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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 Friday, 20 February 2009


GC-25/GMEF Adopts Historic Decision on Mercury

On Friday, 20 February, delegates met in the Committee of the Whole (COW) in the morning to consider draft decisions. In the afternoon, delegates convened in closing plenary, where they heard the Presidentís Summary on the outcome of the ministerial consultations, adopted the report of the COW as well as 17 decisions including on mercury, IEG, programme of work and budget and support to Africa. Delegates thanked the Government of Kenya, the GC President, and the UNEP Secretariat for creating an environment conducive for a successful meeting. GC President Dulic gaveled the meeting to a close at 4:29 pm.

Above photo: Angela Cropper, UNEP Deputy Executive Director and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. 


CLOSING PLENARY:

Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai addressing the closing plenary.
Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai urged delegates to become soldiers for the environment. UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner reminded delegates that "it is the youth of the world whom we ultimately serve." Jan Dusik (Czech Republic), on behalf of the EU, declared GC25 "an important milestone" in the history of environmental protection.

Archbishop Alain Paul Lebeaupin, Holy See, stressed that it is not enough just to seek a green economy, it must be a green human economy. Olabode Adekeye, Nigeria, on behalf of the G-77/China noted the successful outcomes of this session of the Governing Council. Ghafur Dharmaputra, Indonesia, said the Ministerial consultations set a good example for future GC's.

Daniel Fantozzi, US, said the GC25 was an excellent example of what the UN can do. GC President Oliver Dulić gaveled the meeting to a close at 4:29pm.
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE:

Chair Uosukainen thanked the Chairs of various working and drafting groups for facilitating the negotiations.

Delegates congratulated Chair Uosukainen on the successful conclusion of the  COW.

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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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