Statutory report 2004

9. Sustainable development

Sustainable development
CEMAT
Technical co-operation and assistance
Natural heritage
EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement

Sustainable development

At their 898th meeting on 30 September (item 9.1) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1636 (2003) on the development of organic farming. They went on (item 9.2) the Deputies to adopt the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1637 (2003) on pan-European environmental cooperation: the Council of Europe's role after the Kyiv Ministerial Conference and the Johannesburg Summit.

At their 886th meeting on 3 June (item 9.1) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1609 (2003) on the positive experiences of autonomous regions as a source of inspiration for conflict resolution in Europe.

CEMAT

At their 881bis meeting on 21 April (item 9.1) the Deputies welcomed the desire of the CEMAT to integrate its activities more closely with the Council of Europe's overall programme on sustainable development (Line of Action 7);

At the same meeting, the Deputies took note of Resolution No. 4, adopted at the 13th Session of CEMAT, held in Ljubljana on 17 September 2003, proposing terms of reference for its Committee of Senior Officials and in the light of the results of its first consideration by the GR-C agreed to come back to this matter in the context of the next broad review of Committee structures envisaged in 2005;

At the same meeting, the Deputies confirmed that the Secretary General had the green light to make proposals to provide support services to the CEMAT-HF, until the next Ministerial Session of the CEMAT, within the draft annual budgets and programmes of activities.

Technical co-operation and assistance

Natural heritage

At their 892nd meeting on 8 July (item 8.1) the Deputies adopted the reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1630 (2003) on the erosion of the Mediterranean coastline: implications for tourism.

At their 883rd meeting on 5 May (item 9.2) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 8th meeting of the Committee for the activities of the Council of Europe in the field of biological and landscape diversity (CO-DBP), held in Madrid on 18 January 2004. They took note at the same time of the Final Declaration of the “4th International Symposium of the Pan-European Ecological Network: marine and coastal biodiversity and protected areas”, and agreed to transmit it to their relevant national authorities so that they may apply it as appropriate in their national policies and practice.

At the same meeting the Deputies adopted Recommendation Rec(2004)3 on conservation of the geological heritage and areas of special geological interest. The Deputies also adopted Resolutions ResDip(2004)1 to 12 on the renewal and award of the European Diploma of Protected Areas. The Deputies took note of the CO-DBP's comments on the following Parliamentary Assembly recommendations and instructed the GR-C to bear them in mind when preparing draft replies to them:

- Recommendation1630 (2003) on “Erosion of the Mediterranean coastline and its effects on tourism”;

- Recommendation 1636 (2003) on “Development of organic farming”;

- Recommendation 1637 (2003) on “Pan-European environmental co operation: the Council of Europe's role after the Kyiv Ministerial Conference and the Johannesburg Summit”;

- Recommendation 1638 (2003) on “Sustainable development of mountain regions”.

At their 878th meeting on 31 March (item 9.1) the Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention, STE No. 104) held in Strasbourg on 1-4 December 2003. The Deputies took note of the ten recommendations presented by the Standing Committee in pursuance of Article 15 of the Convention, and agreed to transmit them to the governments of the Contracting Parties concerned.

EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement1

At their 883rd meeting on 5 May (item 9.3) the Deputies, in their composition restricted to the representatives of the member states of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Partial Agreement took note of the Recommendation on risk prevention and the Resolution requesting member states of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement to ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime; having regard to decision 1 above, the Deputies took note of the report on the 10th Ministerial Session of the Council of Europe's EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, held in Valdragone, Republic of San Marino on 12 December 2003.

1 Member states parties to the Open Partial Agreement: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Morocco, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Spain, “the former Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey, Ukraine.

The European Commission, Unesco, WHO and the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) of the United Nations participate in the agreement. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is associated in its work. 



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