23rd SESSION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL/GLOBAL MINISTERIAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM 

Nairobi, 21-26 February 2005 

ENVIRONMENT INSTITUTE PROGRAMME  

 

Date

Time

Title and brief description

Organized by

Location

Monday

21/02/2005

 

 

 

 

1:00-2:00 PM

Launch of publication “Outstanding Environmental Issues for Human Development”

Theme: Review of the role of the environment in achieving the MDGs

Structure: Presentation, launch and discussion

Speakers:

·          Introduction by Mr. van Geel, State Secretary for the Environment of the Netherlands

·          Presentation of the book by Mr. Tom Manders, Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

·          Reaction by UNEP , Mr. Bakary Kante, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Development and Law

Goverment of the Netherlands

Environment Institute

(Recreation Centre)

21/02/2005

 

3:00-6:00 PM

Training of African journalists on environmental reporting

Theme: Training of journalists on in-depth understanding of the environmental aspects of implementation of MDG 1 in order to facilitate a paradigm shift in journalism towards achieving MDGs, and to enhance reporting skills and techniques.

Structure: Three hour training session with lecture and group discussions as part of TheInstitute@UNEP-GC/GMEF

Instructors:

·          Ms. Akpezi Ogbuigwe and Ms. Angele Luh, UNEP

·          Dr. Patricia Kameri-Mbote, University of Nairobi

·          Mr. John Mbaria, Nation Media House

·          Mr. Lennard Asher, Empowerment Result Technologies Kenya

UNEP/UNDP/Smithsonian Institution

 

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

Tuesday

22/02/2005

 

 

7:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast Roundtable on youth participation in implementing Millennium Development Goals

Theme: How have young people been - and could they be - actively involved in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals? The Roundtable will provide the opportunity for young people to extend the debate that will take place during the Tunza Global Youth Retreat (GYR) on 16-18 February prior to the GC/GMEF and share views on the subject with decision makers (Ministers and senior officials).

Structure: Roundtable discussion with youth and Ministers

Moderator:

·          Mr. Tomislav Tomasevic, Tunza Youth Advisor for Europe

Panelists:

·          Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

·          H.E. Mr. Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, Minister of Environmenta Affair and Tourism, South Africa (To be confirmed)

·          Mr. Jeffrey Sachs, Millennium Project (To be confirmed)

·          Ms. Camilla Godhina, Tunza Youth Advisor for Latin America and Carribean

·          Mr. Mirza Delibegovic, Tunza Youth Advisor for North America

UNEP/ Tunza Youth Advisory Council

Environment Institute

(Recreation Centre)

22/02/2005

1:00-2:00 PM

Achieving the MDGs in a changing climate

Theme: How can developing countries and development policies ensure progress in a changing climate? Different climate change issues will be addressed in the context of the MDGs with a focus on issues related to mitigation and adaptation.

Structure: Panel discussion

Chair:

·          Dr. R.K. Pachauri, Director-General TERI

Panelists:

·          H.E Mr. Phillippe Roch, State Secretary and          Director General of the Swiss Agency of the          Environment, Forests and Landscape

·          Hon. Stephen Kalonza Musyoka, Minister of          Environment and Natural Resources, Republic of          Kenya

·          H.E. Mr. R. Bhagwan, Minister of Environment,          Mauritius, and Chair, AOSIS

TERI/UNEP

 

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

22/02/2005

3:00-6:00 PM

Gender, drylands and poverty

Theme: Gender and mainstreaming of dryland issues in development strategies. Presentation of concrete case studies to share experiences and lessons learned on tools, policy issues and practices.

Structure: Three hour training session including group discussions as part of TheInstitute@UNEP-GC/GMEF.

Instructors:

·          Ms. Annebell Waititu, Groots Kenya

·          Mr. Mounkaila Goumandakoye, UNDP Dryland Development Center

·          Ms. Louisa Sørensen, UNDP Kenya

UNEP/UNDP/Smithsonian Institution

 

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

Wednesday

23/02/2005

 

 

7:30-9:00 AM

Breakfast Event on International Environmental Governance

Theme: Assessing International Environment Governance. The event seeks an open discussion on this theme on the basis of the research findings of the Yale students attending the course “International Environmental Organizations: UNEP and Global Governance”.

Structure: Presentations on the Yale study “Motivation, Methodology, Findings” as well as on IEG and the way ahead. The session will end with discussions on future opportunities related to IEG.

Moderator:

·          Ms. Maria Ivanova, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Speakers:

·          Yale students attending the course “International Environmental Governance: UNEP and Global Governance”

·          Ms. Maria Ivanova, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies/UNEP

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

23/02/2005

1:00-2:30 PM

UNEP/UNESCO Special Event on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD)

Theme: Charting a course to Sustainable Development: Challenges and Opportunities for Local Actors. Purpose of the event is to profile the DESD by focusing on the role of partnership and collaboration among international organizations, national governments and regional bodies, civil society and the private sector.  

Structure: Panel discussion and presentation of UNEP/UNESCO Joint Statement on UNDESD.  

Chair:

·          H.E. Ms. Lena Sommestad, Minister for Environment, Sweden

Speaker:

·          H.E. Prof. George Sitoti, Minister of Educaation, Science and Technology, Kenya

·          H.E. Mr. Rachmat Witoelar, State Minister for Environment, Indonesia (To be confirmed)

·          Mr. Caros Loret de Mola de Lavalle, President of the National Council of Environment (CONAM), Peru

·          Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environmental Education, India

Presentation of the UNEP/UNESCO Joint Statement on UNDESD:

·            Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP

·            Ms. Mary Joy Pigozzy, Director of Promotion of Quality Education, UNESCO

UNEP/UNESCO

 

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

23/02/2005

3:00-6:00 PM

Urban air quality and partnerships

Theme: How to improve urban air quality through clean fuels and vehicle technologies? The event will focus on implementation of the WSSD Partnership for Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) aiming at eliminating lead in gasoline, reducing sulfur in diesel and gasoline and introducing cleaner vehicle technologies.

Structure: High-level presentation and panel followed by a training session on implementation of the partnership as part of TheInstitute@UNEP-GC/GMEF.

Introduction:

·          Hon. Mr. Van Geel, State Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Housing and Spatial Planning, Netherlands

Moderator:

·            Mr. Bakary Kante, Director DPDL, UNEP

Panelists:

·            Hon. Mr. Luc Gnacadja, Minister of Environment and Urbanization, Benin

·            Prof. Retamo Michieka, Director-General National Environmental Authority (NEMA) Kenya

·            Ms. Ayres, Deputy Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, USEPA

Instructors:

·          Mr. Rob de Jong and Ms. Jane Akumu, UNEP

·          Ms. Jane Metcalfe, USEPA

·          Mr. George Wachira, Petroleum Institute of East Africa

USEPA/Governments of the Netherlands

UNEP/UNDP/Smithsonian Institution

 

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

Thursday

24/02/2005

 

 

 

1:00-2:30 PM

Lunch Special Event on water with emphasis on rainwater harvesting

Theme: The role of water, with emphasis on rainwater harvesting, in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and Disaster Management. The event will highlight the potential of rainwater harvesting in Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) and promotes mainstreaming of rainwater harvesting into water policies.

Structure: Panel discussion

Chair:

·          H.E. John Ashe, Chairman CSD-13

Panelists:

·          H.E. Lee Kvoyoung, Deputy Minister of Environment, Korea

·          Dr. Dennis Phillip Garrity, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre ( ICRAF)

 

UNEP/Rainwater Partnership

Environment Institute

(Recreation Centre)

24/02/2005

3:00-6:00 PM

Sustainable wastewater management in coastal cities

Theme: The way forward towards sustainable wastewater management in coastal cities. Participants will develop new views on how to handle domestic sewage. Prevention, reuse and natural self-purification are key concepts.

Structure: Three hour training session as part of TheInstitute@UNEP-GC/GMEF. Using a case study participants will learn how to do a structured problem analysis, value stakeholder interests and capitalize waste water.

Instructor:

·          Dr. Erik de Ruyter van Steveninck, Acting Head Environmental Resources Department/Senior Lecturer Aquatic and Marine Ecology, UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education.

UNESCO/UNEP/UNDP/Smithsonian Institution

 

Environment Institute

(Recreation Centre)

24/02/2005

 

7:00-9:00 PM

Special Event on impact of climate change on the Arctic

Theme: Arctic and Climate Change with focus on the findings of the recently commissioned Arctic Climate Impacts Assessment Report. The report suggests that increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere will have a greater influence on the climate in the Arctic than on any other place on Earth. Includes launch of the Vital Arctic Graphics prepared by GRID-Arendal.

Structure: One hour presentations, followed by one hour discussions.

Speakers:

·            Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP

·            H.E. Eliot Morley, Minister for Environment and Agri-Environment, UK

·            Mr. Vitaly Churkin, Arctic Ambassador, Russia

·            Dr. Robert Corell, Chairman of the Arctic Council Impact Assessment

·            Ms. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Chair of Inuit Circumpolar Conference

·            Mr. Steinar Sørensen, Director, GRID-Arendal

Government of Russia /UNEP

Environment Institute

(Recreation Center)

24/02/2005

 

7:00-9:00 PM

Special Event on Desertification: UN International Year of Deserts and Desertification

Theme: UN International Year of Deserts and Desertification

Structure: Panel session.

Chair:

·            H.E. Mr. Cherif Rahmani, Minister of Environment,          Algeria

Speakers:

·            Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

·            Statements by H.E. Mr. Cherif Rahmani, Minister of          Environment, Algeria

·            Statements by Mr. Hama Arba Diallo, Executive          Secretary, UNCCD (to be confirmed)

·            Presentation by Mr. Dobie, Director,UNDP Dryland          Development Center ,on UNDP's planed          Support to the International Year on Desert and          Desertification

·            Presentation by Mr. Bakary Kante, UNEP Director,          Division of Environmental Policy Development and Law,          on UNEP's planned support to the International Year of          Deserts and Desertification

·            Presentation by H.E. Mr. Cherif Rahmani, Minister          of Environment, Algeria on the preparation for the          World Desert Festival

UNEP

Environment Institute

(Recreation Centre)

24/02/2005

 

9:00-10:00 PM

Joint Reception

 

UNEP

Environment Institute

(Recreation Centre)