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Major ministerial gathering on the environment
Bali, 21-26 February 2010

On 21-26 February 2010 in Bali, more than one hundred Environment Ministers, civil society representatives, experts and high-profile environmental figures from around the world will gather in Bali for the largest global environmental gathering since Copenhagen.

Three separate meetings will take place in Nusa Dua (Bali) over the course of the week:

  • Civil Society forum on 21-22 February: Eleventh Session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF)
  • Chemicals Ministerial Meeting on 22-24 February: Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
  • UNEP Ministerial Meeting on 24-26 February: 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

The gathering will be attended by Environment Ministers from over 100 countries, Heads of UN agencies including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, scientists and environmental experts, leading journalists and media professionals from across the globe, and business and civil society leaders.

Alongside the ministerial meeting, UNEP will organize ‘Reporting Green – The Environment as News’, a Media Workshop on 22-23 February.
Click here for the Media accreditation form
 
  • 1) Civil Society forum
  • 2) Chemicals Ministerial Meeting
  • 3) UNEP Governing Council Special Session

Civil Society forum - 21-22 February

The Civil Society forum will bring together representatives of major groups and stakeholders to discuss vital environmental issues. It will include sessions on‘Enhancing Cooperation and Coordination among the three Conventions - Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions’.
There will be a dialogue with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, as well as a panel discussion on the theme ‘Towards a World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Summit) in 2012 ’. Participants will also discuss ‘The environment in the multilateral system’, the key theme of the UNEP Governing Council Special Session which starts on 24 February – with sessions on International Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development, the Green Economy, and Biodiversity and Ecosystems.

Chemicals Ministerial Meeting - 22-24 February

The Chemicals meeting is the first Extraordinary Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the three key conventions in the areas of international chemicals and waste management:

  • the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
  • the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
  • the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
In the spirit of International environmental governance, the joint meeting is a key signal that the three global conventions have agreed to consolidate their common functions and enhance cooperation and coordination at the administrative and programmatic levels.

UNEP Governing Council Special Session - 24-26 February

The 11th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum will bring together about one hundred Environment Ministers from around the world to hold talks, consultations and discussions under the overarching theme of ‘The Environment in the multilateral system’.

Under this overarching theme, three topics that are high up on the international agenda will be addressed:
a. ‘International Environmental Governance and sustainable development’
Ministerial Consultations will focus on:

  • Reviewing the inputs from the Consultative Group of Ministers or their high-level representatives on IEG and discussing the next course of action.
  • Discussing the outcomes from the first meetings of the Extraordinary COPs of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOP) and the lessons learned for the biodiversity related conventions.
  • Discussing reports on the JIU report, including the Secretary-General’s response to the UNGA, and the Executive Director’s response to the Governing Council.

b. ‘The green economy’
Ministerial Consultations will focus on:

  • Obtaining a comprehensive update on all of the recent green economy developments within the UNGA, CSD, G8, G20, OECD, and UNEP through its Green Economy Initiative. 
  •  Discussing how the concept of the green economy has been implemented at the country level.

c. ‘Biodiversity and Ecosystems’
Ministerial Consultations will focus on:

  • Discussing the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, the progress made towards the 2010 biodiversity target and other relevant targets, including those for MDG 7, and the next steps.
  • Discussing the The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) progress report and its implications for biodiversity.
Obtaining an update on, and discussing the progress made, in implementing the decision on the policy/science interface – IPBES.

TheReporting Green- The Environment as Newsmedia workshop organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will bring journalists into an active dialogue with experts, politicians and civil society leaders on today’s key environmental issues – from biodiversity loss to the opportunities of the green economy and the future of environmental governance.
Journalists will have the opportunity to interact with Environment Ministers and key environmental figures from around the world, and deepen their understanding of environmental issues by engaging with top experts and scientists.

PRACTICAL DETAILS FOR JOURNALISTS:

REGISTRATION & ACCREDITATION
To register as a journalist for the media workshop, the UNEP Governing Council, the Chemicals meeting and the Civil Society Forum, please fill in the attached form and email it to: unepnewsdesk@unep.org

Once accredited, UNEP will provide journalists with a letter of confirmation. Foreign journalists must submit the letter to consulates of Indonesia in their countries to acquire visas.
National and international media based in Indonesia are required to fill out the same accreditation form to attend the workshop and to cover the ministerial meetings, including the Governing Council and the Chemicals meeting.

TRAVEL & VISA
Embassies and consulates of Indonesia are helping to facilitate the travel of journalists to Bali when applications are accompanied by an Accreditation Letter from UNEP.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
UNEP is offering limited sponsorship opportunities to journalists from developing countries interested in participating in the workshop and covering the ministerial meetings. Please indicate in the Accreditation form whether you are applying for sponsorship. Sponsorships will be granted to eligible candidates on a first come basis.
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For further information please contact:
UNEP NewsdeskEmail:  unepnewsdesk@unep.org