High-level Brainstorming Workshop for MEAs on Mainstreaming Environment beyond Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7

13-14 July 2005, Nairobi, Kenya

 

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The High-level Brainstorming Workshop for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on Mainstreaming Environment beyond MDG7 convened today at the UN Office at Nairobi, Kenya. Participants met throughout the day in plenary to discuss how to integrate the environment into the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Bakary Kante, Acting Director of the UNEP Division of Environmental Conventions, opened the meeting and welcomed participants. In his opening remarks, Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, said that development is the key issue at the 2005 World Summit, noting that no development means no peace for the world. Following the opening ceremony, participants heard keynote presentations. Guido Schmidt-Traub, Policy Advisor, UN Millennium Project, spoke on the MDGs and the 2005 World Summit. David Runnalls, President and CEO of International Institute for Sustainable Development, made a presentation on mainstreaming environment into the MDGs. Mohan Munasinghe, Vice-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, presented on integrating environment into development. A. H. Zakri, Co-Chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, spoke about ecosystem services and human well-being. During the following brainstorming session, participants discussed, in particular: mobilizing resources to implement action plans for MEAs and promoting MEAs coordination at the national level; using MEAs expertise and success stories to raise the profile of the environment in achieving MDGs; and making proposals on the Draft Outcome Document for the 2005 World Summit.

 
 
Chair Gary Sampson, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and former Senior Counselor, World Trade Organization (WTO), UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, and Bakary Kante, Acting Director, UNEP Division of Environmental Conventions (DEC) and Director, Division of Policy Development and Law (DPDL)
 
 

Session Chair Gary Sampson, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and former Senior Counselor, World Trade Organization (WTO) (left)

Bakary Kante, Acting Director of the UNEP Division of Environmental Conventions (right), opened the meeting and said that the objectives of the meeting are to: exchange views on how to mainstream the environment into the MDGs; explore ways for cooperation among MEAs in order to make contributions to the implementation of MDGs; and build bridges between MDGs and MEAs to develop joint programmes and activities for the implementation of MDGs.

 
 

In his opening remarks, Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, said that development is the key issue at the 2005 World Summit, noting that no development means no peace for the world. Highlighting the importance of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, he stressed the need to improve the environment in order to ensure effective ecosystem services in achieving MDGs. He asked the meeting to consider how MEAs could contribute to the implementation of MDGs.


Integrating the environment into the MDGs
 
 
Guido Schmidt-Traub, Policy Advisor, UN Millennium Project, spoke on the MDGs and the 2005 World Summit.
 
 
David Runnalls, President, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), made a presentation on mainstreaming environment into the MDGs.
 
 
Mohan Munasinghe, Vice Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), gave a presentation on integrating environment into development.
 
 
 
A. H. Zakri, Co-Chair of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (left), spoke about ecosystem services and human well-being.
 
 
Robert Hepworth, Executive Secretary, Convention of Migratory Species (CMS), Willelm Wijnstekers, Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
 
 
Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Willelm Wijnstekers, Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and Franz Xaver Perrez, Head of Global Affairs Sections, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape.
   
 
Sashiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention, and Gilbert Bankobeza, Senior Legal Officer, Ozone Secretariat

Photos from the Luncheon
 
 
Shafqat Kakakhel , Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, and Bakary Kante (left)
 
 
 
Emil Salim and Klaus Teopfer (right)
 

Miscellaneous Photos

 


Relevant Links:

UNEP Homepage

Draft outcome document for the 2005 World Summit

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Report from the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

Millennium Project Sachs Report

Secretary-General's Report: In Larger Freedom

Millennium Summit

Millennium Summit+5

Millennium Development Goals

Millennium Project

Civil Society Hearings

IISD coverage of related events:

Development Forum: 14–15 March 2005,

Preparatory Meeting for the ECOSOC 2005 High-Level Segment: 16–17 March 2005

Community Commons

High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development (27-28 June 2005)

ECOSOC 2005 High-level Segment (28 June-1 July 2005)

13th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-13) April 2005

International Conference on Environment, Peace and the Dialogue Among Civilizations and Cultures (May 2005)

Websites for the Environmental Conventions:

Convention on Migratory Species
Convention on Biological Diversity
Covention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flaura and Fauna
Basel Convention
Montreal Protocol
POPs Convention
PIC Convention
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD)
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
World HeritageConvention
African – Eurasian Waterbird Agreement
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS)
Agreement on the Conservation of Bats in Europe
Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS)


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