RESOLUTION ON CO-OPERATION ON THE TRANSITION TO A GREEN ECONOMY IN THE CONTEXT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    1. Taking into account the significant developments in recent decades in the economic and environmental situation in the OSCE region, which not only have had a positive effect, but have also resulted in the emergence of new threats and challenges of an economic and environmental nature,
    2. Stressing the determination of the participating States to counteract these economic and environmental threats and challenges through comprehensive use of OSCE capacities and comparative advantages,
    3. Recalling the commitments of the participating States to support and promote initiatives for sustainable development and to take the necessary steps to implement international conventions and agreements on environmental protection as set out in CSCE/OSCE documents,
    4. Noting in particular the provisions of the 2003 OSCE Strategy Document for the Economic and Environmental Dimension concerning co-operation on ensuring sustainable development and environmental protection,
    5. Referring to the commitments of the participating States to improve good environmental governance, as set out in the OSCE 2007 Madrid Declaration on Environment and Security,
    6. Recalling the provisions relating to the transition to a green economy contained in the Monaco Declaration adopted at the 2012 Annual Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, including the resolution on promotion and use of new and renewable sources of energy,
    7. Taking note of ongoing UN activities as well as other regional initiatives, mechanisms and institutions to promote a more widespread implementation of green economy principles and standards,
    8. Recalling United Nations General Assembly resolutions 66/288 on the future we want and 67/215 on the promotion of new and renewable sources of energy,
    9. Aware that the introduction of green economy principles plays a significant role in the achievement by the participating States of internationally agreed development goals,
    10. Noting the importance of increasing the availability of green technologies and the implementation of best available techniques for a comprehensive prevention and control of environmental pollution,
    11. Recognizing that the OSCE has a broad regulatory and institutional framework for promoting regional and global co-operation and dialogue on the transition to a green economy in the context of sustainable development,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Stresses the importance of providing comprehensive assistance for sustainable development in the OSCE region through a balanced strengthening of its economic, social and ecological components;
    2. Considers the green economy to be an important instrument for achieving sustainable development and environmental security and calls on the participating States to take consistent measures to implement green principles in national economies;
    3. Supports the UN role in promoting principles of sustainable development in the international agenda and welcomes the UN Secretary-General's idea of creating a mechanism to facilitate the development, transfer and dissemination of environmentally clean technologies;
    4. Notes the importance of enhancing co-operation and co-ordination of interaction among public institutions, civil society and the private sector on implementing green economy principles in national strategies and programmes for sustainable development;
    5. Calls on participating States to create favourable conditions for State and private investment in the development of environmentally cleaner technologies and to facilitate the mobilization of financial investments in the creation of mechanisms for the transfer of innovative technologies and their adaptation to specific country needs, as well as the recruitment of qualified specialists and the training of national staff;
    6. Calls on participating States to elaborate and implement measures for the liberalization and establishment of a preferential trade regime for environmental goods and services in the context of the creation of favourable conditions for environmental growth and sustainable development;
    7. Calls on participating States to take into account the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and the introduction of green principles at different speeds, depending on the level of socio-economic development of States;
    8. Urges participating States to refrain from adopting or applying any unilateral discriminatory economic, financial or trade measures that are contrary to international law or limit or prevent the achievement of green economy goals in the context of sustainable development;
    9. Calls on participating States to provide, on a bilateral and multilateral basis, international technical assistance and technological support for the development, transfer and dissemination of environmentally clean technologies, including through the establishment of a voluntary fund for the transfer of green technologies;
    10. Calls on participating States to encourage the establishment of national and regional technology transfer centres and to facilitate co-ordination between them, with a view to ultimately creating a single international centre for the exchange of energy technologies;
    11. Calls on participating States and the OSCE executive structures to intensify co-operation with States, international and regional organizations and financial institutions on providing financial, technical, consultative and other assistance for the development and introduction of green technologies;
    12. Suggests that consideration be given at a Parliamentary Assembly event to the promotion of co-operation on issues relating to the transition to a green economy in the OSCE region;
    13. Calls on the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities and other OSCE executive structures to help the participating States of the OSCE region introduce green economy principles and raise awareness of their relevance for sustainable development;
    14. Recommends that the OSCE hold an expert meeting with a view to sharing experience on the transition to a green economy in the context of sustainable development and best practices in implementing green principles in the national economy.