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16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) and 2nd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

21-22 and 23-27 May 2016 | UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

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President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, accompanied by Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General;
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and
Regional Development Authorities, Kenya; and Ségolène Royal, President of UNFCCC COP 21
and Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France

UNEA-2The High-Level Segment of the second UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEA-2) opened on Thursday. UN heads welcomed all delegates, in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, who delivered opening remarks.

A ministerial luncheon took place, where high-level delegates were briefed on the previous day’s symposium on mobilizing investment for sustainable development.

Meanwhile, the three drafting groups of the Committee of the Whole (COW) continued to meet to finalize all resolutions for consideration and adoption by ministers on Friday, and the COW met in plenary in the evening.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has published a briefing note for the GMGSF 2016 and provided daily web coverage, daily reports from the UNEA-2. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from this meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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Video Coverage at UNEA-2

UNEA-2 HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

L-R: Ségolène Royal, President of UNFCCC COP 21 and Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs,
France; President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya; Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, President of UNEA-2; Jan Eliasson, UN
Deputy Secretary-General; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director; and Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign
Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco


UNEA-2 participants were entertained by the Kenyan Boys Choir



Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, President of UNEA-2

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director


Ségolène Royal, President of UNFCCC COP 21 and Minister of the Environment, Energy and Marine Affairs, France



Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Morocco

Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General


President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya


L-R: Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, President of UNEA-2 and Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of the Governing Bodies,
UNEP



Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, delivering his policy statement


Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, received a standing ovation from UNEA-2 participants


Chen Jining, Minister of Environmental Protection, China



Joan Clos, Secretary General of the Habitat III Conference and Executive Director, UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment, Cuba




Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria

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


Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


Anyaa Vohiri, Executive Director and CEO, Environmental Protection Agency, Liberia

Didier Dogley, Minister of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, Seychelles


Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs


Inger Andersen, Director-General, IUCN

Carlos Lopes, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa


L-R: Drafting Group 3 Co-Chair Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, and Ahmad Al-Qatarneh,
Secretary-General, Ministry of Environment, Jordan


Arun Kumar Mehta, India


Bomo Edith Edna Molewa
, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Ramon Paje, Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippines


Maria de Fátima Jardim, Ministry of Environment, Angola


Andrä Rupprechter
, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Minister of Environment, Waters and Forests, Romania


L-R: Franz Perrez, Ambassador for the Environment and Marc Chardonnens, State Secretary for the Environment,
Switzerland


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (COW)

View of the evening session of the COW


L-R: Mette Wilkens, UNEP; COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway; Tim Kasten, UNEP; Masa Nagai, UNEP;
and Hushan Al-Fityan, Rapporteur



MINISTERIAL LUNCHEON

Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, welcomed participants to the working ministerial luncheon


L-R: Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director;
Erik Solheim, incoming UNEP Executive Director; and Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, looking at a
model satellite.



 


 



Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)


Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building
and Nuclear Safety, Germany


SIDE EVENTS

View of the side event on marine plastics and microplastics, organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and
Environment, GRID Arendal and the Global Partnership on Marine Litter


Cecilie Mauritzen, Chief Scientist, Kon-Tiki2 Expedition, Norwegian Institute for Water Research, spoke of her experiences encountering marine pollution.


Rolph Payet
, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, spoke of the duties of governments to ensure they put in place mechanisms to protect people from the toxic chemicals found in marine waste.

Jane Nishida, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, US, spoke on the US Trash Free Waters Initiative that works with US state and city governments to develop a domestic model that can be replicated.

 


Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway, announced a US$1 million pledge to UNEP to combat marine plastic debris.


Siti Nurbaya, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Indonesia, spoke of her country's campaign, “Less Plastic, More Fantastic” and said that they are willing to work at all levels to come up with solutions to marine litter.

Konrad Paulsen Rivas, Chilean Ambassador to Kenya, spoke of his country's work with the US on the “Our Oceans” conference and their focus on pursuing oceans and seas policy.

 









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Specific funding for coverage of GMGSF 2016 and UNEA-2 has been provided by UNEP
UNEP

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2016 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, SWAN International, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).