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3rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UN Environment Programme (OECPR-3) and 3rd Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3)

29 November - 1 December and 4-6 December 2017 | UN Environment Programme Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

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A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

View of the room during the closing plenary

A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

Highlights for Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The High-Level Segment of the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) opened today in Nairobi, Kenya. The opening plenary was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and follow up remarks were delivered by Presidents David Granger of Guyana and Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago.

Delegates then convened in four consecutive thematic Leadership Dialogues, with plenary sessions to present national statements continuing in parallel. Committee of the Whole (COW) informal group consultations also continued throughout the day, adopting the remaining three decisions and resolutions in the closing plenary in the evening.

In the evening, the “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on People and Pollution” took place.

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Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Marie Chatardová, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Abdelmoneim Mabrouk, Sudan, speaking on behalf of the Arab League

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary. Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention

Rakesh Sharma, Cosmonaut, first Indian to travel in space

Mae Jemison, NASA Astronaut, first African American woman to travel in space

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP

Chair of the COW, John Matuszak, US

UNEA-3 President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica, with Julia Pataki, Romania

Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP

Martin Gomez Bustillo, Argentina, with Marta Juarez Ruiz, Costa Rica

The Swiss delegation

UNEA-3 President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica, with the Australian delegation

The UNEA-3 ENB team

Highlights for Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, and UNEA President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica, taking a selfie for the #BeatPollution campaign

The High-Level Segment of the third session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-3) opened today in Nairobi, Kenya. The opening plenary was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and follow up remarks were delivered by Presidents David Granger of Guyana and Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago.

Delegates then convened in four consecutive thematic Leadership Dialogues, with plenary sessions to present national statements continuing in parallel. Committee of the Whole (COW) informal group consultations also continued throughout the day, adopting the remaining three decisions and resolutions in the closing plenary in the evening.

In the evening, the “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on People and Pollution” took place.

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View of the dais during the High-Level Segment

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP

David Granger, President of Guyana

UNEA-3 President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of Trinidad and Tobago

Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP, and David Granger, President of Guyana

Highlights for Monday, 4 December 2017

A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

The third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) opened on Monday at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). After adopting the agenda and organization of work, delegates heard opening statements before convening the Committee of the Whole (COW) to review the status of decisions and resolutions to be forwarded to the Assembly for adoption. At a parallel plenary session, country representatives presented national statements.

In the afternoon, delegates convened informal consultations to move forward on outstanding decisions and resolutions, but did not manage to reach agreement on all draft texts. The COW plenary convened late into the night.

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From L-R: Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General, UNON; Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya; Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly; Erik Solheim, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); UNEA President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; and Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP

UNEA President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Judy Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya

Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General, UNON, with Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP

Marie-France Houle, Canada, with Kimo Goree, IISD

Highlights for Friday, 1 December 2017

A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

On the final day of the third meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-3), delegates continued negotiations in the five contact groups throughout the day, adding extended sessions into the night. During the evening closing plenary, delegates welcomed the successful conclusion of discussions on the draft ministerial outcome document and agreed to forward the document to UNEA-3 for consideration. Delegates also adopted eight of the 13 draft decisions and resolutions by acclamation and earmarked the remaining five resolutions for informal consultations over the weekend.

OECPR Chair John Moreti drew the meeting to a close at 10:52 pm.

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Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP; OECPR Chair John Moreti, Botswana

Rose Makena Muchiri, Kenya

Marta Juarez Ruiz, Costa Rica

Yingxian Xia, China

Hussein Roshdy, Egypt

Ado Lõhmus, EU

Helda Khasmy, Women Major Group, Indonesia

Webster Chiyangwa, Zimbabwe

Andrea Jones Bennett, Jamaica

Annemari Vene, Estonia, with Kelly Hertenweg, Belgium

Delegates between sessions

Highlights for Thursday, 30 November 2017

A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

On the second day of OECPR-3, delegates convened in contact groups throughout the day and in the evening. Contact groups discussed three draft decisions on procedural matters, and made progress on a number of substantive resolutions.

In the evening, consultations on the ministerial outcome document of the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) took place.

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Suseno Sukoyono, Indonesia

Andrew McNee, Australia

From L-R: Mai Britt Knoph, Norway; Nathan Glassey, New Zealand; and Mona Aarhus, Norway

Wilson Sumner, US

Koketso Chibana, Botswana

Delegates from the EU

Highlights for Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A view of the gardens of the UN Environment Programme headquarters

Room view during the opening plenary.

The third meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-3) opened in Nairobi on Wednesday morning. Following welcome statements by OECPR Chair John Moreti (Botswana) and UN Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim, representatives of regional groups and Member States made opening statements. Delegates then adopted the organization of work and established five contact groups to finalize draft decisions and resolutions that will be forwarded to the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3). In the afternoon, UNEA-3 President Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta briefed delegates on the status of consultations on the ministerial outcome document.

Contact group discussion of draft resolutions as well as the UNEA-3 ministerial outcome document continued into the evening.

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From L-R: OECPR Chair John Moreti, Botswana; Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UN Environment Programme; and UNEA President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica

Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) Vice-Chair Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia

Martin Gomez Bustillo, Argentina

Erasmo Martínez, Mexico

Jillian Dempster, New Zealand

Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UN Environment Programme

Delegates from the EU confer

Women Major Group: Tribute to Environmental Women Human Rights Defenders


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