Bavaria organized the First Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions in Munich in 2002. Only California was unable to attend. At the end of the meeting, the Heads of government signed the Final Declaration entitled Policy for Generations.
The Declaration sets out their intention to foster intensive dialogue and closer cooperation on a policy of sustainable development that assumes responsibility for current and future generations.
It also targets the development and implementation of multilateral cooperation programmes in the fields of education, health, professional training, and economic and technological exchanges.
Other commitments were made at the First Conference, including the creation of a working group of Ministers in charge of sustainable development in order to develop common aims and define model projects. A first ministerial meeting was held in Munich in May 2002, which led to the adoption of the Joint Declaration of the Partner Regions on Sustainable Development.
A Few Achievements of the First Conference
- The Joint Declaration of the Partner Regions on Sustainable Development adopted by the working group of Ministers in charge of sustainable development in May 2002 in Munich, which was made public in August 2002 just prior to the Johannesburg Summit and which was forwarded to the UN Secretary General by Upper Austria.
- The Xchange of Visions - Penfriends for Sustainability project, which was co-ordinated by Upper Austria and enables students in the partner regions to discuss their visions of sustainable development.
- The International Youth Media Workshop held in February 2004, in Munich, which brought together young people from each partner region and led to the creation of a website to promote their concerns and hopes.
The Second Conference of Partner Regions was held in Québec City on December 9 and 10, 2004. It brought together the Heads of government of the partner regions, with the exception of the Governor of California, who was unable to attend. The Second Conference focused on two issues related to sustainable development-young people and technological development-in keeping with the Declaration signed at the First Conference.
The participating Heads of government signed a Summary of Decisions. This document lists actions the signatory governments were to take before the Third Conference, held in Linz, Upper Austria, on July 11 and 12, 2006.
The themes were discussed at two simultaneous workshops held the day before the Conference, on December 8, 2004. One of the workshops brought together experts in the field of innovation and technological development while the other brought together young people aged 18 to 26 from each of the partner regions. The participants in the two workshops presented their conclusions and recommendations to the Heads of government on December 9, 2004.
A Few Achievements
- Québec and Bavarian companies participated in World Sustainable Energy Day in March 2005 in Upper Austria and Upper Austria invited the partner regions to participate in World Sustainable Energy Day in March 2006.
- The Premier of Québec invited the Heads of government of the partner regions to participate in the Leaders Summit on Climate Change on December 6, 2005, in Montréal.
- Québec participated in the Life Science Forum in February 2005 in Bavaria and Bavaria participated in BioContact in October 2005 in Québec.
- Shandong invited the partner regions to participate in the International Medical Imaging Conference, which will be held in April 2006 in Jinan.
- In February 2006, Québec developed and launched a website featuring a list of trade and technology fairs and a virtual library where relevant documents can be posted and consulted by the partners.
- Québec created a discussion forum for young people on the website of the partner regions. This forum will enabled young people to express their opinions and discuss issues such as democracy, the environment, globalisation, etc in order to develop and strengthen ties between young people in the partner regions.
The Premier of Québec visited Shandong in September 2005 during his mission to China. He was accompanied by representatives of Québec dairy and pork producers looking to create ties with Shandong, one of the most important agricultural regions in China. Domtar was also represented because it was seeking to set up joint production ventures with companies in Shandong province.
During his visit to Shandong, Québec Premier Jean Charest and Shandong Governor Han Yuqun signed a Joint Declaration laying the foundations for cooperation in the fields of intergovernmental relations, culture, tourism, education and training.
- The Minister-President of Bavaria, the Minister-President of Upper Austria and the Governor of the State of São Paulo met in Munich on September 5, 2005, and signed a Declaration regarding the adherence of the State of São Paulo (German) to the Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions.
- Bavarian Environment Minister, Werner Schnappauf, led a mission to São Paulo and Québec in September and October 2005.
- Québec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Wildlife, Thomas Mulcair, met with Upper Austrian Minister of the Environment, Rudof Anschober, on April 27, 2005, in Linz, Upper Austria.
The Third Conference of Heads of Government of Partner Regions was held in Linz, Upper Austria, on July 11 and 12, 2006.
In addition to officially welcoming the State of São Paulo, the heads of government discussed education, science and technology, renewable energy and solidarity between peoples.Back to top
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