The Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment (CCGE) is the principal forum for debate on environmental issues of concern to member states. It enables ministers and senior officials to share experiences in the context of current international processes on environment and sustainable development, convening annually in conjunction with the UNEP Governing Council or the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
The strength of the CCGE is that it provides an opportunity for ministers to meet outside of the formal negotiations and beyond their usual economic or regional groupings. This helps senior policy members to explore concerns of mutual interest, deepening their understanding of issues being negotiated, and to look at different policy approaches, share experiences and identify areas where mutual assistance may be developed.
The most recent session of the Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment was held on 20 February 2012, at the UN Headquarters at Gigiri, Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting focused on ocean governance and its role in the practical development of a green economy for the oceans, all within the context of preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
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