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Workspace for UNDP's involvement in Belgrade 2007 Ministerial Conference, Oct 2007


Background and Overall Objective

Under the Environment for Europe Initiative, parties have agreed at the Ministerial Conference in Kiev 2003 to convene again in 4 years time to assess progress made under the Environment Strategy for EECCA Countries and Action Plan. UNECE and the EAP Task Force are currently cooperating in the preparations leading up to the conference in Belgrade, October 2007. The EAP Task Force has been mandated to lead the prepareations of the Assessment Report, with support of other multilateral organizations.

UNDP has agreed in Kiev 2003 to be a facilitator of, or contributer to a number of objectives under the EECCA Environment Strategy (see table in Annex of the Strategy document). It was agreed early 2006 that UNDP will support EAP Task Force and actively contribute to the Belgrade 2007 Assessment Report.

UNDP's overall objective
is to contribute and participate in the preparations leading up to the Ministerial Conference in Belgrade 2007, with a focus on:
  1. Visibility
  2. An opportunity for partnership / resource mob
  3. ..(to be completed)..

Concrete involvement/cooperation can be divided into 3 main parts:

(A) Preparation of the Balkan Assessment Report and other support to the preparation of the Belgrade Ministerial Conference
(B) UNDP's regional web-presence / knowledge map
(C) Involvement and activities at the Ministerial Conference itself (Oct 07)

(A) UNDP's contribution to the preparation of the Ministerial

The Environment Strategy for EECCA Countries Assessment Report

Aim and background

In May 2003, the Environment Ministers of the UNECE region adopted the Environment Strategy for the countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA2), and agreed to assess progress in achieving the objectives of the Strategy when they meet again in 2007.

See also Baseline Report "Environmental Management in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia", which aims to examine "where things stand with regard to the seven objectives of the EECCA Environment Strategy".

Relevant Documents

General documents: EECCA_Assessment_Flyer.doc Timetable_for_FO_inputs.doc UNECE_EAP_Task_Force_Summary_Record_2nd_FO_Meeting_21Oct_05_final.doc

Sructure, Templates for the report: BELGRADE_Report_Structure_08Mar06.doc BELGRADE_Template_Chapters_Objectives_-_08Mar06.doc BELGRADE_Template_Country_Profile_-_08Mar06.doc

Relevant documents from other organizations: EU_position_paper_on_Belgrade_objectives.doc

UNDP's involvement
  • involved in discussion about structure and content
  • Review and feedback on drafts (on request by OECD/EAP Task Force
  • provide case studies as illustration
  • involve CO's and other UNDP offices as useful

Meeting Records and Documents

Background: Meeting_roberto_Bratislava_08Mar06_List_of_documents_for_UNDP.doc Doc_(05)1_Outcomes_Report.doc Doc_(05)3_TF_Progress_Report_2005.doc Doc_(05)4_Programme_of_Work_for_2006_rev_BG_10_Oct.doc

Environmental Policy in South Eastern Europe (UNDP Montenegro)

SEA Initiative (with UNECE, REC; lead by Armenia, Belarus, Moldova

ENVSEC Initiative / report

(B) UNDP "Environment & Energy portal" (for Belgrade 2007)

A regional (public) web-page (link: ), embedded into UNDP's regional public internet page - will the new one be ( -, with detailed info about UNDP's work on E&E in the region, and contribution to the EfE Strategy objectives.


The Online Knowledge Map shall show

  • UNDP’s entire project portfolio and activities in the field of E&E in RBEC region (national and regional…)
  • Success stories and selected case studies
  • UNDP’s comparative strengths and advantages (strategic positioning)
  • Valuable knowledge, lessons learned, cutting edge experience

We want to sell what we do, linked to topics & concerns of the EfE process / Belgrade Ministerial Meeting 2007

The online knowledge map shall be an outreach tool of UNDP’s work and achievements in environment & energy sector, highlighting activities and plans with regard to future programming opportunities

In the future this site could become THE info source for the development of environment and energy projects (UNDP and beyond)

--> one stop shop for (links to) relevant, updated, background documents …


Two different target groups can be distinguished:

1st layer “external”: (Potential) partners of UNDP projects and activities, aiming at decision makers:

  • Governments
  • donors/partners – we (potentially) work with

+ NGOs

+ UN agencies

--> for them the online knowledge map should primarely be a PR tool

2nd layer “internal”: UNDP practitioners

  • UNDP CO colleagues
  • project staff
  • colleagues from other UNDP offices (HQ, other regions)
  • external experts and practitioners (working level)

--> function: knowledge-map and experience repository

Main Elements

Navigation (= "entry-points" to find info, tailored to different visitors' needs)

"Main navigation" (that stays on every page)
  • e.g. left-hand or top-row
  • linking directly into all major elements (countries/regions, UNDP's work by topic/theme, who's-who, etc.) and "entry points" (e.g. interactive map)
  • dop-down menues? (layout like on UNDP's web site or the Swiss page) or simple clicks like on new RBEC Intranet? --> layout is taken from UNDP external website templates
Interactive Map (HOW TO IMPLEMENT / EMBED INTO UNDP WEB-PAGE?? --> will take a consultant)
  • with flags or points for projects (google map?)
  • Would lead directly to project pages; Country pages (?), ..others?
"Path" or "Bread Crumbs" (same as solved for UNDP web-pages, or different?) -->
that shows the visitor where s/he is and came from

--> page is not that complex, main top row and left hand navigation will be available on all pages

Search function
  • Google (or UNDP search engine?) full-text search --> UNDP search engine, full text and advanced search possible
  • (Advanced search function for database entries - really needed? If yes, how to implement with UNDP's CMS database?)

-> One of the major "navigation tools" are cross-links to be include throughout the entire site, leading to relevant other pages of the knowledge map

Geographic background information (Country and (sub-)regional pages)

A) Country pages

(maybe interactive map rather on top ...? )


1st section: "status of environment in .." (or s'th similar)
  • excerpts from CCAs / UNDAFs, HDR case studies and MDG reports ...
  • Key excerpts from UNECE Environmental Performance Reviews, World bank national assessment, and other relevant external materials (with source and links!)

2nd section: relevant Reports
  • links to database items flagged to be relevant for this country, with one sentence description of each (best done by "transclusion" - see help page of WaterWiki for explanation)
  • UNDP reports (incl. evaluations) - this could also serve as (or start of with) the reference materials that served for section 1 above
  • other UNs reposrt, PRSP Env sections, MDG reports, etc.

3rd section: Projects
  • links to database items flagged to be relevant for this country, with one sentence description of each (best done by "transclusion" - see help page of WaterWiki for explanation)

4th section: Links and Resources
  • Who's-who (links to database items flagged to be relevant for this country, with one sentence description of each (best done by "transclusion" - see help page of WaterWiki for explanation) )
  • links to CO webpages (and/or directly to contact persons, project entries, etc. thereon...)
  • links to resources (not used on this page or cited above already)
  • links to all relevant (a) EfE / Belgrade materials in the context of this country and (b) entries on other databases and web-pages

B) Subregion pages
provide information on thematic issues in subregions
  • RBEC NY Clusters to provide input

(similiar structure like country pages)

Thematic Background Information (topic/theme pages)

all of them linked to projects and other items on the k'map
(possibly also 'CMS database elements' (see below)?)
UNDP's focus areas or Practices (like on "What we do")
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Governance
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Climate Change and Adaptation
  • .. (to be completed)
  • OR the new focus areas along the new UNDP business plan:
    • Mainstreaming Environment
    • Environmental Finance
    • ... etc.
(to be completed)

Belgrade themes or Strategic Objectives of the EfE Strategy
  1. Improve environmental legislation, policies and institutional framework
  2. Reduce the risks to human health through pollution prevention and control
    1. Reduction of urban air pollution
    2. Improvement of management of municipal water supply and sanitation infrastructure
    3. Improvement of management of waste and chemicals
  3. Manage natural resources in a sustainable manner
    1. Integrated management of water resources, including transboundary river basins and regional seas
    2. Biodiversity conservation and protection of ecosystems
  4. Integrate environmental considerations into the development of key economic sectors
    1. Overall issues of sectoral integration
    2. Energy sector
    3. Transport sector
    4. Agriculture
    5. Forestry
  5. Establish and strengthen mechanisms for mobilising and allocating financial resources to achieve environmental objectives
  6. Provide information for environmental decision-making, promote public participation and environmental education
    1. Strengthening of environmental monitoring and information management
    2. Public participation in environment decision-making
    3. Environmental education
  7. Identify and address transboundary problems and strengthen co-operation within the framework of international conventions

others? (or is this already too much?)

Elements derived from CMS database

UNDP's projects

(tags: "project"; "COUNTRY"; ..?)

  • Title
  • Partners (donor and others - separate?)
  • Contact (CO, person)
  • Link to / attached prodoc
  • Info (as pop-up) with executive summary, objectives, expected results, etc. (whatever available)

Data directly from ATLAS
  • Financial info (overall budget, co-funding sources & amounts; maybe yearly break-down?)
  • Time and Status Info (start/end date; status "on-going"/"planned"/"finished"..)


(tags: "person" or "E&E focal point"; "COUNTRY"; ..?)

Documents (e.g. other UN reports)
  • UNDP reports (UNDAF, CCA, evaluations, HDRs, etc.)
  • Belgrade documents (with links to original and/or other webpage repositories)
  • other UN reports
  • ...


  • this environmental knowledge map (set up for conference, aim)
  • UNDP (ways UNDP works, partnerships, Donors, Mission/Strategy, statistics?)
  • audience of - and who's behind - this map
  • Disclaimer
  • press corner (?)

Important Links

(additional and/or deliberately duplicating key links provided also on country- and topic-pages)

Feedback possibility
  1. comments/feeback on the site (Belgrade Portal)
  2. "Contact us" (leading to E&E Practice?)

news feed

Direct feed from UNDP/RBEC news-portal (on E&E)

Discussion Forum / Blog / etc.

(only if some significant discussion traffic can be anticipated)

Resources and Inputs

UNDP documents

External Resources

(C) UNDP's involvement/activities at the Ministerial Conference, Oct 07

UNDP-side event & launch of the UNDP Environment Knowledge Map

The idea is to organize a mix of presentations (both UNDP through Kori & Ben as well as by Ministers), organized interventions or discussions (e.g. panel or "critical intervention") and a demonstration of UNDP's regional website/knowledge map.

Possible focus
  1. UNDP's E&E priorities (new trends)
  2. Selected topics, such as:
    1. Climate Change / Adaptation / Carbon Fund
    2. "One UN" - UNDP cooperate initiatives and partnerships with UN-agencies and other partners
    3. Other topics (sub-practices:
      1. Biodiversity
      2. Water Governance
      3. Land Degradation
      4. Mainstreaming Environment into development
      5. other selected sectors / sub-practices
    4. country support to meet requirements under major conventions
  3. case studies or 'good practice' example (2-3 UNDP projects)
  4. launch of the new UNDP regional website / knowledge map


1) UNDP/RBEC Director (Kori)

2) Invited Guest Intervention & Commentators
  • Minister of Env. Macedonia (tbc): UNDP's support on Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation
  • Minister of ....
  • NGO ... (?)

Launch of Knowledge Map / new UNDP Regional E&E Website

Panel discussion / Roundtable

  1. Kori
  2. Ben
  3. Env. Minister of ....
  4. Env. Minister of ....
  5. REC (?)
  6. UNEP

ENVSEC side-event

SEA Initiative and side-event

Interventions during sessions (talking points for Kori and/or Ben)

Main messages

UNDP's current work on E&E in the region
(Linked to new Knowledge Map)
  • current project portfolio
  • strategic directions for the near/mid-term future
  • involvement in EfE process

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