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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Twelfth Special Session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

20-22 February 2012 | UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
 
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Summary Highlights of the Meeting

GCSS-XII-GMEFWednesday, 22 February 2012

On Wednesday morning delegates convened in the COW, and for a ministerial moderated plenary discussion on Rio+20 and beyond: responding to the challenges. The closing GCSS-12/GMEF plenary took place in the afternoon when the President’s Summary on the outcome of ministerial consultations was introduced. Delegates adopted seven decisions on: accounting, financial and administrative arrangements between UNEP and the MEAs; enhancing cooperation and coordination with the chemicals and wastes cluster; a consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes; the world environment situation; IEG; sustainable consumption and production; and the UNEP 40th Anniversary Ministerial Statement. GC/GMEF President Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), graveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.

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GCSS-12 closing plenary observed a minute of silence in honor of the passing of John Njoroge Michuki, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya.
 
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L-R: Christine von Weizsäcker, ECOROPA; Sacha Gabizon, Women in Europe for Our Common Future; and Judith Carreras, SustainLabor

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Harriet Nduma, Kenya

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Barkha Mossae, Children and Youth representative

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Amb Konrad Paulsen, Chile

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Delegates from Brazil

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L-R: Jacob Duer, UNEP, in a conversation with Anette Ejersted, Denmark.

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Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the GC, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.

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L-R: Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; László Borbély, COW Chair, Romania; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the GC; Jamil Ahmad, Secretary, GC; and GC Rapporteur Ana Paula Chichava, Minister for Environment, Mozambique
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

On Tuesday, delegates convened for ministerial consultations in plenary in the morning and afternoon. Five parallel ministerial round-table discussions on the theme “green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” also took place in the morning. In the afternoon the roundtable discussions focused on IFSD. The COW as well as drafting groups convened throughout the day.

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Bird's eye view of the Ministerial Consultations.

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Elliott Harris, Special Representative to the UN, International Monetary Fund

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Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia

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L-R: Jamil Ahmad, Secretary, Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment (GC/GMEF) in consultation with László Borbély, COW Chair, Romania

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Monday, 20 February 2012

Degates at the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Environment Ministerial Forum (GCSS-12/GMEF) convened in the morning for the opening ceremony, followed by consideration of organizational matters and policy statements. In the afternoon, delegates convened for ministerial consultations in a symposium on “ environmental change and global responses in 2012.” The Committee of the Whole (COW) also met in the afternoon.

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Mwai Kibaki, President of Kenya, signing UNEP's dignitary guest book at UNEP Headquarters.

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L-R: Takehiro Nakamura and Rossana Repetto Silva, UNEP

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L-R: Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN with Neeyati Patel, UNEP

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L-R: Damaso Luna, Mexico, and Kerstin Stendahl, Finland

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L-R: COW dais with Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; László Borbély, COW Chair, Romania; Toshiko Ohga, UNEP; and Liana Bratasida, COW Rapporteur, Indonesia

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Klaus Töpfer, former UNEP Executive Director

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Elizabeth Dowdeswell, former UNEP Executive Director

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Mostafa Tolba, former UNEP Executive Director

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L-R: Current and former UNEP Executive Directors Achim Steiner; Mostafa Tolba; Elizabeth Dowdeswell and Klaus Töpfer.

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ENB Team
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L-R: Wangu Mwangi, Kenya; Delia Paul, Malaysia; Asheline Appleton, Kenya; Andrey Vavilov, Russian Federation; Tallash Kantai, Kenya; Jennifer Covert, US; Resson Kantai, Kenya; and Franz Dejon, Canada

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ENB Team avoiding the stampede.

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