The Eastern Partnership summit, which took place in Brussels on Nov 24, 2017, adopted its Joint Declaration. This general political statement includes environmental issues, which indicates the increasing role of sustainable development, environmental protection and climate change threats in the national agendas of the EU member-states and countries of the Eastern Partnership region. In particular, the EU and EaP countries:
- Support delivery on the key global policy goals set by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and by the Paris Agreement on Climate Change;
- Promote inclusive sustainable growth and confirm commitment to transition towards greener, more efficient and sustainable economies and to enhanced climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, as well as to addressing environmental challenges.
- Stressed that timely implementation of multilateral agreements and comprehensive reforms in these areas remain key.
- Recognized importance of ‘20 Deliverables for 2020’ plan. The plan includes a number of key steps related to the environment: development of river basin management plans, identification of environmental risks for the Black Sea, development of legislation for strategic environmental assessments and impact assessments, improved access to environmental data and promotion of sustainable exploitation of marine living resources.
A key element for such declarations is the need for practical implementation. Recently, the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine presented a Roadmap for implementation of the Luxembourg Declaration on environmental governance in Ukraine.