Day 4: Thursday, 19 October 2006


Day 4 of the IGR-2 marked the beginning of the two-day Ministerial Segment.  In advance of the Ministerial Segment, a briefing paper setting the agenda for Day 4 and 5 of the IGR-2 was prepared. The paper outlines:

  • The importance of oceans, coasts and islands, and their associated watersheds.
  • International action: the paper argues that the principle issue facing the GPA is linking it effectively to major global development themes and thereby assisting countries in making the transition to the integrative approaches, which are key to realizing the necessary sustainable investments.
  • The Way Forward: the background paper contends that an appropriate way forward for the UNEP/GPA Coordination Office is to operate as an "agent of change", to create the integrated processes, intellectual leadership and partnerships that are necessary to achieve the global goals and strategies in linked watershed, coast and ocean areas, and consequently across a significant portion of the earth.

Based on this discussion, the paper proposes a number of key issues for discussion in the Ministerial/high level segment.


The Ministerial Segment began with a series of opening statements from delegates, including Chair Zhou Shengxian, Minister of the State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA); Hua Jianmin, State Councillor, State Council, China; and Achim Steiner, Exectuive Director, UNEP.  Reports from days one to three were also given. 


Dr Awni Behnam, International Ocean Institute, on behalf of Major Groups and other stakeholders, presented the stakeholder submission to the Chairman for inclusion in the report of the meeting. He expressed concern over the current state of the marine environment, and called on governments to further the implementation of the GPA by implementing and enforcing commitments embodied in multilateral environmental agreements, facilitating capacity and institution building, intensifying related training and education, ensuring inclusiveness and participatory approaches, and promoting the ecosystem principle.


During the afternoon session of Day 3 Ministers had roundtable discussions on the importance of oceans, coasts and islands and their associated watersheds, and the way forward. 


Day 3: Wednesday, 18 October 2006

Day 2: Tuesday, 17 October 2006 

Day 1: Monday, 16 October 2006


IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin Daily Coverage of the IGR-2