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The Netherlands Contributes to the Environment Fund

The government of the Netherlands and UN Environment signed a new agreement on 27 September 2016 to strengthen cooperation, with the Netherlands committing €12 million to the Environment Fund for the biennium 2016-2017. The agreement was signed by the head of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, and the Dutch Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Frans Makken.

According to Erik Solheim, "The signing of this agreement reaffirms the strong relationship between the Netherlands and UN Environment. The Netherlands has been a great supporter of our work and these additional funds is further evidence of their commitment to the environment." The Netherlands has been the single biggest contributor to the Environment Fund since 2012.

"The Netherlands continues to be a strong proponent of the environment and the mission of UN Environment. We are pleased to be able to continue our long-standing collaboration with this contribution, and stand ready to support UN Environment and its new Executive Director Erik Solheim in their mission to protect the planet and its people.”, said Ambassador Frans Makken.

Norway and UNEP Sign New Framework Agreement

On 10 August 2016, the Norwegian government signed a neJust in case you need something to post online:w framework agreement on development cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Norway’s Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Victor Conrad Rønneberg and new UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim were present and had witnessed the remarkable moment. The new agreement will replace the previous one which was signed over 10 years ago.

The framework agreement aims to strengthen the cooperation between the Government of Norway and UNEP, aiming to set forth the general terms and conditions for such cooperation. Norway hopes to support the realization of UNEP’s role and mandate as the leading global authority on the environment, as well as the sustainable development goals.

Norway has consistently made significant contributions to UNEP’s Environment Fund and is the 6th biggest contributor to the Environment Fund as of July 2016.

UNEP Holds First Donor Consultation with Germany

Germany and UNEP had its first donor consultations last 24-25 November 2015 at the UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi. Discussions included UNEP’s strategy and programmes, performance evaluation, the 2030 Agenda, funding and financial inquiry, and UNEA 2. Germany had an eight-man delegation led by Stephan Contius, the Head of Division for Post-2015 Agenda at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety.

The consultation meeting encouraged a friendly exchange of ideas and both Germany and UNEP gained insights on each other’s strategic direction and upcoming initiatives. Germany commended UNEP for its work and expressed its continued support and commitment to the agency.

First Donor Consultation of 2016 with China

UNEP’s first donor consultation for 2016 was held last January 29th in Beijing, China. The Chinese delegation was led by Director General Li Haisheng of the Department of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), together with Deputy Director General Song Xiaozhi.

The Chinese government was pleased with the progress of the 18 projects under the China Trust Fund portfolio, despite expressing concerns over the timelines for implementation. They are keen on renewing the agreement with UNEP and look forward to the review of the three-year project.

UNEP wishes former MEP focal person Zhang Jieqing all the best in her future endeavours and will continue to work with the Ministry through their newly appointed focal person, Xia Yingxian.