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31 May 2017

Minsk to host Parties to Espoo Convention Meeting 13-16 June

MINSK, 31 May (BelTA) – The Meeting of the Parties to the Espoo Convention will take place in Minsk on 13-16 June, BelTA learned from the website of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Belarus will host the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and the 3rd session of the Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context, acting as a Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment.

Attending the events will be nearly 200 representatives from 45 member states of the Espoo Convention, including ministers and deputy ministers, high ranking officials of international organizations and financial institutes, the public. It is expected that the Minsk declaration will be signed at the final joint high-level meeting.

The adoption of the Minsk declaration will promote the implementation of the sustainable development goals by 2030 through efficient application of the Espoo Convention and the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment, strengthen the role of the convention and the protocol in addressing key issues such as climate change and loss of biological diversity, assist the preservation of biological diversity, eco system services and the integration of ecological reasons, including those related to people’s health, into the policy of such sectors as agriculture, waste treatment, energy, transport, use of land and urban planning to promote the "green" growth.

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