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Simultaneous Extraordinary Meeting of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF)

22-26 February 2010 | Bali, Indonesia

Bali, IndonesiaThe Simultaneous Extraordinary Meeting of the Conferences of the Parties (ExCOPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions convened Monday 22 February 2010 at the Bali International Conference Centre in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. In the morning, delegates convened in plenary for the opening of the simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the ExCOPs, followed by an open-ended joint working group (OEWG) which met in the morning and afternoon. Three contact groups on joint activities, review of coordination and cooperation and joint managerial functions convened in the afternoon and evening. The ExCOPs will continue on 23 February, with a resumed decision-making session held on the morning of 24 February.

The Eleventh Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF) will meet from 24-26 February 2010 at the Bali International Conference Centre. The ministerial consultations during the eleventh special session will focus on the emerging policy issues under the overall theme of environment in the multilateral system. Specific themes to be considered are: international environmental governance and sustainable development; green economy; and biodiversity and ecosystems.

The eleventh Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-11) (formerly known as the Global Civil Society Forum), which began Sunday 21 February, concluded today. Participants from civil society discussed relevant issues emerging from the ExCOP, including International Environmental Governance and sustainable development, the "Green Economy," and biodiversity and ecosystems.

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Opening Ceremony

Below: The respective COP Presidents of the Basel, Rotterdam and the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) participated in a signing of the commemorative first day cover.

Gusti Muhammad Hatta (Indonesia), COP President of the Basel Convention.
Zukie Noluzuko Gwaji (South Africa), COP President of the Rotterdam Convention.
Gholamhossein Dehghani (Iran), COP President of the Stockholm Convention.
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.
Balinese drummers prepared to perform.
Peter Kenmore, Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention, committed the UN Food and Agricultural Organization's (FAO) support to the synergies process.
Achim Steiner said that the synergies process had the potential to result in a paradigm shift in environmental governance.
Joint Working Group

Joint Working Group Co-Chairs Desire Ouegraogo (Burkina Faso), Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez (Chile) and Kerstin Stendahl (Finland).

Maj-Britt Larka (Spain), for the EU.
Toshikatsu Aoyama, Japan.
Franz Perrez, Switzerland.
Xia Yingxian, China.
Mariann Lloyd-Smith, International POPs Elimination Network.
Masa Nagai, Senior Legal Officer, UNEP.
Craig Boljikovac, UNITAR
Susan Gardner, United States.
Norway.
Contact Group on Joint Activities

The contact group, co-chaired by Gilian Guthrie (Jamaica) and Katerina Sebkova (Czech Republic), met in the afternoon and evening.

Around the ExCOPs
A view of Plenary.
The convention center atrium.

Exhibition booths for the three Conventions, "Greater Strength in Sync" and the newly launched Global Alliance on DDT and PCB Elimination Network.

Indonesia's Komodo Dragons appealed to voters weary of human candidates.
Jill Hanna, European Commission, chatted with OEWG Co-Chair Osvaldo Álvarez-Pérez after the session.
Related Links

UNEP resources
*GCSS-11/GMEF webpage
*GCSS-11/GMEF provisional agenda
*GCSS-11/GMEF working documents
*Overview of GC/GMEF
*Twenty-fifth Session of the UNEP GC/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF)

*GCSS-10/GMEF
*GC-24/GMEF
*GCSS-9/GMEF
*GC-23/GMEF
*GCSS-8/GMEF
*ExCOPs webpage
*ExCOPs documents
*ExCOPs background documents
*ExCOPs rules of procedure
*ExCOPs synergies decisions
*ExCOPs advisory committee
*GMGSF-11, ExCOPs, and GCSS-11/GMEF provisional timetable

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Eleventh Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum , 21-22 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS coverage of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, 7-19 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-25/GMEF, 16-20 February 2009, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Session of the Global Civil Society Forum, 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 UNEP GC-24/GMEF, 5-9 February 2007, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of GCSS-9/GMEF, 4-9 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
*IISD RS coverage of UNEP GC-23/GMEF, 21-25 February 2005, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of GCSS-8/GMEF, 29-31 March 2004, Jeju, Republic of Korea
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*IISD RS archive of trade, finance, and investment meetings
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
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