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Geneva looks at air pollution issues that affect Lithuania

2013-12-10

A week-long 32nd session of the Executive Body for the United Nations Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (hereinafter Convention) took place on the 9th of December in the UN headquarters in Geneva. The Lithuanian presidency primarily aims to facilitate an international consensus.

The Convention is the first legally binding international instrument to fight air pollution problems on a wide multilateral platform. It is the principal document setting out the general principles for international cooperation on reducing air pollution and an institutional framework [structure] that blends science and politics. The Convention’s eight protocols list control and pollution reduction requirements for emissions of sulphur and its compounds, nitrogen oxides, volatile organic pollutants, ammonia, persistent organic pollutants, heavy metals and solid particles.

During the annual session of the Executive Body, which is the supreme body of the Convention, decisions on the implementation of the Convention are made and further actions are discussed.

The goal of the 32nd session of the Executive Body is to decide on the revision of the 1998 Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants and amendments to the 1994 Protocol on Further Reduction of Sulphur Emissions and the Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (hereinafter the Gothenburg Protocol) and to approve the guidance documents of the Gothenburg Protocol.

The session participants will discuss and decide on actions to implement the long-term strategy of the Convention, implementation of the Convention’s work plan for 2012-2013, approval of the Convention’s work plan for 2014-2015, approval of the Convention’s budget for 2014, compliance with the Convention’s provisions and other important issues. Discussions will take place contemporaneously in two working groups.

The EU position as regards arising issues and problems will be coordinated additionally and, if necessary, adjusted at coordination meetings of EU Member States, which will be part of the session.

Public information division
10 December 2013

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas