Theme: Strengthening Cooperation on Environment and Sustainable Development
Date: June 5-8, 2018
Venue: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Organisers: Government of Republic of Uzbekistan and Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia
Central Asia (CA) with a population of more than 60 million people is currently facing serious challenges to the sustainability of the environment and public health. Given the high degree of vulnerability of the region to the effects of climate change, as well as the growing challenges due to the growth of population, including urbanization and changing consumption habits, environmental problems are becoming a serious threat to the environment and the population of CA countries. The growth in energy consumption, intimidating rates of accumulation of solid domestic waste, reduction of biological diversity, growing desertification processes are among key items on agenda.
The political and economic development rate of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the past year demonstrates the commitment and support towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Strategy actions in five priority areas of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021 clearly outlines the tasks for:
- reduction of energy intensity and resource intensity of the economy, wider introduction of energy-saving technologies into production, wider use of renewable energy sources, increase of labor productivity in the sectors of the economy;
- maintenance of environmental safety in the life of the people, construction and modernization of municipal waste processing facilities, strengthening their material and technical base, providing the population with modern facilities for waste disposal;
- prevention of environmental problems, causing damage to the environment, including health and the gene pool of the population.
The environmental challenges of the Central Asian region are becoming increasingly complex and the search for solutions is beyond the capabilities of one country or the organization.
In this respect, international cooperation and united efforts are key elements for tackling complex environmental challenges. Therefore, the dialogue between various stakeholders with different viewpoints and approaches shall be the key instrument in establishing long-term and productive cooperation on environmental issues.
In this regard, at the initiative of the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia, the countries of the region agreed to annually hold the Central Asian International Environmental Forum.
In 2018 the Central Asian International Environmental Forum will be convened under the theme “Strengthening cooperation in the field of environment and sustainable development in Central Asia”.
The Forum will serve as a high-level platform bringing together all interested partners in strengthening cooperation and developing joint measures to implement common goals in the field of sustainable development, discussing mutually beneficial solutions for protecting ecosystems and promoting “green” technologies.
To contribute to strengthening the dialogue among the government agencies, academia and international community for development, civil society and business structures in Central Asia on environmental issues and the formation of joint solutions for sustainable development of the region.
- Renewable energy sources and energy efficiency
- Integrated management of solid domestic waste
- Conservation of biodiversity and development of a network of protected natural areas.
- plenary sessions
- parallel sessions for each of the thematic areas
- specialized exhibition of green technologies
- donor meeting
- B2B business forum
Representatives of parliaments, Ministers of environment, water management of the Central Asian countries, UN structural agencies, leading international organizations and financial institutions are expected to attend the Forum. Leaders of nature protection bodies from Europe and Asia, representatives of scientific and public circles are also invited for participation.
- intensify joint efforts of Central Asian countries in solving global and regional environmental problems
- formulate and agree on joint actions to be taken on the basis of discussions
- link the joint actions with the global environmental agenda
- identify priority and possible investment solutions for the development of renewable energy, waste processing and nature conservation in general.
Working languages: Russian and English, with simultaneous translation