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"Interlinkages- International Conference on Synergies and Coordination between Multilateral Environmental Agreements"
14-16 July 1999, Tokyo, Japan

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Briefing, Photos and RealAudio 14 July

On the opening day of the International Conference on Synergies and Coordination between Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs), participants met in Plenary sessions to hear opening remarks and keynote addresses, introductions to the conference working group themes, and a panel discussion among heads of MEA secretariats and other high-level officials.
Opening Remarks and Keynote Addresses . . . . .

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Motoyuki Suzuki, Vice Rector, UNU, and Moderator, also delivered a message from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (right)

Kiyotaka Akasaka, Deputy Director-General, MOFA, Japan, delivered a message on behalf of Keizo Obuchi, Prime Minister of Japan

J. A. Van Ginkel, Rector, UNU, delivered the opening keynote address


Speaking on behalf of Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP, Jorge E. Illueca, Assistant Executive Director, Division of Environmental Conventions, UNEP delivered a keynote address


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Akiko Domoto, President, Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE)
Teodoro Bustamante, Environment Ministry, Ecuador, delivered a message on behalf of Yolanda Kakabadse, Minister of Environment, Ecuador
Introduction and Presentation of Working Group Themes


From left (clockwise): Brett Orlando, IUCN (Issue Management), Remy Paris, OECD (Finance), Robert Watson, IPCC (Scientific Mechanisms), Mark Collins, World Conservation Monitoring Centre (Harmonization of Information Exchanges) and Salvano Briceno, Former Deputy, UNCCD, and Principal Officer, UNFCCC (Synergies for Sustainable Development)

Panel Discussion moderated by JA van Ginkel, Rector, UNU . . .

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Panelists, left to right: Wakako Hironaka, Member, House of Councilors, Japan, Delmar Blasco, Executive Secretary, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Kiyotaka Akasasa, MOFA, Japan, Willem Wijnstekers, Executive Secretary, CITES
Panelists, left to right: Lars Nordberg, Executive Secretary, LRTAP, Michael Graberm Deputy Executive Secretary, Montreal Protocol, Klaus T�pfer, Executive Director, UNEP, and Moderator J.A. van Ginkel, Rector, UNU
Delmar Blasco
Wakako Hironaka
Willem Wijnstekers
Participants attended a reception in the evening . . . .

Links to related sites

bullet Global Environment Information Centre

bullet Schedule of Events

bullet Background Information for Interlinkages Meeting

bullet Documents for the Interlinkages Meeting

bullet Participating Organizations

bullet Multilateral Environmental Agreements

bullet United Nations University

bullet Live Conference Internet Broadcast

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