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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 Friday, 22 February

On Friday, delegates convened in the COW to complete their work and approve outstanding decisions. The closing GC27/GMEF plenary took place in the evening when the President’s Summary on the outcome of ministerial consultations was introduced. Delegates adopted 14 decisions on, inter alia: IPBES; coordination across the UN system, including the EMG; oceans; sustainable consumption and production; green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; advancing justice, governance and law; state of the environment; and chemicals and wastes.

The GC also adopted a decision on institutional arrangements that, inter alia, recommends the UN General Assembly rename the Council "UN Environment Assembly of UNEP," and provides that the UN Environment Assembly "will ensure" the active participation of all relevant stakeholders and explore new mechanisms for promoting the effective engagement of civil society in its work, by developing by 2014 a process for stakeholder accreditation and participation.

GC/GMEF President Hassan Abdel Hilal, Sudan, gaveled the meeting to a close at 21:24.

Closing press conference with announcements on the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and host country of World Environment Day 2013 (l-r): Tulga Buya Vice-Minister of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia, Hassan Abdel Hilal, GC President, UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres, and Nick Nuttall, Director of Communications and Spokesperson, UNEP

A view of the room during the closing plenary

Closing Plenary
Kehkashan Basu, a Children and Youth representative from the United Arab Emirates
Sebastien Duyck, speaking for Major Groups in the closing plenary
Hassan Hilal, GC President, giving his closing statement
The US delegation consulting
Luis Campuzano, Mexico, co-chair of the working group on institutional arrangements (second from right)
Dan Reifsnyder, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions
Jiri Hlavacek, Division of Regional Cooperation, UNEP, Marco Gonzalez, Executive Secretary of the UNEP Ozone Secretariat, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
UNEP Deputy Executive Director Amina Mohamed (center) and Bakary Kante, Director of UNEP's Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (DELC) (right)
Commitee of the Whole and Groups
Amb. Kamau Macharia, Kenya, intervening in the working group on institutional arrangements
Delegates from the EU during the working group on institutional arrangements
Farrukh Khan, co-chair of the working group on institutional arrangements, and Philip Weech, Bahamas
COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway (right) with Argentina
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil, intervening on institutional arrangements
Jamil Ahmad, GC Secretary, and Jorge Laguna-Celis, Mexico
A huddle during the chemicals group
Delegates during the working group on institutional arrangements
Delegates from Nigeria

A view of the room during the working group on institutional arrangements

Around the Conference

Delegates from Nigeria

 

Journalists during the closing press conference

Tulga Buya, Vice-Minister of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia, discusses his country's preparations to host World Environment Day on June 5, 2013.

GC President Hassan Hilal and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner during the closing press conference
Reception, hosted by Switzerland, Japan and Uruguay, to celebrate the successful conclusion of the negotiations on the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Franz Perrez, Swiss Ambassador for Environment, Ryutaro Yatsu, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Japan, Francisco Beltrame, Uruguay's Housing, Territory and Environment Minister, and Fernando Lugris, Mercury INC Chair, and Special Representative for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Uruguay
Minister Beltrame presents Amb. Perrez and Vice-Minister Yatsu with gifts from Uruguay
A toast to a successful conclusion of the mercury negotiations
Tim Kasten, Head, UNEP Chemicals Branch (left)
 

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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)
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