On 22 May 2013 the celebration on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable Development of the Carpathians (Carpathian Convention) was organized at Vienna International Centre by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine with the support of the Interim Secretariat.
The ceremony gathered Ambassadors of the Carpathian Convention countries in Vienna, EC, representatives of the past and current Presidencies, Focal Points of the Carpathian countries, representatives of other international organizations, ICPDR, OSCE, Alpine Convention, UNEP-Vienna Interim Secretariat, representatives of the mass-media, other partners and observers.
The representatives of the international community took the opportunity to jointly celebrate the achievements and successes for promoting the sustainable development of the Carpathian region, based on protection of its natural and cultural assets and their preservation for the future generation.
All participants highly assessed activities undertaken within the framework of the Carpathian convention on the elaboration of legislative and operational mechanisms for protection of ecosystems of the Carpathians. The Convention today is an important platform for promotion of the cooperation among the countries and the sustainable development of the region. It strengthens cooperation between EU Member States and non-EU countries and facilitates the implementation of EU policies in all the Parties of the Convention.
The Carpathian Convention was adopted on 22 May 2003 by Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine and entered into force in 2006. As of today, the Biodiversity Protocol and the Protocol on Sustainable Tourism to the Convention are also in force. The Protocol on Sustainable Forest Management has been adopted and signed by most of the Countries. Ukraine is the depositary country of the Carpathian Convention and its Protocols.