Highlights and images of main proceedings for 16 January 2019



Highlights for Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Participants observed a moment of silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Westlands, Nairobi, that took place on the previous day.

The Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group (AHWG) opened on Wednesday with the observance of a minute of silence for the victims of Tuesday's suspected terrorist attack in Nairobi. The Co-Chairs led the tribute for the victims and their families, and in solidarity with the people and government of Kenya.The AHWG resumed consideration of the Secretary-General’s report on “Gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments: towards a global pact for the environment” (A/73/419), covering chapters on, respectively, environment-related instruments (trade, investment, intellectual property, and human rights), gaps related to the governance structure of international environmental law (IEL), and gaps relating to the implementation and effectiveness of IEL.Among the points raised were:

  • The role of UNEP and the United Nations Environment Assembly, and their relationship to other parts of the IEL regime;
  • The scope of the AHWG’s mandate regarding environment-related instruments, and the autonomy of MEAs;
  • Gaps in the UNSG’s report, including corporate responsibility for environmental damage;
  • The merits of an overarching normative framework for IEL, and the respective merits of specialization in MEAs;
  • Links between implementation of IEL and means of implementation;
  • The role of non-state actors and resources to facilitate their participation in the AHWG process;
  • Inter-MEA coordination and synergies, including recognition of ongoing work, and whether synergies are best achieved at the national level;
  • Links between the AHWG mandate and Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Implementation at various scales, including local, regional, and global, and capacity building for stakeholders, including judges;
  • The scope of the AHWG, including state and civil liability; and
  • The merits of continuing with a facilitative model of compliance in MEAs.
  • Bilateral conversations also continued throughout the day, as delegations sought to clarify numerous issues in order to develop their positions.

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    Co-Chair Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lebanon
    Luciano Donadio Linares and Martin Gronda, Argentina
    Melissa Cotterill, Australia, and Vigen Ananyan, Armenia
    Haibo Gou, China
    Ana Barreira, International Institute for Law and the Environment
    Co-Chair Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Portugal, with Jamil Ahmad, UN Environment (UNEP)
    Pamela Rocha, Ecuador, and Martin Gronda, Argentina
    Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, European Union
    Lori Dando, US
    Akram Mirzakhani, Iran
    Rana Burley, Canada
    Pamela Rocha, Ecuador
    Birthe Ivars, Norway
    Tom Okurut, Uganda
    From L-R: Abdullah Tawlah, Saudi Arabia; Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt; and Hussein Roshdy, Egypt
    Jamil Ahmad, UN Environment (UNEP), with Abdullah Tawlah, Saudi Arabia
    Maribe Mujinga Nsompo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Marta Juarez Ruiz, Costa Rica
    Shannon-Marie Soni, Canada
    Nassira Rheyati, Morocco
    Helge Elisabeth Zeitler and Sebastian Gil, European Union
    Nazrul Islam, Bangladesh
    Vinicius Trindade, Brazil
    Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt
    Yacouba Savadogo, Burkina Faso
    Clement Yow Mulalap, Federated States of Micronesia
    Maria del Rosario Lemos, Colombia
    Nathan Glassey, New Zealand
    Rútur Arnarson, Iceland, and Peter Doran, IISD Reporting Services
    Saglar Djerang, Chad
    Marco Balarezo, Peru
    Around the venue


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union