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Eighteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean
31 January - 3 February 2012 | Quito, Ecuador

Highlights for Friday, 3 February 2012
UNEP

On Friday morning, the Ministerial Segment opened with a presentation by Isabella Teixeira, Environment Minister, Brazil, on preparations and expected outcomes for Rio+20.

Delegates then considered a report from UNEP on emerging issues from a global perspective, and delegates identified their own emerging issues, such as disaster management, sustainable urban development, invasive marine species, food security and animal welfare. Next Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, introduced the agenda item on the 12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum by urging LAC Environment Ministers to use the meeting to seek common ground with their peers from other regions regarding Rio+20.

Acting on a proposal by Venezuela, FME18 suspended its work to convene as the First Meeting of Environment Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC). This meeting was presided over by Rodrigo Benitez, Vice-Minister for the Environment, Chile, in Chile’s capacity as pro tempore President of CELAC. The CELAC meeting agreed to create a working group to, among other things, develop a regional environmental agenda. UNEP was asked to act as Secretariat for the CELAC Ministers.

In the afternoon, FME18 reconvened to review the draft final report of FME18, followed by a paragraph-by-paragraph review, negotiation and amendment of the Quito Declaration until its approval late in the evening. Following closing remarks, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:45 pm.

Quito
A view of Quito (photo courtesy of the Government of Ecuador)
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Photos from the Ministerial Segment
 
Cecilia Iglesias intervening on behalf of civil society
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Rodrigo Benitz, Vice-Minister for the Environment, Chile, and pro tempore President of CELAC, and FME18 Chair Marcela Aguiñaga, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
 
FME18 Chair Marcela Aguiñaga, Minister of Environment, Ecuador, and Rodrigo Benitz, Vice-Minister for the Environment, Chile, and pro tempore President of CELAC, during the First Meeting of the Environment Ministers of CELAC
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Isabella Teixeira, Brazilian Environment Minister, and Marcela Aguiñaga, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
Chair Aguiñaga consults with delegates from Bolivia, Haiti and the Bahamas
 
Philip Weech, the Bahamas, Margarita Astrálaga, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
Chair Aguiñaga consults with delegates from Venezuela
 
The Bolivian delegation with Paraguay
A view of the dais during the opening of FME18
Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua, Philip Weech, the Bahamas, and Artie Dubrie, UNEP ROLAC
Caribbean countries consulting
 
 
 
 
 
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