Live Coverage of the Conference

Sixth Special Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme

With the attendance of Environmental Ministers from around the world, the first Global Ministerial Environment Forum - the Sixth Special Session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be held in Malmö, Sweden, from 29 to 31 May 2000.  The session will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, 29 May 2000.

At the Forum, world Environmental Ministers will discuss major global environmental challenges in the new century as well as strategic policy responses to address such issues. The outcome of the Forum will be presented to the fifty-fifth session of the General Assembly - the Millennium Assembly.

Main themes for Ministerial consultation include: 

  • Major environmental challenges in the new century 
  • Private sector and the environment - preparing for the twenty-first century 
  • Civil society - responsibility and role towards the environment in the globalized world
The Forum reflects the "fundamental shift" of the United Nations, as expressed by the Secretary-General, towards the recognition that peace and prosperity could not be achieved without partnerships involving Governments, international organizations, the business community and other components of civil society.  In this overall context, the Forum provides world Environmental Ministers and global leaders from academia, the private sector and major groups of civil society with an important opportunity to share their views and to strengthen their partnerships for progressive actions aiming at effective environmental protection and sustainable development. 

For more information you can contact:
Beverly A. Miller
Secretary, Governing Council
Tel: 254 - 2 - 62 3411/ 3431
Fax: 254 - 2 - 62 3929/ 3748
E-mail: Beverly.Miller@unep.org