On Thursday, 26 June, UNEA continued with a number of high-level events. These included the official opening of UNEA's High-level Segment, with the participation of H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco; H.E. Oyun Sanjaasuren, the Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia and President of the first session of UNEA; and President of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly H.E. John W. Ashe.
Over the course of the day, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced that it would join the UN-led partnership on green economy (PAGE). A number of East African countries announced their intention to work together, and with Interpol and UN agencies, to curb the illegal timber trade. The government of Norway will support the collaboration.
Press conferences were held on the state of the world's oceans and the 40th anniversary of the UNEP Regional Seas Programme, with the participation of José María Figueres, Co-Chair of the Global Ocean Commission; Prince Albert II of Monaco; and H.E. Mr. Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy of Seychelles. The Zayed International Foundation for the Environment kicked off the seventh cycle of its prestigious global environmentalism award , including a new 'Young Scientists Award for Environmental Sustainability'.
In the evening, Ministers took part in a High-level Dialogue on the Illegal Trade in Wildlife, through which they were able to exchange views and experiences on the challenges of - and progress towards - addressing the illegal trade in wildlife.
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