Highlights and images for 5 March 2019



Highlights for Tuesday, 5 March 2019

View of the dais during the plenary session

UNEA-4 On Tuesday, the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR) continued its discussions in preparation for the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), in plenary sessions that ran in parallel with working group negotiations throughout the day. Delegates discussed budget and programme performance of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), contributions to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), while working groups deliberated on the text of draft resolutions to be forwarded to UNEA-4.Highlights of the day included deliberations and debates in plenary and in working groups on:

  • chemicals and waste;
  • sustainable management of nitrogen;
  • green business;
  • food loss and waste;
  • sustainable consumption and production in a circular economy;
  • elements of the draft Ministerial Declaration; and
  • the proposed programme of work and budget for the 2020-2021 biennium.
  • For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

    IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from OECPR-4 and UNEA-4, which is available in HTML and PDF.

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    Plenary Session
    Michael Spilsbury, UNEP
    Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP, and Sonja Leighton-Kone, UNEP
    Miriam Ott, Germany, and Marta Juárez Ruiz, Costa Rica
    Agus Justianto, Indonesia
    Erik Lundberg, Finland
    Gary Lewis, UNEP
    Sonja Leighton-Kone, UNEP
    Martin Gronda, Argentina
    Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia
    Milorad Šćepanović, Montenegro
    Nassira Rheyati, Morocco
    Working Group 1 - Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production
    Co-facilitators Erik Lundberg, Finland, and Koleka Anita Mqulwana, South Africa
    Tobias Cabani, Germany, and Pavel Cristian Vlaicu, Romania
    Suzan Moh'd Al Ajjawi, Bahrain
    Patrick Luna, Brazil
    Working Group 2 - Resource Efficiency, Chemicals and Waste
    Co-facilitator Marcus Davies, Canada
    Noluzuko Gwayi, South Africa
    Working Group 3 - Ecosystems and Biodiversity Management and Protection
    Sergio Salazar Alzate, Colombia
    Jorge Rodríguez Romero, EU
    Working Group 4 - Environmental Governance
    Co-facilitator Sunil de Silva, Sri Lanka
    Georgina Catacora-Vargas, Bolivia
    Erasmo Martínez, Mexico
    Lucy Richardson, New Zealand
    Working Group 5 - UNEP Programme of Work and Related Issues
    Toral Patel-Weynand, US
    Sebastian Gil, EU
    Facilitators and secretariat during Working Group 5 consultations
    Consultation on the Ministerial Declaration
    Gudi Alkemade, EU
    Hussein Roshdy, Egypt
    From L-R: UNEA-4 President Siim Valmar Kiisler, Estonia; Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP; and Abdullah Tawlah, Saudi Arabia
    Around the Venue


    Negotiating blocs
    European Union