Ninth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF)
7-9 February 2006 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
International Conference on Chemicals Management
4-6 February 2006 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Highlights from Thursday, 9 February

Photo: Klaus Toepfer and Shafqat Kakakhel after the closure of Toepfer's last meeting as Executive Director of UNEP

Web and Photo Archives: Saturday, 4 Feb * Sunday, 5 Feb * Monday, 6 Feb * Tuesday, 7 Feb * Wednesday, 8 Feb

Review of the Chairman's Summary in morning plenary



Arab Hoballah, UNEP, Malik Amin Aslam, Minister of the Environment, Pakistan, and Mark Radka, UNEP

Malik Amin Aslam, Minister of the Environment, Pakistan, moderated the morning session (left) and UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer


The UK (left) stressed the need for a forward-looking document to forward to the CSD, and urged a focus on sustainable tourism, rather than only on ecotourism. Right photo: John Cristensen, UNEP, Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace, and Mark Radka, UNEP

Committee of the Whole

Closing Plenary
GC President Rachmat Witoelar
John Matuzsak and Claudia McMurray, US
Speaking on behalf of NGOs, Susan Brown, WWF (right) , said IEG discussions must address issues of, among other things, coherence, harmonization, compliance, capacity building and transparency.
Karstnn Sach, Germany, speaking in the final plenary to wish Klaus Toepfer well

Rapporteur Donald Cooper, Bahamas, presents the report of the meeting

Standing ovation for Klaus Toepfer
In his closing statement, Klaus Toepfer, spoke of his years at UNEP and in Kenya, and stressed the importance of tolerance and understanding between cultures.

Closing Event
Achim Steiner, Director-General, IUCN, spoke on sustainable tourism and the environment (left) and with Klaus Toepfer (center)

Press Conference with the GC President and Klaus Toepfer

Miscellaneous Photos

Relevant links:

 Pre-session events and Parallel Events

ENB coverage of relevant and preparatory meetings:

ENB coverage of the 23rd Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, Nairobi Kenya, 2005

Eighth Special Session of GC and the Fifth Global Ministerial Environment Forum, Jeju, South Korea, 2004

ENB coverage of UNEP's Intergovernmental Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity Building:

  • ISP-3 Bali, Indonesia, 2-4 December, 2004
  • ISP-2 Nairobi, Kenya, 2-4 September, 2004
  • ISP-1 New York, US 25 June, 2004

ENB Coverage of the process for the Further Development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM):

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