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GC Today - 5 February 2007

The 24th Session of the Governing Council convened in Nairobi today with representatives of governments, civil society organizations and the private sector attending. For the first time in the history of the Governing Council,  it was attended by dignatries representing six partner agencies and CSOs.

Coverage of the Day's Proceedings:


Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Day's coverage, with sound clips and speaker photos

  » GC-24 Journal Vol. 1

Photo Galleries of the Day :
- Opening Ceremony
- Childrens' Event addressed by ministers
- Special Events
            » More Photo Galleries

Press Releases


GEO Year Book 2007 Launched at GC-24/GMEF

GEO Year Book 2007 Underlines Environmental Risks and Opportunities of Globalization



Tara au Forum ministériel sur l'environnement

The challenge of the polar schooner Tara is to drift on the Arctic pack ice for two years. Aboard, scientists take turns to study the effects of the climate warming

Special Events


Melting Ice- A Hot Topic?


Trade and Environment


Environment in the Workplace


» Message of the UN Secretary-General to GC-24, Mr. Ban Ki-moon

» Statement of the Newly Elected President of the Governing Council , Mr.Roberto Dobles,
Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica

» Statement of the Outgoing Governing Council President, Mr. Rachmat Witoelar, Minister of the Environment of Indonesia


Audio Visual


Mr Rachmat Witoelar
Outgoing President of the Governing Council
[video] [text]

Roberto Dobles
President of the Governing Council
[video] [text]

Tear of Trees
Song by Tree Theater Group (Malaysia), performed at the Opening Ceremony
[audio] [ lyrics ]



GC24 opening session

GEO Year Book 2007
GEO Year Book 2007 Underlines Environmental Risks and Opportunities of Globalization
[ download ]



Today on the Elephants

GC24 opening session

World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director General Pascal Lamy watching an environmental film while riding a pink elephant carousel at the United Nations Environment Programme Governing Council

» All Photogalleries