Cooperation between UNEP and its Moscow Office with Russian partners is based on the Agreement on Cooperation between the Government of the Russian Federation and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The agreement was signed in Nairobi on 16 April 2013 by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Sergey Donskoy on behalf of the Russian Government, and the former UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner.
In accordance with the Agreement, the following main priority areas for cooperation have been identified:
a) support to the development of economic and other activities corresponding to the established rules and requirements in the area of environmental protection and to ensuring environmental security, including by applying of ecologically safe best available technologies;
b) biological diversity conservation and integrated ecosystem management;
c) water resources management, protection of water bodies, marine and coastal environment from the adverse technogenic impact;
d) reduction of anthropogenic impacts on climate system and mitigation of negative impacts of climate change;
e) regulation of the use of chemicals, utilization and processing of wastes;
f) cooperation for the purposes of further implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building, making use of the Russian expert potential;
g) rational use of natural resources, sustainable production and consumption;
h) informing and raising public awareness on environmental protection issues;
i) assistance to the implementation of environmental agreements and programs, which exist under the auspices of United Nations and where the Parties are participating;
j) assistance to the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding of 2009 between the Organizational Committee “Sochi -2014” and UNEP in the context of the preparation of the Olympic Winter Games 2014, Sochi, Russian Federation, as well as accounting of acquired experience, implications and planning of possible follow-up activities beyond the year 2014.
The Agreement is supplemented by a rolling Work Plan for 2-4 year periods that is regularly updated.
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