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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 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.

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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IGR-3 Chair Ramon Paje, Secretary, DENR, the Philippines

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UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed.

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Delegates from the Philippines consulting.

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Koffi Yao Bernard, Côte d'Ivoire

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Mica Guevara, the Netherlands

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Faleafaga Toni Tipama'a, Samoa

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Takehiro Nakamura, UNEP

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Vincent Sweeney, Coordinator, Global Programme of Action

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Eduardo M.R. Meñez, the Philippines, Chair of the Drafting Committee of the Manila Declaration

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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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View of the Manila Declaration drafting committee.
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L-R: Rossana Repetto Silva, UNEP; Jerker Tamelander, UNEP; and Eduardo M.R. Meñez, Chair of the Drafting Committee of the Manila Declaration, the Philippines

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Jamie Christoff, Canada

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Rejoice Mabudafhasi, South Africa

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C.N. Paupiah, Mauritius

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Stephen Katua, Kenya
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Youssef Abu-Safieh, Palestine
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Christian Clay-Mendoza, Mexico
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Eduardo M.R. Meñez (far right), the Philippines, Chair of the Drafting Committee of the Manila Declaration, consulting with UNEP.
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Y. Kristiarto S. Legowo, Indonesia

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Ik-Hwan Eom, Republic of Korea

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Natalia Tretiakova, Russian Federation

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IGR-3 Chair Paje delivering his closing remarks.

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Ydalia Acevedo Monegro, IGR-3 Rapporteur, Dominican Republic

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

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Side Event: Land-water connections: building resilience and climate change adaptation
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Secretary J.R. Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, the Philippines, making a presentation on building resilience and climate adaptation.

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Secretary J.R. Nereus Acosta, Presidential Adviser for Environmental Protection, the Philippines

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Photos from the Ministerial Dinner
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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
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*Background information about the GPA
*Text of the GPA

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