At its sixteenth session, in October 2009, the Committee decided on the two main themes for the Conference: Sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems; and Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development. Whilst the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, at the same time the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.
The Extended Bureau of the Committee met in March 2010 to advance the preparations of a draft outline of the Conference agenda with a view to submit it to the Committee's seventeenth session in November 2010 for consideration and adoption. Following the meeting of the Extended Bureau, the Committee's Bureau with support from the secretariat will prepare a draft outline of the Conference agenda for the seventeenth session.
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