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OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Prague

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Prague/Rome, 07.09.2017, 08:56 Uhr
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Prague/Rome [ENA] The concluding meeting of the 25th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum focusing on Greening the Economy and Building Partnerships for Security in the OSCE Region opened on 6 September in Prague. It is not only the highpoint of this year´s work in the OSCE on economic, environmental and security challenges, it also suggests an exceptional occasion to reflect on and celebrate 25 years of international co-operation.

The international co-operation particularly among the 57 OSCE´s participation states from all regions, from Vancouver to Vladivostok. During the three-day Forum, senior government officials, experts from academia, NGOs and international organizations will debate environmental co-operation, connectivity and economic participation.The discussion will particularly focus on the reduction of environmental risks and and on the establishment of a good environmental governance.

This is a concept in political ecology and environmental policy that supports sustainability, the sustainable development, as the highest consideration for managing all human activities. Strengthening environmental co-operation in support of resource efficiency, renewable energy and energy security is another issue of the Forum. In September 2015, “the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” was adopted at the United Nations. The agenda addresses three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, social, and environmental.

Also, as many of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are strictly linked with the environmental dimension, environmental problems are still considered as a commonly important issue to be overcome by the international community. In particular, many countries in developing regions are confronting with increasing problems such as urban air pollution, water pollution, deterioration of health environment, forest and soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, and marine pollution, due to the combination of various factors including population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and poverty.

Furthermore, the world is now facing wide-ranging issues such as climate change and acid precipitation due to transboundary pollutants discharged from many countries. In this scenario the OCSE Forum is promoting economic participation and strengthening stability and security . OSCE is encouraging connectivity and building trust and business partnerships in the OSCE area and is willing to promote connectivity and economic and environmental co-operation for regional security. The Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic Lubomír Zaorálek, Hans Jörg Schelling, the Austrian Minister of Finance, and Vuk Žugić, Co-coordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities delivered the opening remarks.

Keynote speakers are Ol’ga Algayerová, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Marie Chatardová, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Economic and Environmental Forum is the sequel of two preparatory meetings held in Vienna and Astana this year. Its main objective is to incite political dialogue and generate recommendations to OSCE participating States in dealing with economic and environmental challenges.

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