UNEP / GOVERNING BOARD

22-Feb-2013 00:01:32
Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, summarizes the outcomes of a week-long UNEP Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP
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STORY: UNEP / GOVERNING BOARD
TRT: 1.32
SOURCE: UNEP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 22 FEBRUARY 2013, NAIROBI, KENYA
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1. Wide shot of press conference room
2. Close up, audience
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director:
“This week is a historic week because the United Nations Environment Programme has essentially been, has had a makeover, if I can put it in those terms. It has a new governance platform, it will have a new programme of work, it will then have an enhanced budget, and many describe it as a reform that readies UNEP really for the role and the tasks that it should play within the concert of United Nations entities, programmes, funds and also the role of our Secretary General in helping the world to address in the 21st century, the environmental dimension of sustainable development.”
4. Med shot, audience
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director:
“Delegations have worked now for five days non-stop in sessions to negotiate a whole series of decisions. That list of decisions ranges from, for example, chemicals, in terms of the new mercury convention which UNEP facilitated over the last three years, and was successfully negotiated in January this year in Geneva, to the future financing of chemicals actions in the global context. We also received in the Governing Council the report and the decision related to the new, if I may call it, sister body to the IPCC, which is the science body of the United Nations dealing and addressing climate change.”
6. Med shot, audience
STORYLINE
The United Nations Environmental’s (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner today (22 February) summarized the outcomes of a week-long Governing Council in Nairobi, Kenya, including the upgrading of UNEP as an organization within the UN entity.

Steiner told reporters that it has been a “historic week” as this reform readies UNEP for “the tasks that it should play within the concert of United Nations entities, programmes, funds and also the role of our Secretary General in helping the world to address in the 21st century, the environmental dimension of sustainable development.”

Starting from an office above a supermarket 40 years-ago, UNEP has been modernized into a strengthened and upgraded institution better able to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

The decision, by ministers of the environment meeting at the UNEP Governing Council, implemented the call by Heads of States and governments in the Future We Want forged at the close of Rio+20 last June.

Steiner said “delegations have worked now for five days non-stop in sessions to negotiate a whole series of decisions” which include a “new mercury convention which UNEP facilitated over the last three years, and was successfully negotiated in January this year in Geneva.”

Among the wealth of other decisions taken at the first Universal Membership of the UNEP Governing Council were a UNEP-led consortium that will host and coordinate the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) which will be the implementing arm of the Technology Mechanism of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The CTCN will work on leap-frogging the technical and financial hurdles to the even greater take-up of clean and renewable energies to low carbon transportation and energy efficient buildings.
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