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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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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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Opening Plenary

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

Siim Kiisler, Minister of the Environment, Estonia

Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General, UNON

Pacôme Moubelet-Boubeya, Minister of Forest, Sea and Environment, Gabon

Two young citizens from Uganda and the US present the #BeatPollution Pledge which was signed by more than 2,3 million individuals.

OECPR Chair John Moreti, Botswana

Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia

Raza Bashir Tarar, Pakistan

Saleh Sulaiman Al-Harthi, Oman

The Ethiopian delegation

Marta Juarez Ruiz, Costa Rica

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

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

National Statements

Francisca Ashietey-Odunton, Ghana

Erasmo Martínez, Mexico

Ahn Byungok, Vice Minister of Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea

Elsa Galarza Contreras, Minister for the Environment, Peru

Ibrahim Usman Jibril, Minister of State for Environment, Nigeria

Cynthia Silva Maturana, Plurinational State of Bolivia

Firdovsi Aliyev, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Azerbaijan

Committee of the Whole

Chair of the COW, John Matuszak, US

George Orina, Kenya

Andrew McNee, Australia

Toni Sandell, Finland

Fernando Coimbra, Brazil

Side Event: Towards a Pollution-Free Planet: Accelerating the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes

From L-R: Alejandro Garofali, Uruguay; Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; Jutta Emig, Germany; Mathias Schluep, World Resources Forum; Friedrich Barth, International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre; and Antonia Gawel, World Economic Forum

Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Jacob Duer, UNEP

Mathias Schluep, World Resources Forum

Alejandro Garofali, Uruguay

Friedrich Barth, International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Side Event: Unlocking Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies to Tackle Air Pollution

From L-R: Ambassador Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the World Trade Organization (WTO); Kennedy Orwa, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology; Aik Hoe Lim, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO; Jodie Roussell, CEO, Global Solar Council; Eliza Anyangwe, Freelance journalist and founder of The Nzinga Effect; VijayShekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO, Paytm; and Jorge Rodriguez Romero, European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment

Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Finland

Ambassador Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the WTO

Jorge Rodriguez Romero, European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment

Kennedy Orwa, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology

Eliza Anyangwe, Freelance journalist and founder of The Nzinga Effect, moderated the event

Side Event: Taking Action to Reduce Pollution in the Extractive Sector

The panel during the side event

John Atherton, International Council on Mining and Metals

Marco Lambertini, WWF

Helen Hakena, United Network for Worldwide Disaster Aid (UNWDA), Papua New Guinea

Women's Major Group Media Event: Attacks on Environmental Women Human Rights Defenders Unacceptable

View of the panel during the press conference

Hanna Gunnarsson, Women's Major Group

Griffins Ochieng, Centre for Environmental Justice and Development

Priscilla Achakpa, Women's Major Group

Reception hosted by the government of Kenya


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