Friday, 28 March 2014

Mitigation of global environmental problems in CIS region focus of UNIDO workshop in Vienna

VIENNA, 28 March 2014 – Representatives of the Permanent Missions, and the Ministries of Environment and Foreign Affairs from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine attended a two-day UNIDO workshop on mitigating global environmental problems that concluded in Vienna today.

The workshop was held within the framework of UNIDO’s project, “Regional (CIS) capacity building for developing programmes for mitigation of global environmental problems”, which is funded from voluntary contributions by the Russian Federation.

The project aims at enhancing national technical capacities of the CIS countries to address climate change and emerging environmental challenges in the region.

Ambassador Vladimir Voronkov, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the International Organizations in Vienna, said: “UNIDO, with its expertise and professional capacity, can make a real difference in this very important area of environmental protection. It is an honour for the Russian Federation to support this project. We believe that this project will be very valuable for the participating countries, and will help to build a shared expert platform, and strengthen practical skills that will facilitate cooperation with multilateral institutions, such as the Global Environmental Facility.”

Experts from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine will be trained to leverage financial contributions from bilateral and multilateral donors, in particular from the Global Environment Fund (GEF), for projects focusing on mitigation of environmental problems.

Participants shared the approaches of their countries in solving existing environmental problems, and learned about UNIDO’s strategy towards implementing GEF-funded projects.

For more information, please contact:

Olga Memedovic
Chief, UNIDO Europe and NIS Programme
Tel: +43 1 26026 4676
Fax: +43 1 26026 6822

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