UNEP OECPR-2 (Nairobi, 15-19 February 2016)
EU + MS Closing Remarks
OECPR agenda item 12
I have the honour to deliver this statement on behalf of the EU and its 28 Member States.
The purpose of this week’s OECPR meeting was to advance negotiations in order to make the second UNEA session in May 2016 a success. We therefore welcome the progress made this week, especially on the preparation of the draft resolutions to be submitted to UNEA-2. We appreciate the engagement by all parties on all resolutions and trust that we will be able to continue our deliberations on all resolutions in a constructive spirit.
We also welcome the presence and active participation of a large number of non-resident Member States and delegates coming from capitals. This showcases that Member States are ready to prepare for UNEA-2 in a cooperative spirit and reflects UNEP’s strengthened mandate as the global environmental authority.
The set of resolutions currently on the table address key and emerging environmental policy issues and recognize the relevant role of UNEP in facing them. The EU and its Member States are ready to work further during the intersessional period towards a tangible set of resolutions, building on the progress achieved so far and fostering consensus. This set of resolutions should contain concrete messages to UNEP, the international community, national governments, as well as other relevant stakeholders.
Once again, this week has shown how input from stakeholders enriches our discussions and reflections. This organisation cannot deliver on its mandate without the active engagement of relevant stakeholders. We have worked very hard again over the last days to find solutions to the few outstanding issues on the stakeholder engagement policy. We feel a compromise is within reach, but, like all compromises, it will require flexibility from all sides. It is in this spirit that we will consider the proposal put forward by the UNEA President and we expect others to do the same.
We believe that UNEA and UNEP have a key role to play in implementing the environmental dimension of Agenda 2030. We therefore look forward to UNEA-2 to confirming and providing further guidance on this. Lastly, we are calling on UNEP to make sure background notes as well as discussion questions for UNEA-2 are made available well in advance to enable meaningful discussions among Ministers and ensure their active participation.
We would like to thank you and the other members of the Bureau for your efforts in steering the debates at this second session of the OECPR. We are ready to work with you and all other partners constructively to ensure a successful outcome of UNEA-2.