Irina Bokova puts oceans on the agenda of the UN Environmental Management Group
On Monday, 19 September 2011, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, took part in the senior officials meeting of the United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG), in the presence of other heads of agencies and programmes of the UN and the Secretary General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20’, Mr Sha Zukang.
The meeting provided an opportunity to agree on an EMG strategic approach to the Rio+20 Conference. The Director-General underlined the relevance of oceans as an area which will play an increasingly important role in relation to sustainable development.
Mr Sha referred specifically to UNESCO’s mandate and competence as being directly relevant also to the cross-cutting issues having been identified by Member States as priority elements in the envisaged Rio+20 Conference Outcome. These include education, gender and Science & Technology, along with climate change.
The EMG Senior Officials decided that the Group shall continue providing a platform for enhancing the synergy among the work of individual specialized agencies, programmes and funds in the area of the environment. The Group also recommended that its work be closely linked with that of inter-agency mechanisms such as UN-Water and UN-Oceans and the UN Development Group.