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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Twenty-seventh session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF)

18-22 February 2013 | UN Office, Nairobi, Kenya

GC27/GMEF
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Highlights from Wednesday, 20 February

On Wednesday morning, GC-27/GMEF delegates convened for regional ministerial consultations on environmental challenges and UNEP regional presence and responsiveness. The Executive Director then conducted consultations on aspirations for the GC. In the afternoon, ministerial consultations took place in plenary. The COW and the working group on institutional arrangements and rules of procedure met throughout the day. The contact groups on budget and on chemicals management also convened in the morning and afternoon, respectively.

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner and GC/GMEF President Hassan Hilal during the ministerial consultations

UNEP's Think, Eat, Save Campaign

Kenyan artist Suzanna Owiyo during Tuesday evening's reception

Ministerial Consultations
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru
France intervenes in the ministerial consultations

Delegates during the ministerial consultations

Swaziland speaking during the ministerial consultations
Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norway, during the ministerials
Amb. Judith Garber, US, intervening in the ministerial consultations
Ireland, speaking on behalf of the European Union
Pakistan during the consultations
André Corrêa do Lago, Brazil, and Stephan Contius, Germany
Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Ethiopia, intervening in the ministerial consultations
Greece during the negotiations
Delegates from Nigeria and Niger consulting

Japan intervening during the ministerial consultations

Saudi Arabia during the negotiations
Jeremy Wates, speaking for NGOS (right), in the ministerial consultations
Around the Conference

 

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES (right)
Dan Reifsnyder, Amb. Judith Garber and John Matuszak, US

West Asia civil society presentation on green economy, with government participation (group shot photo courtesy of Ashraf Amin)

Green Room side event: Survival Options: Presentation of AFED and GFN Atlas of Ecological Footprint in Arab Countries by Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) (photo courtesy of Ashraf Amin)

Side event: Building the ecological foundation of food security: the case for building sustainable and resilient ecological food systems in agriculture dominated landscapes in Africa (l-r): Arvinn Gadgil, Norway's Deputy Minister for International Development, Ibrahim Thiaw, Director, Division for Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, Jochen Flasbarth, President of the Federal Environment Agency, Germany, and Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda

A view of the room during the lunch time side event on building the ecological foundation of food security

Tuesday evening reception hosted by the UNEP Executive Director and the GC/GMEF President
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner greets the delegate from the Maldives
VIP table at the reception
 
 
Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru

Daily web highlights

Introduction - 18 February - 19 February - 20 February - 21 February - 22 February - Summary

Related Links
Meeting resources
*Meeting website
*Provisional agenda
*Provisional timetable
*Working documents
*Information documents
*Programme for ministerial consultations
*UN General Assembly Resolution on Strengthening UNEP’s Role in Addressing Global Environmental Challenges
*Information for participants

IISD RS resources
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IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC5), 13-18 January 2013, Geneva, Switzerland
IISD RS coverage of the Third Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3), 17-21 September 2012, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council (GCSS-12)/GMEF, 20-22 February 2012, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS summary report of GMGSF-13, 18-19 February 2012, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya (HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of GC-26/GMEF, 21-24 February 2011, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
IISD RS coverage of 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 GCSS-11/GMEF, 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF -11), 21-22 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of GC-25/GMEF, 16-20 February 2009, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of GCSS-10/GMEF, 20-22 February 2008, Principality of Monaco
*IISD RS coverage of GC-24/GMEF, 5-9 February 2007, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
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