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IISD RS coverage of GCSF-10



25th Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ 
Global Ministerial Environment Forum 
(GC-25/GMEF) 

16-20 February 2009 | Nairobi, Kenya

Highlights for Wednesday, 18 February 2009


On Wednesday morning, GC-25/GMEF delegates convened in ministerial consultations and the Committee of the Whole (COW). In the afternoon, deliberations continued in the COW, and ministers also attended a meeting on climate change organized by the Government of Denmark. Two contact groups, on the budget and programme of work for 2010-2011 and on chemicals management, as well as the drafting group, met throughout the day. An informal group on support to Africa also convened in the afternoon. 

Above photo: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of the Governing Council, in a discussion with Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. 


MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS:

Katherine Sierra, World Bank, moderated the panel discussion on "Global crises: national chaos? Coping with multiple challenges and capturing the opportunities."

Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, United Kingdom Jean-Louis Borloo, Minister of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Territorial Development, France  Batilda Burian, Minister of State for the Environment, Tanzania  Erik Solheim, Minister of Environment and Development Cooperation, Norway

Khalid Al-Irani, Minister of Environment, Jordan Ligia Castro de Doens, Minister of Environment, Panama Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change  Jos Delbeke, Deputy Director-General, Environment-Directorate, European Commission.   

Oliver Dulić, Minister of Environment, Serbia,  GC-25/GMEF President.

Robert Watson, University of East Anglia


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE:

 Jukka Uosukainen, Finland, confers with the Czech Republic and Indonesian delegations. 

 

Members of the Tunza Youth and Environmental Network presented their statement to the COW: L-R: Anne Walraven and Margaret Koli of Tunza.

CONTACT GROUPS AND INFORMAL GROUPS:

CHEMICALS:

L-R: John Roberts (UK) and Per Bakken (UNEP Chemicals); delegates negotiated the revised draft decision on mercury paragraph-by-paragraph.


AROUND THE BREEZEWAYS:

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: " Towards a Low-Carbon Future: Making the climate neutral case to the public"
One year after the launch of UNEPís Climate Neutral Network and with less than 300 days to go before the Copenhagen COP 15, the roundtable presented an opportunity to take stock of the experiences in moving towards low-carbon economies and societies and debate what is needed to make a strong political, business and consumer case for a low-carbon future.


SASAKAWA PRIZE:

The UNEP Sasakawa prize is awarded yearly to individuals or institutions who have made a substantial contribution to the protection and management of the environment. The theme for the 2008 awards was "Moving towards a low carbon economy," the theme of the World Environment Day. This year the Sasakawa prize went to Sunlabob Rural Energy Ltd. (Lao PDR) and Practical Action (Peru). 

Takeju Ogata, President, Nippon Foundation with Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
Takeju Ogata, President, Nippon Foundation with Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director presented the Sasakawa Award to Alfonso Carrasco Valencia, Practical Action.

Takeju Ogata, President, Nippon Foundation with Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director presented the Sasakawa Award to Andy Schroeter, Sunlabob Rural Energy Ltd. Takeju Ogata, President, Nippon Foundation; Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director;  Andy Schroeter; Alfonso Carrasco Valencia; Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

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Daily web coverage:
16 February - 17 February - 18 February - 19 February- 20 February
 

GC-25 Related Links

UNEP website for the 25th Session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum
Official GC-25 Documents: Working documents
Official GC-25 Documents: Information documents 
Notification by the Executive Director
Overview of GC/GMEF
Information for Participants

Pre-Session Events

Official website: 10th Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF-10)
Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment (NWMLE)
Exhibition: Green Technology Tent


Links to IISD RS Resources

IISD RS coverage of the 10th Session of the Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF-10) 14-15 February 2009, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the 10th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-10/GMEF), 20-22 February 2007, Principality of Monaco
IISD RS coverage of the 9th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-10/GMEF), 4-9 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

IISD RS coverage of the GC-24, 4-9 February 2007, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the GC-23, 21-25 February 2005, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of meetings on Biodiversity and Wildlife
IISD RS coverage of meetings on Chemicals Management
IISD RS coverage of meetings on Climate and Atmosphere 
Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
CLIMATE-L - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
Linkages Africa - Fortnightly newsletter reporting on sustainable development events in Africa

 
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