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Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) and Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution (GPA)

23-24 and 25-26 January 2012 | Manila, Philippines
 
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Summary Highlights of the Meeting

Thursday, 26 January 2012

On Thursday, the high-level segment of the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA) convened in Manila, the Philippines. UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed and Secretary of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Ramon Paje welcomed Ministers and delegates and called for scaling up GPA implementation. Delegates and Ministers discussed policy issues in relation to the further implementation of the GPA. GPA Coordinator Vincent Sweeney presented and delegates commented on the Draft Programme of Work for the GPA Coordination Office for 2012-2016 (UNEP/GPA/IGR.3/4). Delegates agreed to forward the Programme of Work to the UNEP Governing Council for consideration. On Thursday morning during the high-level segment, delegates heard a brief report on the progress of the working group on the Manila Declaration. Drafting group Chair Meñes requested additional time to finalize the document. The plenary was suspended at 11:50 am to allow the drafting group further time for negotiations. At 4:45 pm the plenary reconvened and drafting group Chair Meñes presented the Draft Manila Declaration paragraph-by-paragraph.

Delegates adopted the Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA at 6:36 pm. Delegates then adopted the report of the session (UNEP/GPA/IGR.3/L.1) and the meeting closed at 6:58 pm.

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Group photo of Ministers and senior officials attending the Third Intergovernmental Review of the Global Programme of Action.
 
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View of the plenary during the High-Level Segment.

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L-R: Maggie M. Garcia, Resident Manager, EDSA Shanggri-La; IGR-3 Chair Ramon Paje; and Jake Meimban, DENR, the Philippines

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L-R: Jake Meimban, DENR, the Philippines; Secretary J.R. Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, the Philippines; and Marizel Libertine Calpito, DENR, the Philippines

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GR-3 Chair Paje gavelled the meeting to a close at 6:58 pm.

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IGR-3 delegates from China

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Jake Meimban (center), DENR, the Philippines posing with local staff.

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Secretary J.R. Nereus Acosta (center), Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, the Philippines with UN and local staff members.

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UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed, giving a certificate of appreciation to Alfred Duda, GEF.
 

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

On Wednesday, the Technical Segment of the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA) convened in Manila, the Philippines. The meeting began with statements by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed and Under-Secretary of the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Analiza Rebuelta Teh. Delegates then elected officers, including IGR-3 Chair Teh, and adopted the agenda and programme of work, deciding to discuss the Manila Declaration in plenary.

The Secretariat presented the summary report of the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections. Delegates also discussed the progress report on the implementation of the Programme and the activities of the Coordination Office since 2007 (UNEP/GPA/IGR.3/2), the policy guidance for implementing the GPA over the period 2012-2016 (UNEP/GPA/IGR.3/3), and the Draft Programme of Work for the GPA Coordination Office for 2012-2016 (UNEP/GPA/IGR.3/4). Delegates then discussed the Draft Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GAP (UNEP/GPA/IGR.3/5). The technical segment of IGR-3 then closed. The IGR-3 will reconvene in the morning for its high-level segment. A drafting group met in the evening to continue discussions on the Manila Declaration.

During lunch UNEP launched the report on “Green Economy in a Blue World” and in the evening launched a joint UNEP/Global Environment Facility (GEF) project on global foundations for reducing nutrient enrichment.

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L-R: IGR-3 Chair Analiza Rebuelta Teh, Under-Secretary, DENR, the Philippines; UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed; and Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP
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L-R: GLOC Co-Chairs Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, UNESCO-IOC; and Raphael Lotilla, Executive Director, PEMSEA, reported on the outcome of GLOC.

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Analiza Rebuelta Teh, Under-Secretary, DENR, the Philippines and Mundita Lim, DENR, the Philippines
 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

On Tuesday, the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) reconvened to continue developing recommendations for the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), which will take place immediately after the GLOC from 25-27 January 2012, in Manila, the Philippines.

The morning began with a moderated plenary session to consider the reports from the breakout groups that took place on Monday: managing the global nutrient cycle; marine litter; coastal ecosystems; wastewater; and deltas. This plenary was followed by a moderated expert panel addressing “a green economy in a blue world – the contribution of marine and coastal ecosystems and management to move towards higher use efficiency, sustainable food, and water security and improved water quality.” Participants then split into breakout groups to discuss specific issues including: regional seas; Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UN agencies; integrated water resources management (IWRM) – linking IWRM and the coastal zone; and ecosystem-based coastal planning and management. The conference closed with a moderated plenary session to consider reports from the day two breakout groups and a final plenary session to introduce draft elements for a report from the GLOC to IGR-3. Two side events took place: one on addressing nutrient reduction and hypoxia through GEF’s catalytic action; and another demonstrating a policy toolbox in support of making right policy choices to address nutrient over-enrichment of coastal waters. The conference closed at 05:39 pm.

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Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos giving his opening address.
 

Monday, 23 January 2012

On Monday, the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) convened in Manila, the Philippines with the object of providing recommendations for the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), which will take place immediately after the GLOC from 25-27 January 2012, in Manila, the Philippines.

Participants were welcomed to the conference by Secretary Ramon Paje, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippines, Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, and the former President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos. Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist, UNEP, then presented on UNEP’s Foresight Process to Identify Emerging Global Issues. Next, the conference split into breakout groups for in-depth discussions of specific issues, including: managing the global nutrient cycle; marine litter; coastal ecosystems; wastewater and deltas. The breakout sessions were organized around speakers, panel sessions and discussions. A closed workshop of the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), on the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency supported project on 'Spatial Planning in the Coastal Zone – Disaster Prevention and Sustainable Development', also took place in the afternoon.

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Ramon Paje, Secretary, DENR, the Philippines

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Fidel V. Ramos, former President of the Philippines

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Ibrahim Thiaw, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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Joe Alcamo, UNEP

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action (GPA)

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Jacqueline Alder, UNEP

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Cocktail reception hosted by the Government of the Philippines
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Jejomar Binay, Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines

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Related Links
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) - Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) resources
*GPA IGR-3 website
*GPA IGR-3 documents
*GPA IGR-3 annotated provisional agenda
*Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) website
*GLOC provisional agenda
*GPA website
*Background information about the GPA
*Text of the GPA

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