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First meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of
Permanent Representatives (OECPR) to the
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

24-28 March 2014 | UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
 
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Summary Highlights of the Meeting

Friday 28 March 2014

On Friday, delegates convened in open-ended contact groups on the science-policy interface, chemicals and waste, and in plenary to discuss preparations for UNEA for its sessions in 2014 and 2016. In the afternoon, the CPR Bureau met with heads of regional groups to agree on intersessional work and preparations for UNEA in June.

During the closing plenary in the afternoon, delegates agreed to forward draft UNEA decisions to the 127th meeting of the CPR for further consideration. CPR Chair Soemarno closed the meeting at 6:42pm.

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Delegates from the EU consulting before the start of closing plenary
 
Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP, consulting
with Toshiko Ohga, Deputy Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP
 
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UNEA AGENDA
 
   
L-R: UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw; Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR, Indonesia; Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP; Amb. Konrad Paulsen Rivas, Chile, Rapporteur; and Toshiko Ohga, Deputy Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP
   
 
 
Masa Nagai, UNEP
 
UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw
 
 
Ben Salacakau, Fiji
Amb. Lynette Poulton Kamakura, US
Kare Chawicha Debessa, Ethiopia
 
MINISTERIAL DIALOGUE
 
 
Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR, Indonesia
 
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
 
 
 
Amb. Johny Balza, Venezuela
 
Amb. Marcela Nicodemos, Brazil
 
 
Amb. John Moreti, Botswana
Amb. María Eugenia Correa Olarte,
Colombia
Amb. Minata Samate, Burkina Faso
 
Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR, Indonesia, gaveled the meeting to a close at
6:42 pm
 
L-R: UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR,
Indonesia
 

Thursday 27 March 2014

On Thursday morning, delegates convened in open-ended contact group sessions to address the budget and programme of work (POW) and the science-policy interface (SPI). In the afternoon, contact group discussions on chemicals and waste management took place. In plenary, delegates considered the rules of procedure (RoP) of UNEA and participated in a thematic and programmatic debate on the role of UNEA in the UN system.

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Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR, Indonesia (center), consulting with UNEP and Thailand
 
Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP, in conversation with
delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean
 
 
L-R: Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, UNEP Office in New York; UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw; Sunu Soemarno, Chair
of the OECPR, Indonesia; and Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP
 
Carla Espósito Guevara, Bolivia
Sherif Dawoud, Egypt
Diann Black-Layne, Antigua and
Barbuda
 
L-R: Amb. Fernando Rollandeli, Maria Teresa Kralikas, and Jose Luis Maccarone, Argentina
 
 
Sun Guoshun, China
 
Amb. Lynette Poulton Kamakura, US
 
 
L-R: Marcos Orellana, Center for International Environmental Law, and Yunus Arikan, ICLEI
 

Wednesday 26 March 2014

On Wednesday morning, delegates convened in plenary to consider draft decisions, as well as progress reports on the work of the Environment Management Group (EMG), the mid-term review of the Montevideo Programme IV, and the state of the environment. In the afternoon delegates continued consideration of the state of the environment before addressing chemicals and wastes, and a draft decision on promoting air quality through UNEP.

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L-R: John Thompson, US, in conversation with Lei Zhang and Yingxian Xia, China
 
UNEP staff discussing strategies for the Global Environment Outlook
(GEO)
 
 
   
L-R: UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw; CPR Vice-Chair Rosemary Semafumu-Mukasa, Uganda; and Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary
of Governing Bodies, UNEP
   
 
 
Eisaku Toda, Japan
 
George Morara Orina, Kenya
 
 
L-R: Luca Arnold, Switzerland, in conversation with Mohamed Elghitany, Egypt
 
Bakary Kante, Director, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions
(DELC), UNEP
 
 
 
Mariel Jiménez, Costa Rica
 
Mollie Johnson, Canada
 
 
Presentation on UNEP Live
 
   
Jacqueline McGlade, Chief Scientist, UNEP
   
 
Raylene Liufalani, New Zealand
Nino Sharashidze, Georgia
Yim Soo-Young, Republic of Korea
 
   
L-R: Lim Wei Da, Singapore; Donna Feliciano-Gatmaytan, the Philippines; Athikom Daengpun,
Thailand; and Manuel Oira III, the Philippines
   
 

Tuesday 25 March 2014

On Tuesday morning delegates convened in plenary to consider stakeholder engagement, the science-policy interface (SPI), contributions by regional environment ministerial forums and the access-to-information policy. In the afternoon delegates addressed: the process to prepare a UN system-wide strategy on the environment; consolidation of UNEP headquarters functions in Nairobi; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Plaform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). A working contact group on budget and POW also convened in the afternoon.

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View of the OECPR plenary
 
L-R: Mamadou Kane, Samba Harouna Thiam, and Monica Morara,
UNEP
 
 
   
L-R: Amb. Julia Pataki, Romania; UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw; Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR, Indonesia;
Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP; and Amb. Konrad Paulsen Rivas, Chile, Rapporteur
   
 
 
Cheikh Ndiaye Sylla, Senegal
 
Zhang Jieqing, China
 
 
Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, EU
Jeff Cernyar, US
Andrés Comba Morales, Colombia
 
 
Deogratius E. P. Nyangu, Tanzania
 
Amb. Minata Samate, Burkina Faso
 
 
 
Elizabeth Mrema, Acting Director, Division of Environmental
Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP
 
Thomas Chiramba, DEPI, UNEP
 
 
Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, IPBES
Neville Ash, Chief of Biodiversity Unit, DEPI, UNEP
 
Amb. Raúl Rodríguez Ramos, Cuba
 
Agostinho Milton, Mozambique
 
Antonio Otavio Sá Ricarte, Brazil
 

Monday 24 March 2014

On Tuesday morning delegates convened in plenary to consider stakeholder engagement, the science-policy interface (SPI), contributions by regional environment ministerial forums and the access-to-information policy. In the afternoon delegates addressed: the process to prepare a UN system-wide strategy on the environment; consolidation of UNEP headquarters functions in Nairobi; international water quality guidelines for ecosystems; and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Plaform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). A working contact group on budget and POW also convened in the afternoon.

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View of the opening plenary of the OECPR
 
Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP (center), consulting with
delegates
 
 
 
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
 
Amb. Julia Pataki, Romania, acting Chair of the Committee
of Permanent Representatives, opened the meeting
 
 
 
Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP
 
Sunu Soemarno, Chair of the OECPR, Indonesia
 
 
Amb. Andreas Peschke, Germany
Amb. Martin Kimani, Kenya
Amb. Eleftherios Kouvaritakis, Greece,
speaking on behalf of the EU
 
 
Kaveh Zahedi, Regional Director and Representative
for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP
 
Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, UNEP Office in New York
 
 
   
L-R: UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw; CPR Vice-Chair Bart Ouvry, Belgium; and Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary
of Governing Bodies, UNEP
   
 
L-R: Petra Tacheci, Czech Republic; Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP; and
Lukáš Pokorný
, Czech Republic
 
L-R: Andrea Nouak; Dominik Frühwirth; and Elfriede-Anna More, Austria
Related Links
Meeting resources

*Annotated agenda

*Major Groups and Stakeholders Participation in the 2014 OECPR and UNEA

*CPR general information

*Strengthening the Science Policy Interface, Report of the Executive Director - UNEP/EA.1/2/Add.1

*Report on the Implementation of decision 27/2: Contributions by the regional ministerial environment forums for which UNEP serves as the Secretariat(27/2, OP15), Report of the Executive Director - UNEP/EA.1/2/Add.2

*Report on the implementation of decisions adopted by past sessions of the governing body: Implementation of decision 27/4 on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity andEcosystem Services - UNEP/EA.1/3/Add.1

*Report on the implementation of decisions adopted by past sessions of the governing body: Environment Management Group’s work - UNEP/EA.1/3/Add.2

*State of the environment: Report by the Executive Director - UNEP/EA.1/4

*Support structures and processes for keeping the world environment situation under review, including a progress report on UNEP Live: Report by the Executive Director - UNEP/EA.1/4/

*UNEP’s access-to-information policy

*Report on Montevideo Programme IV midterm process


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