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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
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GPA IGR-2 sends draft Beijing Declaration to Ministers

On Wednesday morning, delegates at GPA IGR-2 met in plenary to hear a report of Tuesday's partnership workshops and discuss the Progress Report for 2002-2006; Guidance for the Implementation of the GPA 2007-2011; UNEP/GPA Coordination Office Programme of Work 2007-2011; and the draft elements of the Beijing Declaration. The Beijing Declaration working group met in the morning.

Above: Delegates in plenary.


Wednesday, 18 October
Plenary


This session was chaired by Rejoice Mabudafhasi, South Africa.

David Osborne, Australia, presented a report on the outcomes of Tuesday's 19 workshops, which he said were positive and constructive.

Veerle Vandeweerd, Coordinator, UNEP/GPA Coordination Office, presented the Progress Report, Guidance document, and Programme of Work.

Yue Ruisheng, China, said much has been accomplished under the GPA, including the development of National Plans of Action by over 60 countries.

Norway, on behalf of the OSPAR Commission, reported on activities under the OSPAR Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic.

Victor Zveibil, Brazil, expressed concern with the low representation of Latin American countries at IGR-2, and stressed South-South cooperation.

Torkil Jønch-Clausen, Global Water Partnership, called for a stronger link between freshwater and oceans.

Morocco highlighted several areas, including innovative financing mechanisms for developing countries, technology transfer, information dissemination, and monitoring.

Ardi Stoios-Braken, the Netherlands, reaffirmed support for hosting the Coordination Office in The Hague, and expressed preference for its activities to be conducted at a "medium" level of resources.

Liu Guozhi, China, underlined developing countries' need for financial, technical and management capability support.

Sateeaved Seebaluck, Mauritius, recalled the Bali Strategic Plan on capacity building, and spoke of closer cooperation between the GPA and multilateral environmental agreements.

The United Kingdom highlighted assessment work, proposed funding the Coordination Office at the "appropriate" level, and asked it to prepare annual work plans.
Beijing Declaration Working Group

China Forum

Around IGR-2

The Islamic Republic of Iran makes an intervention.

SEPA's Tian Shan with Jingyan, one of the many student volunteers who work to keep the conference running smoothly.

DOALOS Director Vladimir Golitsyn and Biliana Cicin-Sain of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands.

Chefs prepare an ice sculpture of angelfish and coral for the evening's reception, hosted by UNEP/GPA.

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