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Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the
Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
27th January to 1st February 2008

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The Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Sunday 27th January to Friday 1st February 2008) is organized by the Government of the Dominican Republic through the State Secretariat for the Environment and Natural Resources and the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/ROLAC), in its capacity of Secretariat of the Forum.

The Forum will open with the Preparatory Meeting of High Level Government Experts (to be held from Sunday 27th to Tuesday 29th January 2008), in which several representatives of sub-regional and inter-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies will participate. At this preparatory meeting of experts, an agenda of environmental issues of regional significance will be reviewed and proposals advanced for consideration at the Ministerial Segment, to be held from Wednesday 30th January to Friday 1st February 2008.

UNEP has also issued a call for participation at the UNEP Latin America and Caribbean Civil Society Forum (Monterrey, Mexico; 12th to 13th October, 2007), prior to the Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and Caribbean. At this gathering, civil society representatives prepared a joint statement with respect to issues of regional significance which will be submitted for consideration during the Ministerial Segment. They will also discuss issues that will be deliberated on at the tenth special session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (to be held in the Principality of Monaco, 20th - 22nd February, 2008).

The Sixteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and Caribbean will be an excellent opportunity to analyze prioritized issues on the regional agenda. The main items on the agenda include the evaluation of progress in the implementation of the Latin American and Caribbean Initiative for Sustainable Development (ILAC), the review of emerging issues and prioritized international environment-related negotiations on the global environmental agenda, such as climate change, incorporation of the principles of sustainable development in national policies and programmes: mainstreaming of environmental policies and Integrated Ecosystem Management.

Working documents, as well as information and reference documents are available as Acrobat Reader PDF files or MS-Word documents.