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Press Release: UNEP Inter governmental Meeting 2018

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Press Release: UNEP Inter governmental Meeting 2018

The 4th Inter-Governmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

Bali, Indonesia, 31 October and 1 November 2018

On 31st of October to 1st of November, IAAS World as the leading youth organization in agricultural and related sciences, received the invitation from the Secretariat of the United Nations Environment program to attend The 4th Inter-Governmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, hosted by the government of the Republic of Indonesia located in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting creates an agreement and commitment to strengthen the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities. IAAS World had sent three representatives as observers to the meeting with the purpose to gain the information to be implemented in IAAS World Agenda as well as to create engagement with other national to international organization.

On the first day, the meeting was officially open and chaired by Ibu Siti Nurbaya, the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry. Through such fruitful meeting, member states alongside with the other participating parties succeed to create working groups to work on the proposed resolution. On the second day, the working groups presented the result and open the discussion and response from participating parties. IAAS World delegations was very vocal to work on the youth involvement to the program and promote snapfood to the other participating parties such as #BreakFreefromPlastic and people from the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry. They also had a chance to talk directly with the Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry. The meeting completed with the output in the form of Bali Declaration.

The programme of work as presented considers continued operation of the Programme. Component A is strengthen the Global Programme for Action. This would be deliver integrated, harmonized global approaches to marine pollution control through the Global Programme of Action framework also enable effective overall programme implementation through enhanced programme governance and financing. Component B is enhance delivery of tailored technical and policy solutions to address marine pollution from nutrient excess, wastewater, marine litter discharges and emerging pollutants. This would be achieved through continued focus on the circular economy, higher resource efficiency, and lower carbon and nutrient footprint principles, among others, using ecosystem-based approaches for the management of wastewater, nutrients and marine litter. This would include advancement toward agreement on Sustainable Development Goal targets related to wastewater discharges, the use of nutrients, and the influx of litter, notably plastics, into the marine environment.

We believe that the result of the meeting is very promising. However, the goals would not be achieved without all parties involved and commitment from all participating parties.

Reported By:
Muhammad Imam Fauzan | IAAS Local Committee Universitas Padjadjaran Staff of the Exchange Program Department / IOP20
Brigita Sidharta | Treasurer of IAAS Local Committee Universitas Gadjah Mada (IOP 9)

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