South Africa elected to bureau of Intergovernmental ENVIRONMENTAL Review (IGR-3) at conference in Manila
Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Ms. Rejoice Mabudafhasi lead the South African delegation to the IGR-3 under the United NationS Environmental Programme (UNEP) held in Manila, Philippines from 25 – 27 January 2012. A total of 85 other government representatives and the European commission attended the Conference, which was entitled “Towards a Greener Coastal Economy”. It included a Ministerial Segment preceded by a two day Technical Global Conference on Land – Ocean Connections. The latter reviewed key and emerging marine and coastal management issues and policy frameworks, to build consensus on improved coastal resources management. The major unanimous outcome of IGR3 was the agreement by governments to increase efforts to tackle key land-based sources affecting coastal water quality. The Deputy Minister’s statement to the media stated that: “South Africa supports the notion that the three priority pollutants be treated as ‘resources’ with a potential to support ‘green economic growth’. We need to find ways of putting excess nutrients, wastewater and litter to good use...” The Conference also adopted the Manila Declaration aimed at furthering the implementation of the Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the period 2012 – 2016. and calling for the establishment of global partnerships on the priority pollutants. South Africa was elected to the 5-member GPA Bureau, whose primary role is to monitor and guide implementation of the GPA, and also to oversee preparations for the next IGR.
South African Embassy Manila, Philippines