Highlights and images 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.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, povided daily web coverage and a summary and analysis report from the 1st Substantive Session of the Ad Hoc Open Ended Working Group Towards a Global Pact for the Environment.

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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
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Negotiating blocs
European Union