Highlights and images for 15 March 2019



Highlights for Friday, 15 March 2019

UNEA-4 President Siim Valmar Kiisler, and Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP

On Friday, delegates attended two Leadership Dialogues in the morning, while ministers delivered national statements. The dialogues addressed, in turn, life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management, and innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change. Reporting back to plenary in the afternoon, the dialogue moderators highlighted the need for a significant shift toward sustainable consumption and production (SCP), They noted there is no single definition of a sustainable lifestyle, but that a collaborative effort by all stakeholders can create a chain reaction of change, “if we have the courage to make it happen.”In the afternoon closing plenary, delegates adopted the Ministerial Declaration, 26 resolutions and three decisions, addressing many global environmental issues including marine litter and microplastics, single-use plastics, sustainable nitrogen management, and the empowerment of women and girls in environmental governance. They also adopted the UNEP Programme of Work and budget for 2020-21. The US disassociated itself from the Ministerial Declaration, and expressed its reservation regarding references in the resolutions to several international agreements, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, stating that these have no standing with regard to negotiations on trade.Many delegates expressed appreciation for the efforts of UNEA-4 President Siim Kiisler, the Committee of Permanent Representatives, and the UNEP Secretariat in preparing for and supporting the meeting. They also welcomed incoming UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen.The plenary elected Ola Elvestuen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway, as President of UNEA-5, and Nomvula Mokonyane (South Africa) as Rapporteur. They elected office bearers representing all regions.Delegates witnessed a presentation by children of water samples from special places around the world, and a video message from UN General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa (Ecuador). Kiisler thanked all participants warmly, and gaveled UNEA-4 to a close at 7.30 pm.

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Plenary Session
Harry Verhaar, Philips Lighting
Marcin Krupa, Katowice City Mayor, Poland
View of the dais during the plenary session
Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt
Daniel Wai-Poi, New Zealand
Solitaire Townsend, Futerra
Rebecca Freitag, Youth Delegate for Sustainable Development
Wanjiru Waweru, Funkidz
Shady Rabab, Rabab Luxor Art Collective
Ola Elvestuen, President of UNEA-5, and Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
UNEA-4 President Siim Valmar Kiisler receiving a Testimony of Appreciation from Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP
Wael Aboulmagd, Egypt, and Michał Kurtyka, President of the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Committee of Permanent Representatives Chair Francisca Ashietey-Odunton, Ghana, and Committee of the Whole Chair Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Koleka Anita Mqulwana, South Africa
Erasmo Martínez and Lino Santacruz Moctezuma, Mexico
Yannis Derbali, UNEP, and Pedro-José Espinosa, UN Office at Nairobi (UNON)
From L-R: UNEA-4 President Siim Valmar Kiisler; Erik Grigoryan, Minister of Nature Protection, Armenia; and Vigen Ananyan, Armenia
Patrick Luna, Brazil, and Hugo Schally, EU
Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo and Jamil Ahmad, UNEP
Leadership Dialogue: Life-Cycle Approaches to Resource Efficiency, Energy, Chemicals and Waste Management
From L-R: Moderator Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel; Inga Rhonda King, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Sarah Chandler, Apple Inc; Michael Gotsche, BASF-Africa; Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Zurich; and Leyla Acaroglu, UNEP Champion of the Earth
Moderator Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel
Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Zurich
Sarah Chandler, Apple Inc
Inga Rhonda King, ECOSOC President
From L-R: Michael Gotsche, BASF-Africa; Stefanie Hellweg, ETH Zurich; and Leyla Acaroglu, UNEP Champion of the Earth
Leadership Dialogue: Innovative Business Development at a Time of Rapid Technological Change
Moderator Felix Dodds, University of North Carolina
Hugh Weldon, 2018 Young Champion of the Earth
From L-R: Pierre Courtemanche, CEO, GeoTraceability; Priya Mehra, Victory Farms; and Jane Nyakang'o, Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre
Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia
Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg
National Statements in UNEA-4 Plenary
Michał Kurtyka, UNFCCC COP24 President
Suleiman Hassan Zarma, Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing, Nigeria
Fadi Jreissati, Minister of Environment, Lebanon
Josefa Leonel Correa Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture
Alexander Teabo, Minister for Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati
Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister and Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Climate Change
Joseph Séka Séka, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Côte d'Ivoire
Eneida De León, Ministry of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment, Uruguay
Closing Ceremony
L-R: Inger Andersen, incoming Executive Director, UNEP, Siim Kiisler, UNEA-4 President, and Joyce Msuya, acting Executive Director, UNEP, water seedlings with freshwater collected by children from special places around the world as a symbol of global unity.
In memory of the people lost after the Ethiopian Airlines 302 crash
Around the Venue
The Flipflopi Project: a boat built entirely from plastic collected on beaches and roadsides in Kenya
The Ecological Pavilion: an entirely 3D printed pavilion made of biodegradable bamboo


Negotiating blocs
African Union
European Union
Non-state coalitions