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Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education for Sustainable Development 6-7 September Tbilisi, Georgia INFORMATION NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS Contents Conference Background ................................................................................................................................................... 2 Conference Objectives ..................................................................................................................................................... 2 Online Registration for the Conference ......................................................................................................................... 3 On-site Registration ......................................................................................................................................................... 3 Conference Venue ............................................................................................................................................................ 3 Working Language............................................................................................................................................................ 4 Paper-smart Policy ........................................................................................................................................................... 4 Working Hours .................................................................................................................................................................. 4 Documentation and Adoption of Tbilisi+35 Outcome Document .................................................................................. 4 Draft Recommendations and Amendments .................................................................................................................... 4 Presidency and Secretariat ............................................................................................................................................. 5 Observers and Other Participants .................................................................................................................................... 5 Advance Communication of Speeches and Statements / Proceeding of the Conference ........................................ 5 Bilateral Meetings............................................................................................................................................................ 6 Financial Assistance ......................................................................................................................................................... 6 Accommodation................................................................................................................................................................ 6 Transportation .................................................................................................................................................................. 7 Insurance .......................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Formalities for Entry into Georgia .................................................................................................................................... 7 Cultural Events, Side Tours and Receptions ..................................................................................................................... 7 Meals ................................................................................................................................................................................ 8 Medical Services and First Aid ........................................................................................................................................ 9 Credit Cards, Currency and Foreign Exchange ................................................................................................................ 9


Weather ............................................................................................................................................................................ 9 Time Zone ......................................................................................................................................................................... 9 Electricity and Sockets ...................................................................................................................................................... 9 Security ............................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Contacts .......................................................................................................................................................................... 10

Conference Background

The Intergovernmental Conference Tbilisi+35: Environmental Education for Sustainable Development will bring together over 300 delegates from all parts of the world to carry forward the global appeal for environmental education as a means for sustainable development set forth by the Tbilisi Declaration of 1977. The Declaration was adopted at the world’s First Intergovernmental Conference on Environmental Education organized in Tbilisi, Georgia, by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in cooperation with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP). The Tbilisi Declaration established a framework for formal and non-formal environmental education activities at the local, national, and international levels and provided “fundamental principles for the proposals” in Agenda 21 and a set of other documents and global initiatives that followed. This Declaration marks the milestone in environmental education as the first attempt to link the environmental issues with the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of human behavior and their interdependence. The Conference Tbilisi+35 shares the same vision of a world in which prosperity, environmental sustainability, and social equality in all forms coexist and mutually reinforce each other. Conference Objectives

Tbilisi+35 commemorates the 1977 Tbilisi Declaration and 35 years of global educational efforts toward a sustainable world. By building upon the existing legacy, the Conference intends:   

To provide a platform for decision-makers to enhance international cooperation for a concerted action towards the sustainable future; To acknowledge achievements of the global community in the implementation of Environmental Education (EE) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); To address the need for a balanced approach between environmental conservation and development, as well as persisting and emerging challenges of sustainable development and education, including but not limited to poverty, unequal access to schooling, uneven distribution of resources and opportunities, increased pressure on the carrying capacity of ecosystems and climate change; To develop recommendations in light of the developments particularly those resulting from the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.


Tbilisi+35 will feature six plenary and work sessions, which will lay the groundwork for reinforced concerted global action on education and sustainable development. The outcome of the Conference – The Tbilisi CommuniquÊ - will be a document that outlines a new global environmental education agenda beyond 2015 to meet current needs and future challenges.

Online Registration for the Conference

Registration for Tbilisi+35 is made online through the official Conference website: www.tbilisiplus35.ge. The registration form includes conference registration and registration for side tours. When your conference registration has been processed, you will receive confirmation by email. If you encounter any difficulties while registering online, please download the application form (PDF/Word) to your hard drive. Once completed, please send it electronically to the following address: tbilisiplus35@moe.gov.ge. Each country representative other than Heads of State or Government and Ministers/Deputy Ministers shall submit nomination letters from their respective Ministries upon registration but not later than 6 August 2012. On-site Registration

Tbilisi+35 Information Desks will be located in the arrival terminal of the Tbilisi International Airport. Registration Desks will be available at the hotels with respective signs/logos. Please, kindly register upon arrival to the hotel on September 4 and 5 or at the Conference venue on September 6 and 7. Each participant will be issued a Delegate ID badge for access to the meeting venue and all related cultural events. Conference Venue

The Intergovernmental Conference, Environmental Education for Sustainable Development: Tbilisi+35, will be held at the Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel in Tbilisi. The hotel is located in the heart of the historic district, just minutes from the flourishing political, business, and entertainment center, and 15 kilometers from Tbilisi International Airport. Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel Telavi street 20 0103 Tbilisi Georgia http://www.sheraton.com/tbilisi


Working Language

The Conference will be held in English ONLY. Paper-smart Policy

Please note that the Conference is planned to be paper-smart. Utilization of any type of paper during the Conference will be minimized. Therefore, all the Conference related documents among them the Conference Agenda and the Draft Conference Outcome Document will be distributed in e-version. In this regard, the delegates are kindly recommended to use the e-versions in their PCs or bring their own copies if strictly necessary. However, the printing facilities will be provided in the Conference lobby and the conference staff are able produce a copy for you if requested at least 3 hours in advance. Thank you for following the Conference paper smart policy.

Working Hours

The estimated daily working hours of the Conference will be from 09:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. Exact schedule is to be determined. The final conference agenda will be posted to the Conference website at: www.tbilisiplus35.ge. Documentation and Adoption of Tbilisi+35 Outcome Document

The following documents will be presented to the Conference for adoption: a. The Conference Agenda; b. The Tbilisi Communiqué. The draft Tbilisi Communiqué will be uploaded for public input to the Conference website at: www.tbilisiplus35.ge by 13 August 2012. Adoption of the documents will be done by consensus. If no consensus is reached, decision shall be taken by a majority of those members present and voting.

Draft Recommendations and Amendments

Delegates who wish to submit their recommendations on the draft Communiqué are requested to send their comments in English not later than 1 September 2012 to the Conference Secretariat. Please note that recommendations/comments received after the deadline shall not be considered. When applicable the comments/recommendations on the draft Tbilisi Communiqué will be negotiated with the respective party. The integrated text will be submitted to the Conference Expert Group comprised of the international EE/ESD experts, representatives of the Conference


Secretariat and the partner organizations for final review of the Draft Tbilisi Communiqué by the delegations. The finalized draft shall be distributed among the participants prior to the Conference commencement. The focal point for the issues related to the Tbilisi Communiqué is: Dr. Eka Siradze Legal Advisor e-mail: siradze@moe.gov.ge.

Presidency and Secretariat

The conference will be opened by a high-level representative of the Government of Georgia who shall preside until the President for the Conference has been appointed. The governing body of the conference (president, vice-presidents, co-chairs and secretary) will be appointed to represent all three partners of the conference as well as participating countries. The Conference will be led by the Conference President or either of the two Vice-Presidents. Each session will be led by a co-Chair. In total for each plenary Session two co-Chairs will be appointed. The work of the Conference will be arranged by the Secretariat led by the Secretary of the Conference, appointed thereto. No delegate may take the floor without obtaining the permission from the President or Session CoChair. Observers and Other Participants

Observers at the Conference are either invited persons or representatives of invited organizations, including NGOs. Observers have the right to speak only on the invitation of the President of the Conference and/or Chair of the Session Chair; they shall have access to the documents of the Conference. Advance Communication of Speeches and Statements / Proceeding of the Conference

When prepared speeches or statements are to be made by high-level delegates during the Conference, it is essential that their texts (in English) are sent in advance to the Secretariat at: siradze@moe.gov.ge. The Secretariat is responsible for recording of the plenary sessions of the Conference and publishing the proceedings of the Conference, which at least shall contain:  the lists of participants (members and observers);  the verbatim record of the plenary sessions of the Conference;  the Speeches of high-level Delegates;  the resolution of the Conference.


The proceedings of the Conference will be uploaded to the Conference official website at: www.tbilisiplus35.ge. Bilateral Meetings

Delegations seeking bilateral meetings during Conference hours should contact the Conference Communications Officer at: bujiashvili@moe.gov.ge at least two weeks prior to the commencement of the Conference. Financial Assistance

Please note that delegates from developing countries and countries with economies in transition may apply for funding to participate in the Conference including covering the costs of visas, flights, and accommodation. The Government of Georgia will provide financial support for a maximum of two participants from each developing country and country with economy in transition on a first come first serve basis (the Minister/Deputy Minister plus one delegate from each country). Please note that the financial support does not cover DSA, health and travel insurance.

Accommodation

Rooms have been reserved for all Conference participants at specially negotiated rates at the following hotels:

 Sheraton Metechi Palace Hotel 20 Telavi Str. Tbilisi, Georgia

 Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel 1 Rose Revolution Square Tbilisi, Georgia

 Holiday Inn Hotel Tbilisi 26 May Square Tbilisi, Georgia The Conference Secretariat will arrange hotel bookings and provide further details about accommodation to every guest after confirmation of participation.


Transportation

From the Tbilisi International Airport to the Hotels: Information Desks will be set up in the Tbilisi International Airport. Transportation will be provided upon arrival for all participants from the airport to their respective hotels (for the hotels please check the section on accommodation above) and also upon departure. You will find Conference support staff in t-shirts with Tbilisi+35 logos and an Information Desk set up in the airport arrival terminal. Conference participants will be welcomed by Tbilisi+35 Secretariat representatives who will accompany them to their respective shuttles. From Hotels to the Conference Venue: Complimentary shuttle services will be provided from the hotel to the Conference. Conference support staff in t-shirts with Tbilisi+35 logos will provide further information on shuttle schedules. Funded participants are kindly requested to submit boarding passes to the Secretariat staff upon arrival and send scanned copies of the boarding passes after departure. Insurance

Conference participants are advised to arrange their own health and travel insurance prior to travelling to Tbilisi. The Conference Organizers will not assume any responsibility for accidents, losses or damages. Formalities for Entry into Georgia

Visitors travelling to Georgia may need a visa for entrance. YOU ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO CHECK THE LINK BELOW FOR DETAILS SPECIFIC TO YOUR COUNTRY. A list of countries exempt from visa requirements for entry to the territory of Georgia can be found from the official webpage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia: http://mfa.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=96. For those who require visa assistance, arrangements (including of cost related issues) will be made by the Tbilisi+35 Conference Secretariat in advance to collect the visa upon arrival. Should you require a letter of invitation please notify the Tbilisi +35 Conference Secretariat in advance, and please mail a colored scanned copy of your passport to the Conference Communication Officer, Ms. Sophio Bujiashvili: bujiashvili@moe.gov.ge. Cultural Events, Side Tours and Receptions

A number of cultural events and side tours are planned for participants during the Conference, including excursions, a traditional music concert and a classical music evening. Participants are kindly asked to register for the side tours in advance.


5 September 11:0019.30

Side Tour to Sighnaghi (full day) Archeological Museum, Georgian Wine Degustation Lunch

14:0019.30

Side Tour to Mtskheta (half day) Historical Monuments, Svetickhoveli Cathedral (11th Century), Jvari Church (6th Century), Renovated City

15:0019.30

Side Tour in Tbilisi (half day) Old Tbilisi, Georgian Art Museum, Occupation Museum, Sulfur Baths

Detailed information about the side tours as well as the video tour of the side events can also be checked at the official website for Tbilisi+35 www.tbilisiplus35.ge. Meals

Group meal arrangements have been made by the Tbilisi+35 Secretariat for Conference participants. All breakfasts are served by respective hotels. Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Lunch Dress Code – Casual Conference participants who do not participate in excursions will be offered lunch at respective hotels. For those participating in side tours:  Sighnaghi – lunch will be provided during the tour;  Tbilisi – lunch will be provided in respective hotels before the tour;  Mtskheta - lunch will be provided in respective hotels before the tour. Dinner Dress Code – Business Casual Conference participants will attend a traditional Georgian dinner accompanied by the traditional music (20:00 – 23:30). Thursday, September 6, 2012 Lunch Provided at the Conference venue. Dinner Dress Code – Business Casual Conference participants will attend a Welcome Dinner accompanied by classical music (20:00 – 23:30). Friday, September 7, 2012 Lunch Provided at the Conference venue. Dinner Dress Code – Business Casual Conference participants will attend a Farewell Dinner at an open air lounge accompanied by live music (19:00).


Medical Services and First Aid

Medical and first aid services will be available on the Conference premises. Medical services may also be provided by hotels. In case of an emergency, please dial: 112. Credit Cards, Currency and Foreign Exchange

The Georgian currency is the Lari (GEL). Foreign exchange bureaus and banks will provide the necessary information and measures of exchange rates and transfer. It is possible to change foreign currency into Lari in the main city hotels. Current exchange rates can be found at: www.nbg.ge. The following credit cards are accepted: VISA, Master Card and (in some areas) American Express (restricted). Weather

Weather in September in Tbilisi is generally comfortable with moderate precipitation levels. Average temperature varies from +18째C to +30째C. If participating in excursions, warm clothes and solid shoes are advisable. Time Zone

The standard time zone is GMT/ UTC +4 hour. Electricity and Sockets

The electrical currents in Georgia are 220 Volts, 50 Hertz; the plugs are as shown in the illustration below.

Security

Tbilisi is a safe city and violent crime is very unusual. However, petty theft is not uncommon. Normal precautions should be taken, including keeping track of your wallet or other valuables on crowded buses and trains. The police are extremely helpful. As a rule, the city police are intermediate in spoken English so you can rest assured they can assist you in case of trouble.


Contacts

In case of further questions please contact: Ms. Sophio Bujiashvili (Communications Officer) Cell:

+955591913125

Phone: +995322727222 Email: bujiashvili@moe.gov.ge Fax:

+995322727221

Information Note for Participants  

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