Batumi Talk Show: Scoring SDGs through action on green economy and clean air (Side Event ECE-67)
ORGANIZING PARTNERS: The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP).
Side event on the follow up on the outcomes of the Batumi Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference
Participants: Open to participants of the 67th session of the Economic Commission for Europe, representatives of the Permanent Missions to the United Office at Geneva, members and observers of the Committee on Environmental Policy, representatives of United Nations organizations and other intergovernmental organizations, representatives of civil society
At the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference (Batumi, Georgia, 8–10 June 2016), ministers endorsed the Pan-European Strategic Framework for Greening the Economy –– a tool supporting countries' efforts in transitioning to the green economy and, at the same time, contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ministers also launched the Batumi Initiative on Green Economy (BIG-E) that consists of voluntary commitments to operationalize the Strategic Framework until 2030. At present, 115 commitments have been submitted by 25 countries and 12 organizations. These commitments specify concrete actions for moving towards greener and more inclusive economic patterns. With regard to air quality, ministers reconfirmed their commitment to reduce air pollution and protect public health and ecosystems by endorsing the Batumi Action for Cleaner Air (BACA). So far, 26 countries and 3 organizations have submitted 88 voluntary commitments to this initiative. The BIG-E and BACA initiatives remain open for stakeholders to join.
PURPOSE: Promoting the Batumi initiatives with the participation of countries that have joined them with a view to attract new countries and additional voluntary commitments for greening the economy and cleaning the air, and advance the achievements of SDGs
Opening of the event and brief introduction of BIG-E and BACA initiatives
Short video on green economy and clean air
Discussion between the hosts and the guests of the Batumi Talk Show
Representatives from countries and organizations participating in the discussion and present in the room are invited to join the initiatives and announce new commitments for greening the economy and cleaning the air
Closing of the event
GUESTS OF TALK SHOW:
Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)
HOSTS OF TALK SHOW: Marco Keiner, Director, Environment Division, UNECE, and Jan Dusik, Regional Director, UN Environment
Palais des Nations, Geneva (Salle XVII, E building)