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UNEP GPA 2nd Intergovernmental Review
of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection
of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities

Beijing | 16-20 October 2006
United Nations
 

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Partnerships and Memoranda abound at GPA IGR-2

On Tuesday morning, delegates at GPA IGR-2 met in Plenary to hear reports from the three breakout sessions on the way forward with National Programmes of Action that took place on Monday. Throughout the rest of the day, 19 partnership workshops were held. The Beijing Declaration working group met at lunchtime and in the evening. Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) between UNEP/GPA, the Ramsar Convention and the International Ocean Institute were signed in the evening.

Above: Peter Bridgewater, Executive Secretary, Ramsar Convention, and Awni Behnam, President, International Ocean Institute, sign an MOU while Veerle Vandeweerd, Coordinator, UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, looks on.


Tuesday, 17 October
Plenary


Dagmara Berbalk, Germany, summarized the outcomes of the group on mainstreaming the GPA into national development planning.

Magnús Jóhannesson, Iceland, summarized the outcomes of the group on financing the implementation of the GPA.

Elizabeth Thompson, Barbados, reviewed the outcomes of the group on strengthening national legislative and institutional frameworks, which facilitate the implementation of the GPA.

Côte d'Ivoire suggested extending the polluter-pays principle to include levies on households.

Lebanon urged delegates to remember marine pollution caused by armed conflicts.

Palestine agreed that marine pollution caused by land-based combat activities was an overlooked topic.
Partnership Workshops

Strategic Partnerships for International Waters in GEF: Mainstreaming GPA in Transboundary Basins and in Large Marine Ecosystems

Moving Towards a Successful Implementation of Sustainable Sanitation Services

Advancing JPOI Targets on Ecosystem Management and in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management Through the GPA: Global Reporting and Case Studies

Establishing an Information Portal on Waste Management for SIDS
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Beijing Declaration Drafting Group

The Beijing Declaration drafting group met during lunch and in the evening, and is expected to have text finalized in time for the arrival of ministers on Thursday.
Memoranda of Understanding

Peter Bridgewater, Executive Secretary, Ramsar Convention, and Veerle Vandeweerd, Coordinator, UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, shake hands after signing a memorandum of understanding.

Peter Bridgewater, Executive Secretary, Ramsar Convention, and Awni Behnam, President, International Ocean Institute, after signing a memorandum of understanding.

Veerle Vandeweerd, Coordinator, UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, and Awni Behnam, President, International Ocean Institute, after signing a memorandum of understanding.
Around IGR-2

Delegates conferred after plenary.

Veerle Vandeweerd, UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, and Dagmara Berbalk, Germany.

Chua Thai-Eng, Regional Programme Director, PEMSEA, and Langston "Kimo" Goree, Director, IISD Reporting Services, discuss PEMSEA's upcoming East Asian Seas Congress.

Related Links

UNEP Global Programme of Action
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
World Ocean Network
Gerald Mangone Center for Marine Policy
Stakeholder Forum - GPA

Related Coverage

3rd Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands
Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, 2003
Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10, 2001
GPA IGR-1
East Asian Seas Congress 2006

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