Highlights and images for 24 May 2016



The second UN Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEA-2) continued deliberations in the Committee of the Whole (COW) on Tuesday. Idunn Eidheim, COW Chair, acknowledged concerns expressed by delegates the previous day about the organization of work and presented the Bureau’s proposed revised structure of three drafting groups to finalize the draft resolutions for Ministers' consideration later in the week. Delegates agreed to the proposal and two drafting groups convened during the day, while the COW met in plenary. A third drafting group convened in the evening.

Discussions in all three drafting groups continued into the evening.

Many side events, panel discussions and exhibitions took place around the conference venue during the day, including at the Sustainable Innovation Expo (SIE).

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has published a briefing note for the GMGSF 2016 and provided daily web coverage, daily reports from the UNEA-2. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from this meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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UNEA-2 participants discussing the organization of work in the COW

L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway; Tim Kasten, UNEP; Masa Nagai, UNEP;
and Hushan Al-Fityan, Rapporteur

John Moreti, Botswana

Dong Yao, China

Naohito Watanabe, Japan

Abdullah Khalid Tawlah, Saudi Arabia

Kauna Schröder, Namibia

Nebojša Kaluđerović, Montenegro

Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan

Emmanuelle Maire, EU

John Matuszak, US

Hesiquio Benitez Diaz, Mexico, consulting with COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway

Delegates from Iran consulting

COW Chair Idunn Eidheim, Norway

Tim Kasten, UNEP

Joseph DiGangi, IPEN

Rhoda Boateng, ITUC-Africa, on behalf of Workers and Trade Unions

Majid Shafie Pour, Iran

Wallace Chwala, Israel

Marcela Nicodemos, Brazil

Raza Bashir Tarar, Pakistan

Alice Akinyi Kaudia, Kenya

Arlette Sombo-Dibele
, Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development,
Water, Forests, Game and Fisheries,
Central African Republic

Vita Onwuasoanya, UN Division of Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS)

Delegates from Mexico


L-R: Jacqueline McGlade, UNEP and Drafting Group 1 Co-Chair Tita Korvenoja, Finland

Drafting Group 1 discussses a draft resolution on sustainable and optimal management of natural capital

Drafting Group 2 considers a draft resolution on sound management of chemicals and wastes

L-R: Cyrille-Lazare Siewe, UNEP; Drafting Group 2 Co-Chair John Moreti, Botswana; and Achim Halpaap, UNEP


Sustainable Innovation Expo (SIE): Panel discussion on "Less Waste, Better Environment and Healthy People"
L-R: David Newman, President, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA); Hussein Khansaheb, United Arab
Emirates; Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions;
and Surendra Shresta, UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

L-R: Chencho Norbu, Bhutan; Naohito Watanabe, Japan; and UNEA-1 President Oyun Sanjaasuren


UNEA-2 exhibit on the environmental dimensions of the SDGs

UNEA-2 exhibit on the African social enterprise "Alive and Kicking"

Jill Hanna, EU and Kimo Goree, IISD

L-R: Christopher Cox and Anjan Datta, UNEP

L-R: Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO, GIST Advisory and Yvo de Boer, Director-General, Global Green
Growth Institute (GGGI)


Negotiating blocs
European Union