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THE TWENTIETH SESSION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM

Nairobi, Kenya
1 - 5 February,  1999

 

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The 20th session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council took place at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1-5 February 1999. This session marked the first meeting of the Council since the adop-tion of the Nairobi Declaration on the Role and Mandate of UNEP, the UN General Assembly Special Session to review the implementation of Agenda 21, and the appointment of Dr. Klaus T�pfer as UNEP Executive Director. The session consisted of a three-day technical segment and a two-day high-level segment. Approximately 600 delegates, including ministers and senior government officials from over 100 countries, as well as represen-tatives from environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), UN agencies, international organizations, business and industry, and youth organizations attended the week-long meeting.

 

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High-Level Ministerial Segment

COLOMBIA said the duration of the GC was inadequate, called for regional ministerial meeting to set priorities, and supported the idea of an open ended GC.
FRANCE strongly supported the ongoing POPs negotiations, and highlighted the decisive role played by UNEP.

FINLAND emphasized integration of environmental, social and economic issues at all levels of the UN system as envisioned by the establishment of the EMG. She also emphasized collaboration and coordination among environmental conventions, noting that increased collaboration could also contribute to capacity building in developing countries.

Regarding development issues, BURKINA FASO emphasized interlinkages between development and the environment and said the environment cannot be addressed without also addressing poverty alleviation.
BRAZIL said the provisions of global environmental conventions should not constitute non-tariff barriers to trade or access to export markets in developing countries.

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