The Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources and with the involvement of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), is organizing The Green Bridge Conference, as an International Conference on Green Bridge Partnership Programme from 30 September to 1 October 2013 in Astana, Kazakhstan. This Conference is conducted within the first of a series of meetings under the framework of the Green Bridge Partnership Programme (GBPP), which the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan is hosting to operationalize the GBPP.
The GBPP, developed and promoted by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, is an outcome of two major regional Ministerial consultative processes. In 2010, the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-6) endorsed the Astana Green Bridge Initiative (AGBI), proposed by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan to link the European and Asia-Pacific regions in partnership, towards achieving sustainable development, by leveraging green economic growth.
Subsequently, the Government of Kazakhstan developed and launched the GBPP at the Seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe”(EfE), Astana, 2011. The GBPP has also been welcomed at the global level, as the only inter-regional initiative explicitly identified by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) outcome document “The Future We Want”.
ESCAP member and associate member States welcomed the AGBI as a major outcome of MCED-6 with Commission Session Resolution 67/3, and the GBPP, as its implementing mechanism, with Commission Session Resolution 69/9.
The key programme areas identified in the GBPP are: national and international governance strengthening; information infrastructure for partnership, awareness raising and education; promotion of green business and green technologies; financial and economic mechanisms; improving standards for a green economy; and intervention in specific sectors (water; mountain and other ecosystems; eco-efficient use of natural resources; sustainable energy; food security and sustainable agriculture; sustainable urban infrastructure and transport and green construction; adaptation to climate change and preparedness for natural disasters).