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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 Thursday, 24 February 2011
GC-26/GMEF

Delegates at the GC-26/GMEF convened in the Committee of the Whole (COW) in the morning and early afternoon to approve decisions.

In the late afternoon, delegates met in plenary to approve reports of the ministerial consultations and the COW, including decisions approved by the COW.The Plenary adopted: 17 decisions, including on IEG, IPBES, south-south cooperation and chemicals management; the Report of the COW; and the Chair’s Summary of the Ministerial Consultations.

In closing, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner praised the “spirit of Rio” that delegates showed throughout the session. GC-26 President Rosa Aguilar Rivero gaveled the meeting to a close at 6.44 pm.

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Members of the Secretariat with COW Chair Liana Bratasida at the close of the COW.
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Closing Plenary
Jamil Ahmad, Secretary of the GC/GMEF
Mauricio Xerinda (Mozambique), GC-26 Rapporteur
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
The Secretariat applauding at the end of GC-26/GMEF.
The Senegalese delegation during the session.
Rosa Aguilar Rivero, GC-26 President, received a bouquet of flowers from the UNEP Secretariat.
Committee of the Whole
Delegates before the session began, L-R: Anne Daniel, Canada; Katharina Kummer, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention;
Christine Villemurem
, Canada; and Nelson Sabogal, Basel Convention.
Andrea Nouak, Austria
Abiola Olanipekun, Nigeria

Mohammad Kurniadi Koba, Indonesia

Faleafaga Toni Tipama'a, Samoa

Closing Press Conference
GC-26 President Rosa Aguilar Rivero with Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, in discussion before the press conference began.
Consultations Around the Conference
Side Event: Identifying Solutions-Addressing the Challenges of the Sound Management of Chemicals and Hazardous Wastes
Bakary Kante, UNEP
The panel during the side event.
John Scanlon,
Secretary-General, CITES
Franz Perrez, Switzerland
L-R: Jacob Duer, DELC; Per Bakken, UNEP Chemicals;
Katarina Kummer, Basel Convention; and
Donald Cooper
, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.
Side Event: Green Economy, Forests and Major Groups and Stakeholders-Where is the Missing Link?
A view of the room during the side event.
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ENB team with the GC/GMEF Secretary, L-R: Tallash Kantai, Kenya;
Andrey Vavilov, Russian Federation; Dorothy Nyingi, Kenya; Tanya Rosen, Italy/USA; Jamil Ahmad, GC/GMEF Secretary; Resson Kantai, Kenya; Kate Neville, Canada; and Delia Paul, Malaysia.
 
 
 
 
 
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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