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

Nairobi, 21-26 February 2005 

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

Date

Time

Title and brief description

Organized by

Location

Monday

21/02/2005

 

2.00-2:30 PM

Launch of the photo exhibition on biodiversity

Theme:Theme: Biodiversity

Structure: Presentations followed by launch of the exhibition

Government of Germany

Lower Concourse

21/02/2005

 

6:15-7:15 PM

Special Event on China-Africa Environmental Cooperation

Theme: Promotion of environmental cooperation and training programmes between African countries and China

Structure: Presentation

Speakers:

·          H.E. Mr. Zeng Peiyan, Vice Premier of China

·          Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

·          H.E. Minister Xie Zhenhua, Minister of the Environment of China to introduce environmental protection in China

·          President of AMCEN, H.E. Mr. Sudani, Minister of Environment of Lybia

·          Official from the Ministry of Commerce of China introduces China’s development cooperation policy for Africa

Government of China/Chinese Follow-up Committee of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation /UNEP

Conference Room 1

21/02/2005

 

7:00-8:30 PM

Reception hosted by the President of the GC and UNEP’s Executive Director

 

 

UNEP/UNON

Fountain Area

Tuesday

22/02/2005

 

7:30-9:00 PM

Reception hosted by the Government of Kenya

 

Government of Kenya

KICC

Wednesday

23/02/2005

 

 

7:00-8:30 PM

Special Event on Agriculture, Biodiversity and Eradication of Poverty and Hunger

Theme: Biodiversity provides a range of services to agriculture. Many policy questions surround the linkages between agriculture, biodiversity and the eradiation of poverty and hunger, including genetic technologies, trade, and farmer’s rights. How may issues be resolved while ensuring biodiversity conservation, sustainable use and benefit sharing?

Structure: High-level panel discussion followed by signing ceremony of a MoU between UNEP and IUCN

Introduction:

·            Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP

Speakers:

·            Dr. Robert Watson, Chief Scientist, World Bank

·            Mr. Achim Steiner, Director-General, IUCN

Video presentation by:

·            Ms Caterina Batello, Agricutural Officer, FAO

Special Guests:

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

·            Dr. Hamdalah Zedan, Executive Secretary, CBD

UNEP/IUCN/FAO

Conference Room 1

23/02/2005

8:30-10:00PM

Ministerial Working Dinner

Theme: Agriculture, Biodiversity and Eradication of Poverty and Hunger

Structure: Served dinner with invited speakers and interventions between courses.

UNEP

Fountain Area

Thursday

24/02/2005

 

9:00 AM- 7:00 PM

The African Business and Sustainable Development Roundtable

Theme: Energy and water services provision in Africa with a focus on technology and finance

Structure: Roundtable discussions with ministers of environment, energy, trade and industry from Africa and OECD countries, business leaders and representatives of international organizations

Facilitator:

·          Mohamed El-Ashry

Confirmed speakers:

·          Dr. Klaus Toepfer, Executive Director, UNEP

·          Mr. Andre Caille, Chair, World Energy Council

·          Mr. Reuel Khoza, member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the International Chamber of Commerce

International Chamber of Commerce / World Business Council for Sustainable Development / World Energy Council /UNEP

Conference Room 4

Saturday

26/02/2005

T.b.c.

GC-23/GMEF Field Trip

 Theme: Nairobi-based environmental problems and opportunities.

Structure: The field trip will go to one of the biggest waste dumps near a Nairobi slum area, the Kariobangi waste site. After Kariobangi the field trip will go to the Nairobi National Park for a short safari, after which a lunch and visit to Kitengela glass is planned. At the glass factory a site visit and demonstration will be given on glass production and recycling. Nairobi

UNEP/UNON

Nairobi