Highlights and images of main proceedings for 17 January 2019



Highlights for Thursday, 17 January 2019

Co-Chairs Francisco António Duarte Lopes, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Portugal, and Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lebanon

On Thursday, the first substantive session of the Ad hoc Open-Ended Working Group heard a brief report on the progress of deliberations this week in Nairobi. Co-Chair Francisco Duarte Lopes, Portugal, reported that many delegations had recognized the existence of gaps and challenges while others held different views, and further efforts would be needed to establish which gaps need to be addressed as part of the AHWG mandate. Delegates began to consider arrangements for a second substantive session in Nairobi. Lopes proposed to delegates that the provisional agenda for the second session could feature consideration of possible options to address possible gaps in international environmental law (IEL) and environment-related instruments. The upcoming session would give delegations “space for sharing views” ahead of recommendations to the UNGA. Delegations and others, including civil society, were invited to provide further written inputs to the Co-Chairs, ideally by 20 February 2019. Discussion of various counter-proposals from delegations is to be taken up on Friday. Some voiced concerns about having enough time to prepare meaningful contributions to a second session. Delegates also began to consider the final chapter of the Secretary-General’s report, which focuses on conclusions. Among the issues raised were, inter alia:

  • Attitudes to the Secretary-General’s report, and whether it had gone beyond its mandate;
  • Whether the case has begun to be made for bringing all IEL principles into a new international instrument (pact);
  • The contribution of non-binding and national-level approaches to environmental law, including the Stockholm and Rio Declarations;
  • Limiting a new instrument to areas of IEL with no current institutional home;
  • The AHWG’s need for new information inputs, including a comprehensive analysis of IEL principles and environment-related instruments; and
  • Possible recommendations to the UNGA to encourage related work on IEL.
  • IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, is providing daily web coverage and will provide 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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    Shard Sapra, India, with Jean-Marc Séré-Charlet, France
    Camila Zepeda Lizama, Mexico, and Lino Santacruz Moctezuma, Mexico
    Alexandra Gonzales Arguedas, and Marta Juarez Ruiz, Costa Rica
    Melissa Cotterill, Australia
    Alassane Conte, Guinea
    Delegates from the GRULAC region conferring during a break.
    Raza Bashir Tarar, Pakistan
    Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
    Victoria Sulimani, Sierra Leone
    Feng Xu, China
    Tom Okurut, Uganda
    Dragan Županjevac, Serbia
    Birthe Ivars, Norway
    Troy Torrington, Guyana
    Maribe Mujinga Nsompo, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Abdu al-Sharif and Abdullah Tawlah, Saudi Arabia
    Lazhar Soualem, Algeria
    Mariline Diara, Senegal
    Vigen Ananyan, Armenia
    Nassira Rheyati, Morocco
    From L-R: Oleg Senchenko, Russian Federation; Lori Dando, US; Ian Naumkin, Russian Federation
    Antonio Benjamin, International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL)
    Raoul Renard, International Chamber of Commerce
    Alphonce Muia and Hellen Mugo, Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA)
    Lori Dando, US, with Co-Chair Amal Mudallali, Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lebanon
    From L-R: Antonio Benjamin, ICEL; Fernando Coimbra, Brazil; and Vinicius Trindade, Brazil
    Abdullah Tawlah, Saudi Arabia, with Jamil Ahmad, UN Environment (UNEP)
    Martin Gronda, Argentina, and Vigen Ananyan, Armenia
    Stadler Trengove, UN Legal Officer, discussing with the IISD Reporting Services team.
    Around the venue


    Negotiating blocs
    Latin American and Caribbean Group
    Non-state coalitions