with proposed solutions and decision who is paying.
EWB: What are benefits of Serbia joining the European Union when it comes to the field of environmental protection?
AM: With EU accession and membership, Serbian citizens should have great benefits to share the same, high environmental values.
Empowering the environment sector, including promoting knowledge based actions and straightening expert capacities, as well investment in infrastructure that supports all aspects of sustainable development (sustainable/green growth) with socially sensible job creation, are challenges we are facing. We should “position” environment sector much higher in the agenda of development!
Andjelka Mihajlov was a member of the Serbian Government as the Minister for Protection of Natural Resources and Environment from June 2002 to March 2004, commencing significant reforms in the environmental sector in the country, with significant results in international and regional cooperation. In 2006, UN Environment Program identified her as the woman “environmental leader of the Western Balkans”. Prof. Mihajlov headed the expert team which prepared the Study on Green Economy for Serbia which was the basic platform for participation of the Serbian delegation at Rio+20 UN Conference in Brazil. In the period from 2005 to 2010, she was the member of the Environmental and Social Advisory Council to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. She is a member of the National Committee for UNESCO and the Committee for Environment and Sustainable Development of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. She is national mentor for Foundation for Environmental Education with the seat in Copenhagen
EASD representative Prof Anđelka Mihajlov, participate on the 2nd ERF 2014. Thematic issues include: Europe’s responsibility for a sustainable use of natural resources, Targets for a sustainable resource use, Natural resources – to whom do they belong?, Resources for the “Energiewende”, UNEP’s International Resource Panel (IRP) on Decoupling & Circular Economy, Sustainable development goals and post 2015 process , Sustainable resource use and the role of the financial system, Resource efficiency in business – experiences from EU member states, How can Europe reach a sustainable use of natural resources?.
In Opening Plenary session participants were: Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany, Maciej H. Grabowski, Minister of the Environment, Poland, Chris Kuijpers, Directorate General, Ministry for the Environment, The Netherlands, Karl Falkenberg, General Director, European Commission, DG Environment, Maria Krautzberger, President, Federal Environment Agency, Germany, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair, UNEP International Resource Panel; Co-President, Club of Rome; Germany, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Head, Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen Adria University; member of UNEP International Resource Panel; Austria, Arjen Hoekstra, Professor in Water Management, creator of the water footprint concept, University of Twente, The Netherlands,and Harry Lehmann, General Director, Division Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies, Federal Environment Agency, Germany.
EnE14/ENV.net Conference on June 5, 2014 (World Environment Day) in Belgrade, thematically focused on Chapter 27 of Serbian negotiation with EU, present strong multi-stakeholder event (government-academia-industry-local communities-NGOs), with the presence and messages from representative of EU Delegation in Serbia, UN Resident Coordinator, OSCE and German Embassy, among others. See AGENDA , and Papers Proceedings.
“Chapter 27 within the EU accession negotiation, concerning ecology, is among the most demanding and most expensive ones, and Serbia is faced with a “bumpy” road when it comes to harmonisation with the European standards, said the participants of the “Environment towards Europe” conference, held at Belgrade Chamber of Commerce on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Head of the European Integration Section of the EU Delegation to Serbia Freek Janmat said that a considerable part of the EUR200 million of pre-accession funds for the period 2014-2020 would be earmarked for ecology. He said he expected Serbia would successfully face the challenges of harmonising domestic standards with the demanding EU regulations related to environment.
Janmat noted that many countries, with Croatia being the latest, went through the transitional period for implementation of certain standards, envisioned within the Chapter 27.
He said it was important to make a clear investment plan and pick “ripe” projects in the area of ecology, as well as to establish a specialised fund designed to finance ecological projects.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Stana Božović said the negotiating Chapter 27 would be the most expensive, demanding, and serious one, adding that two thirds of all regulations and standards that need to be harmonised with the EU were related to ecology.
It takes EUR10,5 billion in order to achieve a full harmonisation with the EU ecology regulations, said Božović, adding that government, civil sector and economy should all work together on this path.”
More about the Conference , including the presentations
5. juni June 5th
|Velika sala u PKS, Resavska 15||Serbian Chamber of Commerce, Resavska 15|
9:00 – 9:45 Registracija učesnika /Registration
9:45 – 10:00 Preparation to opening sharp at 10:00 / Priprema da otvaranje bude sa početkom tačno u 10h
10:00 – 11:00 Uvodna obraćanja sa uručivanjem Zahvalnica za partnerstvo “Životna sredina ka Evropi” / Opening remarks with handing out Recognitions for “Environment to Europe” partnership
Predsedništvo: Siniša Mitrović, prof.dr Andjelka Mihajlov , prof.dr Nataša Žugić-Drakulić, Dušan Stokić, doc. dr Dunja Prokić
- Irena Vojáčková – Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator / Visoki predstavnik UN u Srbiji
- Freek Janmaat, Head of European Integration and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia, Direktor sektora za evropske integracije i ekonomiju, Delegacija Evropske unije u Republici Srbiji
- Gabriela Bennemann, Head of department for economy and trade at the German Embassy in the Republic of Serbia, Rukovodilac ekonomskog odeljenja nemačke ambasade u Republici Srbiji
- Stana Božović, State Secretary for Environment, Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection/državna sekretarka za životnu sredinu (tbfc)
- Filip Radović, Head of Serbian Environmental Protection Agency – Ministry for Agriculture and Environmental Protection , Direktor Agencije za zaštitu životne sredine Republike Srbije-Ministarstvo poljoprvirede i zaštite životne sredine Republike Srbije
- Rodolјub Šabić,The Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data /Poverenik za informacije od javnog značaja i zaštitu podataka o ličnosti Vlade Srbije
- Representative of the Government of Serbia’s Office for EU integration, Predstavnik Kancelarije za evropske integracije Vlade Srbije
- Željko Sertić, Serbian Chamber of Commerce President / Predsednik Privredne komore Srbije (tbc)
- Representative of SCC Commity of Environment and Sustainable Development/ Predstavnik Odbora za životnu sredinu i održivi razvoj PKS
- Snežana Radočaj, Head of Hemofarm Foundation/Direktorka Fondacije Hemofarm
- Aleksandar Dragišić, Head of Institute for nature conservation of Serbia/Direktor Zavoda za zaštitu prirode Srbije
- Prof. dr Stevan Lilić, Public Policy Institute Podgorica/Beograd/Ljubljana, Institut za javnu politiku Podgorica/Beograd/Ljubljana
- Saša Mihajlović,Green Serbian Chamber of Commerce President/ Predsednik Privredna komora Zelene Srbije
- Tatjana Trifunov, JP “Ada Ciganlija” Beograd
- Represebntative of OSCE in Serbia / Predstavnik OEBS u Srbiji
- Maja Spasojević, Head of Environmental Management, Health, Energy and Agriculture Department, EPTISA Regional Office for SEE, Eptisa Regional Office for SEE/ Direktor sektora zivotne sredine, energetike, zdravlja i poljoprivrede, EPTISA Regionalna kancelarija za jugoistocnu Evropu
- Prof.dr. Anđelka Mhajlov, Introductory message: Importance and Institutional set up in Serbia for Chapter 27 negotiation with EU / Uvodna poruka: Važnost i institucionalno organizovanje u Srbiji za pregovaranje poglavlja 27 sa EU
Note/Napomena: Pending invitation will be included in the final Agenda upon confirmation/ Uvaženi pozvani gosti će biti uvršćeni u finalni dnevni red, po dobijanju potvde učešća
11:00 -11:10 Technical Break / Tehnička pauza
11:10- 13:00 Plenary lectures / Plenarna predavanja
(Moderatori: Prof dr Hristina Stevanović-Čarapina, Prof. Dr. Predrag Simonović, Prof. Dr. Zora Dajić-Stevanovć, Draženko Bijelič, Milica Petrović)
Negotiating chapter 27: process and challenges, Arunas Kundrotas, Senior adviser on EU integration, ENVAP project, Jovana Majkic, Coordinator of Negotiaton Group 27, Ministry of Agriculture and Environmental Protection
EMAS III – DOBRODOŠLI U EU! / EMAS III – WELCOME TO EU!, DRAGANA PETROVIĆ, VICTORIA CONSULTING D.O.O./ EMAS NACIONALNI EKSPERT NA PROJEKTU EU: LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE FIELD OF INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION CONTROL, PREVENTION OF CHEMICAL ACCIDENTS AND ESTABLISHING THE EMAS SYSTEM IN SERBIA,EUROPEAID/131555/C/SER/RS., BEOGRAD
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ECONOMY: TOURISM ASPECTS FOR GREECE, A.V. Michailidou, Ch. Vlachokostasa, Ch.-T. Tsourdioua, D. Spyridia, G. Baniasb, Ν. Moussiopoulosa, Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University Thessaloniki; School of Economics and Business Administration, International Hellenic University, Thermi, Greece
Multi-criteria Prioritization of the Flood Management Projects in Republica Srpska using PEPA Methodology, Merih Kerestecioglu, Mihajlo Stevanović, Ljiljana Stojić, Vassilis Evmopidis, COWI IPF Consortium ,Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska
Aktivnosti Zavoda za zaštitu prirode Srbije u oblasti zaštite prirode, Poglavlje 27, Verica Stojanović, član radne grupe za Poglavlje 27
ENV.net PROJEKAT : NAPREDAK I IZAZOVI / ENV.net Project: Progress and Chalanges, Nataša Žugić-Drakulić i Filip Jovanović, Naconalna koordinatorka i asistent projekta Development of ENV.net in West Balkan and Turkey: giving citizens a voice to influence the environmental process reforms for closer EU integration – Ambasadori održivog razvoja i životne sredine/Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development
Moj izbor, moje pravo–zdrava životna sredina!, Zorica Stevanović, Centar za razvoj građanskog društva “PROTECTA”, Niš
Vrste biljaka i životinja značajnih za zaštitu prirode u EU, Gabor Mesaroš, Udruženje za zaštitu i razvoj okruženja i graditeljskog nasleđa – Protego, Subotica
13:00-14:00 Break with buffet / Pauza sa posluženjem
14:00-14:15 Zajedničko fotografisanje dobitnika Priznanja za partnerstvo “Životna sredina ka Evropi” / Group Photo of awarded with Diploma for Partnership Recognition), Spisak na kraju Agende/List of awarded is included in the Agenda
14:15-17:00 Nastavak plenarnih predavanja – Plenary presentation continuation
(Moderatori: Milica Petrović, Draženko Bijelić, Uroš Rakić, Milena Tabašević, Radmila Marjanov-Panjević, Nataša Žugić Drakulić)
Učestalost prekoračenja GV PM10 – poređenje stanja kvaliteta vazduha u Republici Srbiji i EU, Anđelka Radosavljević, Tihomir Popović, Lidija Marić Tanasković, Biljana Jović, Agencija za zaštitu životne sredine
MEĐUNARODNI PROPISI O UČEŠĆU JAVNOSTI U DONOŠENJU ODLUKA I REPUBLIKA SRBIJA, TINA JANJATOVIĆ, MINISTARSTVO POLJOPRIVREDE I ZAŠTITE ŽIVOTNE SREDINE , DRAGOLJUB TODIĆ, INSTITUT ZA MEĐUNARODNU POLITIKU I PRIVREDU, BEOGRAD
SRBIJA U PROCESU EVROPSKIH INTEGRACIJA I ZNAČAJ PRIMENE EMS U ORGANIZACIJAMA LOKALNE SAMOUPRAVE, Novica Staletović, Nataša Borojević, Violeta Ćulibrk, Srđan Kovačević, UnivErzitet Union-Nikola Tesla, Fakultet za ekologiju i zaštitu životne sredine, Beograd; SO Plandište: EPS JP PK, Beograd
REZULTATI I PROBLEMI U SPROVOĐENJU IPA PROGRAMA PREKOGRANIČNE SARADNJE OD ZNAČAJA ZA OBLAST ŽIVOTNE SREDINE I POGLAVLJE 27, MLADENKA IGNJATIĆ, DRAGOLJUB TODIĆ, ISTRAŽIVAČKI FORUM EVROPSKOG POKRETA U SRBIJI
Promena ekološke svesti građana Bora od LEAP-a 2003. do LEAP-a 2013, Dragan Ranđelović, Milan Trumić, Toplica Marjanović, Ljiljana Marković Luković, Maja Trumić, Društvo mladih istraživača Bor
Application of geographic information system (GIS) in environmental monitoring, Uroš Rakić, Institut zа јаvnо zdrаvljе Srbiје „Dr Milаn Јоvаnоvić Bаtut” Beograd
Assessing Territorial Attractiveness in South East Europe/Ocena atraktivnosti teritorija Jugoistocne Evrope, Projekat, Blaž Barborič, Geodetski institut Slovenije, Republička agencija za prostorno planiranje
Eko-standardi kao konkurentska prednost u hotelijerstvu i turizmu, Jovana Stevanovic, Ratko Trifunovic, Milica Petrovic, Marija Kostic, Fakultet za hotelijerstvo i turizam u Vrnjackoj Banji, Vrnjacka Banja
ADAPTACIJE NA KLIMATSKE PROMENE U OBLASTI BIODIVERZITETA U REPUBLICI SRBIJI, Daniela Cvetković, Slađana Đorđević, Tanja Kukobat, Miloš Nikolić, Fakultet za primenjenu ekologiju Futura, Univerzitet Singidunum, Beograd
EKOLOŠKE MREŽE U FUNKCIJI SMANJENJA NEGATIVNOG UTICAJA KLIMATSKIH PROMENA NA BIODIVERZITET, Ljubica Petrović, Geografski fakultet Beograd
MALE VODENE POVRŠINE U KONTEKSTU KLIMATSKIH PROMENA, Radmila Marjanov Panjević, Ines Trivan Krivo, Ante Stantić, JP „ Zavod za urbanizam Grada Subotice
Praktični rezultati usaglašavanja sadržaja arsena u pijaćoj vodi Vojvodine sa zahtevima direktive 98/83/EC, Andrej Kukučka, Udruženje zaštite životne sredine RIO , Nov Sad
Uticaj deponije na zagađivanje podzemnih voda , Draženko Bjelić, Dragana Nešković Markić, J.P.’’DEP-OT’’ Regionalna deponija Banja Luka
Emergentne supstance i istraživanja 2020, Mirjana Vojinović Miloradov, Ivan Španik, Ivana Mihajlović, Olga Vyviurska, Draginja Kalinić, Jelena Radonić, Maja Turk Sekulić, Departman za inženjerstvo zaštite životne sredine, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu; Slovački Tehnološki Univerzitet u Bratislavi, Institut za analitičku hemiju, Univerzitet u Bratislavi, Slovačka
Primena biootpada kao heterogenog katalizatora u proizvodnji biodizela, Sofija Miškov, Ivona Radović, Mirjana Kijevčanin, Tehnološko – metalurški fakultet Beograd
Dinamika aeroalergenog polena u Subotici , Nataša Čamprag Sabo, Zavod za javno zdravlje Subotica
OPORAVAK DEGRADIRANOG ŠUMSKOG ZEMLJIŠTA SA ASPEKTA ŽIVOTNE SREDINE, Milijana Petković-Kostić, Jelena Đurić, Milena Stanojević, JP Zavod za urbanizam Niš
Energy efficient lighting – pilot project at University of Belgrade, Todorović Dušan, Jovović Aleksandar, Radić Dejan, Obradović Marko, Stanojević Miroslav, Bodrožić Jasmina, Janković Petar University of Belgrade Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, OSRAM d.o.o., Belgrade,Serbia
ENERGETSKA REHABILITACIJA FASADA I BEZBEDNOST OD POŽARA, Mirjana Laban, Fakultet tehničkih nauka, Novi Sad, Srbija
BIOGAS-REGULATIVE, STRATEGIJE I UPOTREBA U EU I REGIONU, Jelena Velimirović, Univerzitet ”Union Nikola Tesla”, Fakultet za ekologiju i zaštitu životne sredine
ALTERNATIVNI IZVORI ENERGIJE KAO OSNOVA ZAŠTITE ŽIVOTNE SREDINE, Milica Bulatović, Fakultet političkih nauka, Beograd
Obnovljivi izvori energije, Dejan Doljak, Geografski fakultet Beograd
ARHUSKA KONVENCIJA – ZAKONSKA REGULATIVA ČIJOM PRIMENOM SE U TOKU INVESTICIONE REALIZACIJE U RUDARSTVU DOBIJA KVALITETNA PROJEKTNA DOKUMENTACIJA, Nenad Nikolić, Nataša Đereg, Mioljub Stanković, Jovica Veljučić – Kerčulj, NVO „Lokalna Agenda 21 za Kostolac – OPŠTINA“;Centar za ekologiju i održivi razvoj – CEKOR“, Subotica; . Privredno društvo ”Termoelektrane – Kopovi Kostolac“ Kostolac d.o.o
STAVOVI I ZNANJA UČENIKA SREDNJIH ŠKOLA O EFEKTU STAKLENE BAŠTE, Nataša Bukumirić, Vesna M. Alivojvodić, Šimon A. Đarmati, Beogradska politehnika, Beograd
Gde smo bili, gde smo sada i kuda idemo?, Aleksandar Savić, Dragan Knežević, TS Rade Koncar Beograd
Poučavanje ekologije u školama u Hrvatskoj, Zrinka Sablić, Klara Lisec, Veleučilište VERN’, Zagreb
POTREBA ZA UVOĐENJEM PERMANENTNOG EKOLOŠKOG OBRAZOVANJA NA PRIMERU SREDNJIH STRUČNIH ŠKOLA, Marija Đurković, Elektrotehnička škola ”Nikola Tesla” Beograd
Strukovne studije zaštite životne sredine – stanje i potrebe, Darja Žarković, Olivera Jovanović, Koviljka Banjević, Saša Marković, Visoka škola strukovnih studija Beogradska politehnika, Beograd
UTICAJ KLIMATSKIH PROMJENA, ADAPTACIJA I RANJIVOST, Ljiljana Crnogorac
Klima Severoistočne Bosne, Senada Nezirović, Evropski Univerzitet Brčko Distrikt
Hajde da sprečimo +6 zajedno, Brankica Luković, Prvoslav Jovanović, Ljiljana Plećević, Milun Miljković, Jelena Đurđević, Visoka tehnološka škola strukovnih studija, Aranđelovac
Poučavanje ekologije u vrtićima u Hrvatskoj , Zrinka Sablić, Klara Lisec, Zvonimir Grgas, Zrinka Sablić, Veleučilište VERN’, Zagreb
Moralni i vaspitni elementi individualnosti, kao filozofija života i shvatanja prioriteta unapređenja društvene svesti o zaštiti životne sredine, Slobodan Petrović, Fakultet za pravo, javnu upravu i bezbednost Megatrend univerzitet
|17:00 Zatvaranje konferencije / Conference closing|
As an institutional member of ACUNS for the Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development, we are spreading the word to potentially interested students and junior faculty about the upcoming 2014 Summer Workshop organized by ACUNS and the American Society of International Law. The Workshop is an advanced-level research seminar that brings together 10 young scholars and practitioners with 10 staff members of the United Nations Secretariat.
The workshop will take place at The Hague Institute for Global Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands, and is intended to include meetings and guest lectures, site visits and/or other forms of exchanges, with several related Hague-based international bodies and agencies. The Workshop is an excellent opportunity for young scholars and practitioners to network and enhance their knowledge and applied skills in the analysis of topics relating to “Local Justice, Global Standards and Critical Contemporary Challenges.”
Selected participants will receive economy class return air travel between their location and the workshop site, accommodations and some meals for the duration of the workshop. More information on the workshop
EC Delegation in Serbia, present to relevant CSOs, on October 18, 2013 , Serbia Progress Report 2013, in which the Commission services present their assessment of what Serbia as the candidate country has achieved over the last year. Presentation on 2013 Reports’ economic chapters is followed by discussion by CSOs representatives, including the NGOs as the one of category of CSOs. Environmental Chapter have great attention in discussion part of the meeting.
Related to Chapter 27, overall EC conclusions is “little progress”.
Although there are a lot of challenges ( EU Enlargement Factsheets – Energy, Climate Change and Environment ), EC conclusion is in some relevant segments different that ENV.net Study (ENV.net-Study-Extended-Summary-June-2013 ).
ENV.net Serbia Team prepared document: Reading of 2013 Progress Report for Serbia and Strategy by ENV.net Serbia Team ( Serbia 2013 Progress Report and Strategy – Reading by ENV.net Serbia Team ). Resulting key words are : Group 1 : civil society organizations, empowered civil society, Dialogue between decision makers and stakeholders , Public awareness, public participation and consultation process; Group 2: sustainable growth, synergies between environment and economy, emissions to air /air quality , waste management , environmental governance , climate change, protected areas, water management, chemicals management, environmental impact assessment, integral pollution and prevention control (industrial emissions); Group 3: implementation of adopted legislation, Intra- and inter-institutional cooperation, proper functioning of the core institutions, coordination of sectoral policies; Group 4: the skills gap, education and training.
Some background information for SERBIA: candidate – applied in 2009, obtained candidate status in March 2012. The EU-facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina was launched in March 2011. The First agreement of principles governing normalisation of relations was reached with Kosovo in April 2013. The momentum of reforms has also been reinvigorated in Serbia. The European Council decided in June 2013 to open accession negotiations. The first Intergovernmental Conference on Serbia’s accession negotiations will be held in January 2014 at the very latest, after the Council adopts the negotiating framework, which was proposed by the Commission in July 2013. In the meantime, the ‘screening’ began in September 2013. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force on 1 September. – see more
This project present different phases in EU accession. Started to raise awareness of the importance of the UNECE Ministerial “Environment for Europe” Belgrade 2007 Conference, and further continuously is mobilizing interesting parties in Serbia and Region to catalyze environmental and sustainable development towards European values. EASD Activity circles represent the scope of our activities.
February 2018: ENV.net 3 Kick-off Meeting in Tirana
June 5, 2015 – 2015 Conference, Information, Proc. of papers
December 2014 - Thematic Publication “Environment to Europe” ( Tematski zbornik radova “Životna sredina ka Evropi”)
EnE14 / ENV.net Conference will be held on June 5, 2014 in Belgrade (it will 10th regional conference!). Thematic focus: Chapter 27. Reserve the date! More information soon. Follow the updated information related to event.
EnE13 – Environment to Europe Conference on June 10, 2013 is focused on local environment. The main messages from this participatory ENV.net event are: environmental sector activities should be knowledge based, and education for environment and sustainable development should be priority. Capacities and continuity is very important for inclusion environment in other sectoral policies. Conference is institutionally supported by Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection and Ministry of Natural Resources, Mining and Spatial Planning, as well as National Commision for UNESCO. This Conference is UNEP WED event.
|2013||EnE13||ENV.net RoundtableFocus: Local Environment||AgendaZbornik radova EnE13 – Zivotna sredina ka Evropi - Papers ProceedingsMinutesMore than 120 participants at EnE13 conference/ENV.net Roundtable: 10 June, 2013 in Belgrade|
Snapshots from the previous EnE “Environment to Europe” Conferences:
|Thematic focus||Published materials|
|2005||EnE05||Thematic focus : The importance of Environmental Sector in EU Integration process||Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.Book “Sustainable Development and Environment towards Europe in 95+ steps”, by A.Mihajlov, published in Serbian|
|2006||EnE06||European/developed countries values in environmental and related issues; lessons learnedAt the same time, the Civil Society Forum EfE07 Meeting towards UN Pan-European Ministerial Conference Belgrade 2007 “Environment for Europe” held.||Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.Book “Sustainable Sustainable Development and Environment Towards Europe in 95+ Steps”, by A.Mihajlov, published in English|
|2007||EnE07||Dedicated to contribute to upcoming UNECE “Environment for Europe” (2007, Belgrade) Pan-European Ministerial ConferenceNGO Declaration on Environmental Cohesion of Western Balkan agreed||Detailed Agenda published.CD Proceedings of Papers published.|
|2008||EnE08||Youth and Vulnerable Groups in Environmental EU Accession||Detailed Agenda published.SnapshotEnE08 Zbornik radova 4. regionalne Konferencije „Zivotna sredina ka Evropi“-sadrzaj published.|
|2009||EnE09||Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism Conference||Detailed Agenda published (agenda EnE09)SpeechCD Proceedings of Papers published.http://www.europa.rs/en/mediji/arhiva-vesti/2009/645/Environment+protection+is+a+joint+effort.html|
|2010||EnE10||Green Education and Green Economy||Detailed Agenda published ( Agenda EnE10 Konferencije )CD Proceedings of Papers published.Snapshot|
|2011||EnE11||Rural and Mountain Sustainable Development||Detailed Agenda published (agenda_ene11)http://www.ruralinfoserbia.rs/dokumenta/agenda_ene11.pdfCD Proceedings of Papers published.Publication with selected paper published.|
|2012||EnE12||Learning event for Rio=20 preparation – Green Economy and Governance for Sustainable Development||Detailed Agenda published ( Agenda EnE12 )http://www.pks.rs/Documents/Slu%C5%BEba%20za%20marketing/Agenda%20EnE12.pdfCDProceedings of Papers published.UNDP/UNEP Green Economy Study published http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/984serbia.pdf|
Within “Environment to Europe” Process, EASD actively participate and organize different supporting activities in different related thematic areas, like sustainable consumption and production, efficient resource use, chemicals, eco-consumers protection, participation at global, EC, regional and with papers at different conferences, etc. Regional cohesion projects supported Environment to Europe process.
Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development participated at the “Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14)”, and “The First Universal Session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-27/GMEF),” Nairobi, 16-22 February 2013. Ministers meeting for the first time under universal membership of 193 member states- again as a result of the decisions taken and adopted last year at Rio+20 and the UN General Assembly later in the year- adopted a welter of other decisions relating to the way UNEP will operate and work as the global platform for environmental policy-making and action over the coming years and decades. Governments called for the transformation of the existing Governing Council into a UN Environment Assembly of UNEP and to build stronger links between UNEP’s science-based Global Environment Outlook process and its ministerial meetings – further implementing the call by member states at Rio + 20to strengthen the science-policy interface.
Among the wealth of other decisions taken at the first Universal Membership of the UNEP Governing Council were: 1. A UNEP-led consortium will host and coordinate the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) which will be the implementing arm of the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), 2. The CTCN will work on leap-frogging the technical and financial hurdles to the even greater take-up of clean and renewable energies to low carbon tranportation and energy efficient buildings, 3. Full operationalization of a decade-long initiative to decouple economic growth from unsustainable use of natural resources and pollution generation-the 10 Year Framework of Programmes for Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP for SCP), 4. The UNEP-hosted initiative will assist countries in areas from sustainable public procurement, lifestyles and education to sustainable buildings and construction and sustainable tourism, including ecotourism – again bringing from outcome to implementation other key aspects of the Rio+20 Future We Want, 5. Governments also decided to convene in October this year an intergovernmental diplomatic conference to formally adopt the Minamata Convention on Mercury that was agreed in January in Geneva under a UNEP-facilitated negotiation-again a further implementation of the Rio+20 outcome document.
Over 1300 participants from 147 countries, including 80 ministers, representatives of UN agencies, international organizations, academia, NGOs, business and industry, and women and youth organizations attended the first Universal Session of the GC following the decision of the United Nations General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP, as called for in the Rio+20 outcome document. Delegates adopted 13 decisions, on inter alia:
- the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES);
- coordination across the UN system, including the Environment Management Group (EMG);
- sustainable consumption and production;
- the green economy in the context of sustainable development;
- advancing justice, governance and law;
- state of the environment; and
- chemicals and wastes.
The GC adopted a decision on institutional arrangements that, inter alia, invites the UN General Assembly to rename UNEP’s governing body “UN Environment Assembly,” and provides that the body “will ensure” the active participation of all relevant stakeholders and explore new mechanisms to promote transparency and effective engagement of civil society in its work and that of its subsidiary bodies, inter alia, by: developing by 2014 a process for stakeholder accreditation and participation that builds on the existing rules of procedure and takes into account the inclusive modalities of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and other relevant UN bodies.
The day before the Governing Council got underway, the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE) and UNEP hosted the second High-Level Gender Forum. Prof Andjelka Mihajlov participates, by invitation to “Gender Forum” as a member of the “Network of Environmental Women Ministers and Leaders”, as the former Minister for Protection of Natural Resources and Environment. The forum participants called upon ministers and environmental leaders to have dedicated officials for coordination of related gender and environment programmes and agreed to send a consolidated proposal on gender actions to be forwarded for consideration by UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post 2015 Development Agenda. The women ministers also requested nations to support the ratification of the Minamata convention on Mercury, which opens for signing in October.
More about meetings at www.unep.org . Moments from EASD participation are in Galleries of pictures. These activities are foreseen as the important international cooperation activities.
The Program of Education for Environment and Sustainable Development, is focused towards:
- Education and training at all levels as the public interest (in the form of informal education and training, participation in formal education and training, as well as life-long-learning education and trainings), and in particular the development of syllabuses and implementation of educational programs in the fields of management, environmental management, environmental and sustainable development governance, implementation of national, EU, sub-regional and global legislation, waste management, chemicals management, biodiversity, integral pollution prevention and control, standards, green economy, climate change, green public procurement, public participation In decision making, including on-line and electronic methods, camps and summer-schools, schools in nature, as well as fundraising and investment of the same in staff, awards, scholarship, grants, funds, equipment and facilities, all for the purpose of realisation of objectives;
- Preparation and participation in project designs, studies, plans, strategies and legal solutions.
- Cooperation with relevant scientific, profesional, economic and other organisations and bodies on the implementation of tasks of common interest;
- Organisation and realisation of professional examinations in cooperation with competent authorities for issuing the relevant certificates and licenses for functioning in the fields of the environmental impact assessment and strategic impact assessment, in accordance with the law;
- Organisation and implementation of eco-certification in cooperation with the competent authorities and organisations for issuing appropriate certificates in the field of assessment of fulfillment of international standards and programs relation to the environment and sustainable development;
- Awarding of appropriate rewards and recognitions for successful achievements in the field of sustainable development and environment;
In order to achieve these objectives, the Association monitors among other scientific and technical literature in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, organize, solely or together with other organizations, professional meetings, conferences, seminars and other forms of education, announces the publication of matters relating to development and application of technical and scientific publications in the field of sustainable development and the environment, in accordance with the law, in order to improve the social and economic aspects of sustainable development, working with universities, collegues, schools, professional associations and other similar organizations at home and abroad, gives professional expertise, arbitration, provides advice, opinions and reviews, has been doing research and development in multidisciplinary, natural, technical, technological, biotech, and technical and social sciences, develops international (global, EU) and regional cooperation, developing partnerships with other organizations and institutions in the country, and others.
Organisation participated in preparation of study Study on Achievements and Perspectives towards a Green Economy and Sustainable Growth in Serbia.
The Study has been prepared to support the Government of Serbia in its preparations for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable development, which is being held in Brazil in June 2012.
SDGs – SDSN members activities
”Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” , as UN accredited organization participate at 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, as well as on side events.
Organisation participated in preparation of study Study on Achievements and Perspectives towards a Green Economy and Sustainable Growth in Serbia.
The Study has been prepared to support the Government of Serbia in its preparations for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable development, which is being held in Brazil in June 2012.
In support of the EU Commission’s “Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe” from September 2011 and the “German Resource Efficiency Programme” (ProgRess) adopted by the German Federal Cabinet in February 2012, the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) hosted the first European Resources Forum (ERF) (http://www.resourcesforum.eu) in Berlin on 12-13 November 2012.
The conference objective was to discuss implementation steps, approaches and measures necessary for sustainable resource use, to promote alliances between stakeholders and inspire the set up networks. Sustainable development, sustainable production and consumption, as well as green economy are discussed. With more than 400 participants from over 40 countries including more than 40 top-level speakers from Germany and abroad – the conference was a great success. “Environmental Ambassadors for Sustainable Development” representative on this Conference (Scientific and other Conferences) was Prof. dr. Andjelka Mihajlov.