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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 Thursday, 19 February 2009


On Thursday morning, GC-25/GMEF delegates convened in ministerial consultations, the Committee of the Whole (COW) and in an informal group on support to Africa. In the afternoon, deliberations continued in the COW, and in three parallel roundtable discussions on “IEG-Help or hindrance? - IEG from a country perspective.” The drafting group and the  chemicals management contact group also met throughout the day. 


Above photo: Banner blocks showing UNEP's six priority programme areas.


MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS:

Bird's eye view of the Ministerial Consultations in session. 

Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General, Commonwealth Secretariat, moderated the ministerial consultations on the theme "IEG- Help or hindrance? - IEG from a country perspective."

John Michuki, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa, with John Scanlon, UNEP Roberto Dobles Mora, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE:

Dais during the evening session of the COW, with Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP; Bakary Kante, UNEP; Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director; Jukka Uosukainen, Finland, Gaetano Leone, Secretary of the COW and Juan Carlos Cue Vega, Rapporteur.
Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director in discussion with Jukka Uosukainen, Finland, Gaetano Leone, Secretary of the COW and Juan Carlos Cue Vega, Rapporteur.

Delegates review text from a draft decision. 


CONTACT GROUPS AND INFORMAL GROUPS:

CHEMICALS:

Contact Group on Chemicals Management in session. 

L-R: Hodayah Finman and John Thompson, US  Ottavio Trindade, Brazil

UNEP Chemicals staff and Co-Chairs John Roberts, UK and Festus Bayoora, Uganda celebrate approval of the draft decision on mercury.

John Roberts, UK, with Gillian Guthrie, Jamaica.  L-R: Richard Gutierrez, Ban Toxics, Keiko Segawa, Eriko Suda, and Kaoru Oka, Japan John Thompson, US, and Xia Ying Xian, China shook hands upon the approval of the decision on mercury.

"Yes We Have!" chanted UNEP staff and delegates after the decision on mercury was approved; Dan Fantozzi, US with UNEP's Per Bakken, David Piper, Sheila Logan and Surya Prakash Chandak.

SIDE EVENT:  Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in environmental matters - UNEP Guidlines for enhancing Implementation of Rio Principle 10


AROUND THE BREEZEWAYS:

Tariq Banuri, UN CSD, Kilaparti Ramakrishna, UNEP, and Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of the Governing Council
Xenya Cherny Scanlon, UNEP Neeyati Patel, UNEP with Mary Fosi Mbantenkhu, Cameroon

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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 
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Linkages Africa - Fortnightly newsletter reporting on sustainable development events in Africa

 
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