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Twenty-sixth Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-26/GMEF)

21-24 February 2011 | UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
Highlights for Wednesday, 23 February 2011
GC-26/GMEF

Delegates at the 26th session of the GC-26/GMEF convened in the morning for ministerial consultations on IEG, and on coordination and cooperation within the UN system on environmental matters and state of the environment in the Committee of the Whole (COW).

The drafting group on IEG completed its work at mid-day. In the afternoon, delegates in the GMEF met in four ministerial roundtables on IEG.

The COW met into the night to discuss draft decisions on the state of the environment, strengthening international cooperation for environmental crisis response, and other agenda items. COW Chair Bratasida deferred discussion of several decisions, announcing the COW would convene on Thursday morning to complete its work.

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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
A view of Wednesday morning's Ministerial Consultations.
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Ministerial Consultations
Carlos Castaño, Vice-Minister of Environment, Colombia
Henri Djombo, Minister of Water, Environment, Territorial Planning and Urban Development, Congo
Maria Ivanova, Major Groups IEG Advisory Group
Paula Lehtomaki, Minister of Environment, Finland
John Michuki, Minister of Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya
Jean-Marie Nibirantije, Burundi

Donna Petrachenko, Australia

Dominick O'Brien, Ireland

Hammadi Bel Hadj Ali, Tunisia

Panel discussion moderated by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, during the Ministerial Consultations.
Committee of the Whole
Javier Herrera Corona,
Holy See
Imourou Ouro-Djeri, Benin

André Odenbreit Carvalho, Brazil

John Matuszak, US

Contact Group on Chemicals
View of the chemicals contact group.
Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals, and Chair John Roberts, UK.
Ministerial Roundtables
The first roundtable: Co-Chairs Andreas Carlgren, Minister for the Environment, Sweden, and Taulant Bino, Deputy Minister for the Environment, Albania.
Delegates at the second roundtable.
Frances Nhema, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Zimbabwe, Co-Chaired the third roundtable.
Kenneth Darroux, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Physical Planning and Fisheries, Dominica, was the Co-Chair for this roundtable.
Delegates at the third roundtable discussion.
Fourth roundtable Co-Chair Andrei Bourrouet, Vice-Minister of Environmental Management and Energy, Costa Rica
Fourth roundtable Co-Chair David McGovern, Canada
Side Event: Special briefing on the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability
The panel during the special briefing on the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.
Side Event:Strengthening environmental responses in times of crisis
Margarita Astralaga, UNEP
L-R: Toni Frisch, UN OCHA; Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General and Secretary-General of UNCSD; Zoltán Illés, Hungary; and Vladimir Sakharov, UN OCHA.
Side Event: Green and decent jobs
Laura Martin, Sustainlabour
L-R: Christophe Bouvier, UNEP; Laura Martin, Sustainlabour; GC-26 President Aguilar Rivero, Spain; Tomoko Nishimoto, UNEP; and Anabella Rosemberg, IUTC.
Side Event: Moving towards a climate-neutral UN
Hossein Fadaei, Environmental Management Group
Elia Guerra-Quijano, Panama
A view of the panel during the side event.
Evening Reception
Ed Norton, UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity, with
Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, CBD, and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP.
A band, led by Brian Sempele (left) entertained delegates during the event.
 
 
Around the Conference
Vanessa Timmer, One Earth Initiative, and Anabella Rosemberg, IUTC.
Rob de Jong, UNEP DTIE, with John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES.
Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals, with Vladimir Lenev, Russian Federation.
Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General and Secretary-General of UNCSD, with Andrey Vavilov, ENB.
 
 
 
 
Related Links
UNEP resources
*Official GC-26/GMEF website
*Official GC-26 Documents: Working documents
*Official GC-26 Documents: Information documents
*Notification by the Executive Director
*Overview of GC/GMEF
*Official website for the 12th Global Civil Society Forum
*Regional Consultative meetings
*Green Technology Tent

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-12), 19-20 February 2011, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP GC/GMEF (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-25/GMEF, 16-20 February 2009, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GCSS-10/GMEF, 20-22 February 2008, Principality of Monaco
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-24/GMEF, 5-9 February 2007, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC meetings
*IISD RS archive of intergovernmental organizations meetings
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*IISD RS archive of trade, finance, and investment meetings
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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Related Links
UNEP resources
*Official GC-26/GMEF website
*Official GC-26 Documents: Working documents
*Official GC-26 Documents: Information documents
*Notification by the Executive Director
*Overview of GC/GMEF
*Official website for the 12th Global Civil Society Forum
*Regional Consultative meetings
*Green Technology Tent

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-12), 19-20 February 2011, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP GC/GMEF (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-25/GMEF, 16-20 February 2009, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GCSS-10/GMEF, 20-22 February 2008, Principality of Monaco
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-24/GMEF, 5-9 February 2007, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC meetings
*IISD RS archive of intergovernmental organizations meetings
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*IISD RS archive of trade, finance, and investment meetings
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
View HTML version Please e-mail the Digital Editor should you have any questions regarding the content of this page
| Back to IISD RS "Linkages" | Visit IISDnet | Send e-mail to IISD RS |
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1, IISD. All rights reserved.