Third Session of UNEP’s Intergovernmental Strategic Plan for Technology Support and  Capacity Building

2-4 December 2004, Bali, Indonesia 

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Highlights for Thursday, 2 December 2004

The third session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the IGSP (IGSP-3) convened on Thursday with opening statements, followed by the adoption of the agenda and agreement on the organization of work. In the afternoon, delegates convened in two working groups to deliberate the draft IGSP: Working Group I addressed sections on objectives and strategic considerations; and Working Group II discussed sections on institutional and financial mechanisms. 

Above photo L-R: The opening plenary of the third session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the IGSP (IGSP-3) was convened by Chair Arcado Ntagazwa with Shafqat Kakakhel, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Beverly Miller (UNEP)Rachmat Witoelar, Minister for the Environment, Indonesia; Adnan Amin (UNEP) and Susanto Sutoyo, Director General for Multilateral Economic, Finance and Development Affairs,   Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia.



Susanto Sutoyo
, Director General for Multilateral Economic, Finance and Development Affairs,   Ministry of Foreign Affairs
, said the development of the plan is to continue the momentum for all stakeholders to balance the harmony between human beings and nature.

Intergovernmental Working Group Chair Ntagazwa opened the plenary, noting that the outcome of the IGSP-3 will be named the “Bali Strategic Plan.”

Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesia’s State Minister for Environment, highlighted key areas for the effective implementation of technology support and capacity building programmes.

Shafkat Kakakhel, UNEP Deputy Executive Director, stressed that the IGSP constitutes a central pillar for the intergovernmental process on sustainable development.

General Statements:

Above photo: The dais during the session on general statements with Co-Facilitators Iduun Eidheim (Norway) and Bagher Asadi (Iran),  Shafqat Kakakhel , Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, Chair Arcado Ntagazwa, Werner Obermeyer and Adnan Amin (UNEP).

Above photos L-R: Tuala Sale Tagaloa, Minister for the Environment, Samoa  (Samoa) and Wilailak Suraphruk (Thailand) reported on the outcome of the Asia-Pacific Subregional Consultation on Capacity Building and Technology Support, held in Bangkok on 17 November 2004.

Above photos L-R: Peter Herkenrath, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, presented on the capacity building and technology transfer efforts in biodiversity; Craig Boljkovac, UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) outlined the  chemicals-related studies on capacity building and technology transfer; Monika Linn, Environmental Management Group (EMG), reported on the contribution of the EMG’s Issue Management Groups to the IGSP process. 



On the section outlining the objectives/ guiding principles of the IGSP, discussion focused on the facilitator’s new proposal (UNEP/IEG/IGSP/3/CRP.1), developed as a result of the informal consultations held on Wednesday, 1 December. Delegates agreed to a proposal from the EU and US to delete references to guiding principles in the title of the section. Above photos: View of WG-1 session facilitated by Idunn Eidheim (Norway) (right center)


On the introductory paragraph to the section on institutional mechanism/coordination, delegates agreed to use the G-77/China proposal as the basis of discussion. Above photos L-R: Werner Obermeyer (UNEP), Facilitator Bagher Asadi (Iran) and Adnan Amin (UNEP); View of WG-II discussing text for the draft intergovernmental strategic plan. 

The US proposed text to include a reference on intellectual property rights. Above photo: John Matuszak (US) making an intervention during a drafting session in WG-2.

On the subsection addressing global follow-up arrangements, the G-77/CHINA suggested retaining the opening paragraph and listing paragraphs addressing the function of the GC/GMEF, Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR), and the Executive Director. Above photo: Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan), spokesperson for the G77/China, making a statement. 

ENB Snapshots: Reception hosted by the Government of Indonesia, at the Ritz Carlton, Bali 

This service was prepared in cooperation with the UNEP Secretariat


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