Six Years into the Bali Strategic Plan (BSP) – What has Worked and What hasn’t?
The BSP is an inter-governmentally agreed framework for strengthening the capacity of governments in developing countries and countries with economies in transition to coherently address their needs, priorities and obligations in the field of the environment. The BSP was adopted by the 23rd Session of UNEP's Governing Council in February 2005. It represented a clear signal from governments that they wanted UNEP to become more responsive to country needs by up-scaling the delivery of support in areas where it has comparative advantages, establishing partnerships that facilitate delivery on the ground and strengthening South-South Cooperation.
The side event was moderated by H.E. Mr Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations. Panelists were Ms. Rose Mukankomeje, Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority; Mr. T. Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India; Mr. Jukka Uosukainen, Director General Unit for International and EU Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Finland; and Mr. Christophe Bouvier, Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Europe (who presented UNEP’s work in Albania in the absence of the Albanian Vice- Minister). Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto, Director, Division of Regional Cooperation, UNEP made a presentation to set the scene for the event.
The key questions and issues discussed by the panel included: Countries’ priority capacity building needs related to the environment; Examples of successful capacity-building and technology support by UNEP and partners; Shortcomings of the present framework for delivering capacity building and technology support; possible implications for the debate on International Environmental Governance (IEG).
To this end, the panelists gave summaries of the successful capacity building efforts in the respective countries. They also highlighted challenges and suggested improvements, touching on critical issues such as UNEP’s presence at regional and country level, the need for tailor-made capacity building support that also includes the private sector and civil society, coordination among UN organization (in the context of the Delivering as One processes) and other development partners.
The moderator concluded the event by calling on UNEP and Governments to jointly address the challenges in fully implementing the BSP.