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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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Highlights for 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.

Pat Tubig, the Manila Water mascot used to raise water awareness in the greater Manila area.
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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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IGR-3 Chair Analiza Rebuelta Teh, Under-Secretary, DENR, the Philippines, giving her opening remarks.

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UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed, giving her opening statement.

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

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Clement Lewsey, US

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Caroline Linares, Argentina

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Manuel Gerochi, the Philippines

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Dais during the afternoon plenary session.
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Takehiro Nakamura, UNEP

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action

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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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View of the plenary in session.
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Kaj Sanders, the Netherlands

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Liu Guozhi, China

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Chhun Vannak, Cambodia

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Zaenal Arifin, Indonesia

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Fritz Clerveau Piere, Haiti

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Side Event: Launch of Green Economy in a Blue World - Synthesis
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Jacqueline Alder, UNEP

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Linwood Pendleton, Duke University, presenting the Green Economy in a Blue World synthesis.

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Christian Neumann, UNEP/GRID Arendal

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Len Garces, WorldFish Center

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Jose Padilla, UNDP

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Brenda Pimentel, International Maritime Organization

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Kathleen Abdalla, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs

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Chris O'Brien, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

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View of the side event launch of the "Green Economy in Blue World - Synthesis."

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Side Event: GEF International Waters Support for the GPA
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View of the side event on GEF International Waters Support for the GPA.

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Chuck Chaitovitz, Global Environment and Technology Foundation

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action, presented the Caribbean experience with the GEF support for the GPA.

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Vladymir Memev, moderated the side event.

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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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