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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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Highlights for Wednesday, 22 February 2012

GCSS-XII-GMEFOn 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.
Arrival of the Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka (center) at the GCSS-12/GMEF.
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MINISTERIAL CONSULTATIONS
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L-R: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice-President, Kenya; and Federico Ramos de Armas, (Spain), President of the GC

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Sha Zukang, Secretary-General, UNCSD

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Mark Halle, IISD

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Ida Auken, Minister of Environment, Denmark

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Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US

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Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture

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Adriana Soto, Vice-Minister of Environment, Colombia

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Delegates from Kenya

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Exhibition booth on sustainable water production on the margins of GCSS-12/GMEF.
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Participants inquiring about the "Wonderbag."

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Booth on portable off-grid solar power generators.

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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (COW)
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L-R: Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, and László Borbély, COW Chair, Romania

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L-R: John Matuszak, US, confers with Jamil Ahmad, Secretary, GC.

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Liana Bratasida, Indonesia, COW Rapporteur

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Kerstin Stendahl, Chair of the open-ended drafting group of the COW, Finland

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Gregoire Nkeoua, Congo

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Delegates from the US.

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Amb John Ashe, Permanent Representative to the UN, Antigua and Barbuda

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Rabiu Sulaiman, Nigeria

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Franz Perrez, Switzerland

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Franz Perrez, Switzerland, consulting with delegates from Africa.

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L-R: Sergey Trepelkov and Victor Zagrekov, Russian Federation

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L-R: Hem Pande and M. F. Farooqui, India

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L-R: Fu Changhua and Xia Yingxian, China

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Delegates from Indonesia

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L-R: Donna Celeste Feliciano-Gatmaytan and James Ferdinand Unas, the Philippines

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CLOSING SESSION
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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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GC Rapporteur Ana Paula Chichava, Minister for Environment, Mozambique

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László Borbély, COW Chair, Romania, presenting the report of the COW.

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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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