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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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Delegates raising their cards during a procedural vote on whether to go to a vote on adopting the draft
resolution calling for UNEP to carry out environmental assessments in the Gaza Strip.

UNEA-2The second UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEA-2) continued into the early hours of Saturday, 28 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, after a full day of negotiations and other events on Friday.

A ministerial policy review session took place in the morning, in which ministers were presented with the findings of the “Healthy Environment, Healthy People” report, a joint effort of several organizations, including the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat. Ministers and other high-level delegates proceeded to discuss the topic in two parallel roundtables before lunchtime.

Drafting groups worked through the day to finalize the text of all resolutions.

In the COW closing plenary, delegates accepted the package of resolutions, including resolutions on the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy, Programme of Work and budget. They agreed to change the UNEA cycle so that future meetings will take place in odd, not even, years, with the next meeting to take place in late 2017. Delegates forwarded the package to the UNEA-2 plenary for adoption.

In a late-night session, UNEA-2 accepted a package of 24 resolutions and 2 decisions. Delegates debated whether to put a G-77/China-sponsored resolution on “Field-based environment assessment of the Gaza strip” (UNEP/EA.2/CRP.6) to a vote.

11:20 pm Israel calls for a vote.

11:30 pm Syria calls for a motion of “no action.”

11:57 pm Plenary suspended to allow parties to consult.

12:31 am Plenary resumes.

12: 35 am G-77/China announces the draft resolution will not be withdrawn.

12:53 am UNEA-2 Chair invites delegates to vote on whether they wish to proceed to a substantive vote on the Gaza resolution. Brazil and Syria raise points of order.

12:57 am Delegates vote by holding up pink cards. Many abstain.

1:00 am Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, announces results of the procedural vote: 36 in favour, 4 against, and 35 abstentions. He explains that UNEA requires a quorum of 97 for the result to be valid, and the quorum has not been reached in this case.

1:20 am Egypt questions interpretation of quorum rule. Secretariat apologizes for misinterpretation and says there are sufficient numbers to proceed. US disagrees, moves to suspend the session in the absence of a quorum.

1:45 am Plenary comes to a halt as delegates discuss the status of the meeting on the sidelines.

1:59 am UNEA-2 President calls for a Bureau meeting, asks delegates to remain in the room meanwhile.

2:27 am #UNEA2 Bureau returns to the room. Secretariat to conduct a roll call to check if there is a quorum present.

2:55 am Roll call shows 78 members present. One-third needed to have a legal session. But majority must be here to proceed to a vote. #UNEA2

2:59 am #UNEA2 President calls to adjourn the session, suggest to reconvene 11 am Saturday 28 May.

3:11 am Delegates consider proposal to reconvene. Egypt and Pakistan, question legal status of meeting. Colombia, EU, Ukraine and others express appreciation to all for the hard work done this week, and the agreement on 25 resolutions at UNEA-2.

3:49 am UNEA-2 President notes overwhelming support to close the session rather than reconvening. Many delegates welcome the 24 resolutions previously adopted. Rapporteur presents report of the meeting.

3:56 am #UNEA2 adopts meeting report, President gavels the meeting to a close.

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

MINISTERIAL POLICY REVIEW SESSION “HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, HEALTHY PEOPLE”

L-R: Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK; Mary
Robinson
, Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director;
Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, President of UNEA-2 and Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of the Governing Bodies, UNEP



Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological
Organization (WMO)


Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation


Video message by Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)


Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK


L-R: Barbara Pompili, Minister of State for Biodiversity, France, and Jean-Patrick Le Duc, France

MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE 1

View of the room of the Ministerial Roundtable 1


Co-Chairs of Roundtable 1, Daniel Ortega Pacheco, Minister of Environment, Ecuador, and
Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran and Head of the Environmental
Protection Organization


Leonardo Trasande, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, US


Omar Abdi, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Secretary, UNICEF

Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)


Christine Dawson and Daniel Reifsnyder, US



Mustafa Satilmiş, Turkey


Cristina Tirado - von der Pahlen, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Aminiasi Qareqare, Fiji


L-R: Cristina Romanelli and Amy Fraenkel, CBD


MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE 2

L-R: Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building
and Nuclear Safety, Germany; Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
; and Jamil Ahmad,
Deputy Director, UNEP Office in New York


Jane Nishida, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, US, and Chair of the Advisory Group of the Global Alliance
to Eliminate Lead Paint


Yannick Glemarec
, UN Women

Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat


Delegates from Senegal


Chencho Norbu, Bhutan


Johanita Ndahimananjara
, Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests, Madagascar

Rachid Firadi, Morocco


Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Energy and Environment, Maldives


Eleanor Parkes, Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute, speaking on behalf of Children and Youth Major Group

Mariano Castro, Vice-Mnister for Environmental Management, Ministry of Environment, Peru


Delegates from China


MULTI-STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE

View of the multi-stakeholder dialogue on "Restoring and sustaining healthy ecosystems for people and planet: partnerships
to jointly deliver on the environmental dimension of Agenda 2030"


L-R: Dialogue moderators, Andrew Steer, CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI), and Sharon Sharon Dijksma, State
Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands


Mark Halle, Director of Trade and Investment, International Institute for Sustainable Development


Joan Carling, Secretary-General, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Antonio Herman Benjamin, Justice of the National High Court, Brazil


Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum


O. C. Z. Muchinguri, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe

John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)



Participants from Major Groups and Stakeholders


L-R: Andrea Reimer, Councilor, City of Vancouver, Canada, and Yunus Arikan, ICLEI


COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE (COW)

L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway;
Tim Kasten, UNEP; and Masa Nagai, UNEP



COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway

Hushan Al-Fityan, Rapporteur


Yahel Vilan, Israel


Drafting Group 1 Co-Chair Tita Korvenoja, Finland


Drafting Group 2 Co-Chair Pedro Escosteguy Cardoso, Brazil

Drafting Group 3 Co-Chair Corinna Enders, Germany


UNEA-2 PLENARY

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


Delegates from Arab States in informal consultations



Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of Iran and Head of the Environmental
Protection Organization


Voting flags being distributed in plenary


Masa Nagai, Senior Legal Advisor, UNEP, confers with UNEA-2 Secretariat on Rules of Procedure.














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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).