Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 7, Environment and human settlements
In 2006, the United Nations and the international community continued to work towards protecting the environment through the application of legally binding instruments and the activities of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The ninth special session of the UNEP Governing Council/seventh Global Ministerial Environmental Forum considered, in the form of ministerial consultations, the policy issues of energy and the environment and tourism and the environment and a summary of the consultations submitted by the Governing Council President, entitled “United Arab Emirates Initiative”. The UNEP Executive Director elaborated a ten-point strategy to facilitate more effective and coordinated delivery of UNEP services and support within the context of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building. The first session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management adopted the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) in February. The Governing Council subsequently endorsed SAICM and requested the Executive Director to establish and assume overall administrative responsibility for its secretariat. UNEP issued the final report of the Global International Waters Assessment, which confirmed that pressures from human activities had weakened the ability of aquatic ecosystems to perform essential functions, thus compromising human well-being and development. The Economic and Social Council, on the recommendation of the United Nations Forum on Forests, set four Global Objectives on Forests and agreed to work to achieve them by 2015. The Council adopted a number of measures to strengthen the international arrangement on forests. The Assembly declared 2011 the International Year of Forests and 2010 the International Year of Biodiversity. Donor countries pledged $3.1 billion to the fourth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to fund operations between 2006 and 2010. The GEF Council, the Facility's governing body, endorsed the replenishment in August. In March, the General Assembly elected Mr. Achim Stiener (Germany) as Executive Director of UNEP for a four year term of office. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) continued to support the implementation of the 1996 Habitat Agenda and the Millennium Development Goals. It adopted a comprehensive and results-based approach to mobilize, guide and coordinate more effective and cohesive responses to the urbanization of poverty and social exclusion at the national and international levels. In June, the Assembly re-elected Ms. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka (United Republic of Tanzania) as UN-Habitat Executive Director for a further four-year term of office.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2006. v. 60; Vol. 60
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