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Fifteenth session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-15)

21-22 June 2014, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

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Highlights for Saturday, 21 June 2014
First UNEA to UNEP The 15th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-15) opened on Saturday 21 June 2014, at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Forum takes place ahead of the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the UNEP (UNEA).

During the opening plenary session on Saturday morning, participants heard welcome statements from Marcos Orellana, co-Chair of the Major Groups Facilitating Committee, and Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Director, UNEP. This was followed by a session titled “UNEA: Significance, Structure and Expected Outcomes,” during which Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of the Governing Bodies, UNEP, and Alexander Juras, Chief, UNEP Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch, briefed GMGSF participants on the UNEA process so far and the status of UNEP’s Stakeholder Engagement Policy that is due to be negotiated for possible adoption at UNEA.

In the afternoon, participants met in nine thematic clusters to discuss GMGSF-15 input to the four thematic discussions taking place during UNEA’s high-level segment, as well as a number of draft decisions. The session concluded with a two-hour open dialogue session with Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP.

View of the opening session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-15)
 
L-R: Norine Kennedy, Co-Chair, UNEP Major Group Facilitating Committee (MGFC); Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director; and Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum


OPENING SESSION
 
L-R: Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP; Alexander Juras, UNEP; Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director; Marcos
Orellana
, Co-Chair, MGFC; and Norine Kennedy, Co-Chair, MGFC
 
 
Marcos Orellana, Co-Chair, MGFC
 
Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director
 
 
   
L-R: Kehkashan Basu, Green Hope, United Arab Emirates, and Global Coodinator for Children and Youth, MGFC and
Nhattan Nguyen, World Organization of the Scout Movement
   
 
 
Jiří Hlaváček, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP
 
Alexander Juras, UNEP
 
 
Susan Brown, WWF International
 
John Hontelez, Forest Stewardship Council
 
Neth Daño, ETC Group
 
Calvin James, Partnership Initiative for Sustainable Land Management and Global
Coordinator for Farmers, MGFC
 
UNEA: THEMATIC CLUSTERS
 
   
L-R: MGFC Co-Chairs Marcos Orellana and Norine Kennedy, facilitated the breakout group session and grouped the participants into nine thematic clusters
   
 
   
Breakout group on sustainable development goals
   
 
Breakout group on environmental rule of law
 
 
Breakout group on science-policy interface
 
Breakout group on chemicals and wastes
 
 
   
L-R: Essam Nada, Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction, in discussion with Mariann Bassey Orovwuje,
ETC Group
   
 
L-R: Griet Verbeke, Belgium, in conversation with Susanna Rivero Baughman, Marta Subirà i Roca, and Rodrigo Furtado
Messias
, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development
 
OPEN DIALOGUE WITH ACHIM STEINER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNEP
 
   
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner giving his welcome remarks during the open-dialogue session
   
 
 
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
 
Marta Subirà i Roca, Network of Regional Governments for
Sustainable Development
 
 
Ana Barreira, International Institute for Law and the Environment
Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum
Marlene Francia, IBON International
 
Kenty Richardson, Regional Environmental
Center
 
Aby Drame Sarr, ENDA
 
Lalanath de Silva, World Resources Institute
 
   
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner with GMGSF-15 participants
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Related Links
UNEA-1 General Resources

*UNEA-1 Website

*GMGSF-15 Website

*GMGSF-15 Agenda

*Statements and Recommendations by Major Groups and Stakeholders to UNEA-1

*GMGSF Previous Sessions

*GMGSF Website

*UNEA-1 Full Schedule

*UNEA-1 Scenario Note

*UNEA-1 Annotated Agenda

*UNEA-1 Organization

*UNEA-1 Documents

*High-level Segment Ministerial Plenary: The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals including Sustainable Consumption and Production

*High-level Segment Ministerial Dialogue on Illegal Trade in Wildlife

*Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law

*Symposium on Financing a Green Economy

*Gender Forum


IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the First meeting of the UNEP Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR), 24-28 March 2014, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Twenty-seventh Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF), 18-22 February 2013, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

bulletIISD RS briefing note of GMGSF-14, 16-17 February 2013, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya (HTML - PDF)

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council (GCSS-12/GMEF), 20-22 February 2012, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings

*IISD RS summary report of GMGSF-13, 18-19 February 2012, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya (HTML - PDF)

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*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

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