12th Special Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum Concluded in Nairobi
The United Nations Environment Programme held the 12th Special Session of its Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) from 20-22 February 2012. Approximately 900 delegates from 150 countries, including environment ministers, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, major groups and stakeholders, attended the conference in the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Governing Council reviewed important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment. Seven decisions were successfully negotiated and adopted on issues such as international environmental governance, chemicals and waste, sustainable consumption and production, coordination across the UN system including the Environment Management Group, the Multilateral Environmental Agreements for which UNEP serves as the secretariat, and the UNEP 40th Anniversary Ministerial Statement.
The Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF), held in parallel with the Governing Council negotiations, served as a high-level intergovernmental milestone in the intense preparatory process for the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. Plenary sessions and ministerial roundtables provided a platform for delegates to freely exchange views on the main topics of Rio+20, and to voice their current reactions to the Zero Draft for the summit outcomes.
The President’s Summary and other official outcome documents from the UNEP GC/GMEF will be made available on the event website. For daily coverage and photos from the conference, see the Earth Negotiation Bulletin.