The resumed Fifth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) took place online and in Nairobi, Kenya, on 28 February – 2 March 2022. Immediately after UNEA-5.2, a Special Session of the Assembly was held on 3-4 March 2022, devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 ([email protected]).

UNEA-5 side events focused on “Strengthening actions for nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” and the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of UNEP.

WATCH THE RECORDINGS: Please check event descriptions below for recordings and corresponding language versions if available.

Schedule

Monday 7 February, 2022

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Online Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (7-10 Feb)

Between 7–10 February 2022, the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) 2022 was held, self-organized by the Major Group Facilitating Committee (MGFC), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF). 

The GMGSF allowed Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) to review, share and organize their input towards these meetings. In light of the COVID pandemic, the GMGSF 2022 was held as an online meeting, with access for accredited and non-accredited organizations.

Read a summary of the Forum from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

For a recap of the GMGSF also visit the UNEP event page.

For any further information contact: [email protected] and/or [email protected]

Wednesday 16 February, 2022

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Implementation of General Assembly resolution 73/333 (16-18 Feb)

Implementation of General Assembly resolution 73/333, entitled “Follow-up to the report of the ad hoc open-ended working group established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/277”.

The third substantive consultation meeting was held in a hybrid format from 16 to 18 February 2022, in Nairobi.

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Saturday 19 February, 2022

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Youth Environment Assembly 2022 edition (Day 1)

The Youth Environment Assembly (YEA) 2022 edition was held in Nairobi, Kenya, between 19-20 and 26-27 February in a hybrid format. The global youth was able to participate both in person and online. They were accompanied by stakeholders committed to youth engagement.

Read about the highlights from Day 1 on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Watch the live recording and more videos on the Facebook page of the UNEP Major Group Children & Youth.

For more information visit the YEA website.

Sunday 20 February, 2022

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Youth Environment Assembly 2022 edition (Day 2)

The Youth Environment Assembly (YEA) 2022 edition was held in Nairobi, Kenya, between 19-20 and 26-27 February in a hybrid format. The global youth was able to participate both in person and online. They were accompanied by stakeholders committed to youth engagement.

Read about the highlights from Day 2 on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Watch the live recording and more videos on the Facebook page of the UNEP Major Group Children & Youth.

For more information visit the YEA website.

Monday 21 February, 2022

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Faith for Earth Dialogue at UNEA-5.2 (21 Feb - 4 Mar)

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The Faith for Earth Dialogue demonstrated the power and potential of faith-based organisations and faith leaders in shaping the discussions at UNEA. Open to all stakeholders, it engaged in policy dialogue with governments, major groups, cities, businesses and other civil society organisations.

During the Closing Plenary of UNEA-5.2, Shantanu Mandal, co-facilitator of the Faith and Environment Working Group of UNEP's Major Group of Children and Youth, read an Interfaith Statement on behalf of faith leaders and organisations.

Archbishop Prof. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, gave a statement during the [email protected] celebrations.

Find more information about the Faith for Earth Dialogue on the UNEP event page.

Wednesday 23 February, 2022

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Second UNEA Cities and Regions Summit

The Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) Cities and Regions Summit convened virtually on 23 February 2022 under the theme “Flip the Script: Cities and Nature.”

Read the report and see the highlights of the summit on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Partners included UN Habitat, UNDP, FAO, C40, UCLG, ICLEI, WWF, GCOM, WRI, GEF and IUCN. The Summit was hosted as a contribution to UrbanShift, the UN Decade of Restoration, CitiesWithNature and RegionsWithNature.

Saturday 26 February, 2022

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Youth Environment Assembly 2022 edition (Day 3)

The Youth Environment Assembly (YEA) 2022 edition was held in Nairobi, Kenya, between 19-20 and 26-27 February in a hybrid format. The global youth was able to participate both in person and online. They were accompanied by stakeholders committed to youth engagement.

Read a summary and the highlights of the first YEA weekend on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Watch the live recording and more videos on the Facebook page of the UNEP Major Group Children & Youth.

For more information visit the YEA website.

Sunday 27 February, 2022

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Youth Environment Assembly 2022 edition (Day 4)

The Youth Environment Assembly (YEA) 2022 edition was held in Nairobi, Kenya, between 19-20 and 26-27 February in a hybrid format. The global youth was able to participate both in person and online. They were accompanied by stakeholders committed to youth engagement.

Read a summary and the highlights of the first YEA weekend on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Watch the live recording and more videos on the Facebook page of the UNEP Major Group Children & Youth.

For more information visit the YEA website.

Monday 28 February, 2022

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Events in the Green Room

The Green Room is an open space for major groups and stakeholders. 

09.30 - 11.00 EAT

Animal welfare, environment and sustainable development nexus by Africa Network for Animal Welfare and World Federation for Animals

11.00 - 12.30 EAT

Reimagining waste management to reduce open dumping and open burning in Africa: Pathways to reduce climate pollutants and health hazards by Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

12.30 - 14.00 EAT

MGS Dialogue with UN Chief Scientist by Science and Technology Major Group

14.00 - 15.30 EAT

Sustainable Solutions to Risky Mine Tailings Management by Earthworks

15.30 - 17.00 EAT

Protecting Earth protectors - How to ensure that environmental defenders can play their role freely and safely by NGO Major Group, EEB and Global Witness

17.00 - 18.30 EAT

Global minimum transparency standard for hazardous chemicals in materials and products - an essential tool to detoxify material cycles and protect ecosystems by Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)

For any comments and questions, kindly contact Dr. Mohamed Abdelraouf, Co-chair of the Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) at UNEP ([email protected]). 

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Accelerating a Just Transition to a Circular Economy in Africa

This event provided a platform for Member States and non-state actors to share and discuss how to implement Circular Economy policies, principles, practices and action plans.

The circular economy approach promotes and stimulates a sustainable consumption and production practises, creates employment, addresses resource efficiencies and at the same time protects the environment. 

The event concretely presented the progress in the development and implementation of the following:

  1. Draft UNEA Resolution on Circular Economy (submitted by Africa Group)
  2. Africa (AMCEN) Green Stimulus 
  3. Africa Circular Economy Facility (ACEF)
  4. Africa Union Green Recovery action plan 2021-2027 

Moderator: James Mwangi CEO Dalberg 

Organized by: UN Environment Programme (UNEP), African Development Bank (AfDB)

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Reimagining Conservation: Integrating Human rights in the Development and Implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

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The event built upon the recent recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right by Human Rights Council resolution 48/13. It offered ideas for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that promotes rights-based action to protect biodiversity, including through participatory, inclusive, transparent and accountable implementation that safeguards Indigenous Peoples’ rights and ways of life. The event also outlined options for targets and indicators for follow-up, implementation, and reporting to advance a human rights-based approach to biodiversity governance. 

Speakers:

Opening remarks

  • Francisco Cali Tzay, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
  • Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Climate and the Environment of Sweden

Panel discussion

  • Francis Ogwal, Post-2020 GBF co-chair
  • Mrinalini Rai, Director, Women4Biodiversity
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, GEF CEO
  • Josefa Tauli, Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Concluding remarks

  • David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
  • Mariano Castro, Vice President and Vice-Minister of Environment of Peru

Organized by: Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action; CIEL; Conservation International; Costa Rica, Earthjustice; Forest Peoples Programme; GANHRI; Human Rights Watch; International Indian Treaty Council; IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; Natural Justice; OHCHR; Peru; Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Slovenia; Swedbio; Sweden; UNDP; UNEP; Universal Rights Group; Women 4 biodiversity; WWF. 

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Sustainable Oceans - The Road to Lisbon: The 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference
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The panel discussed the upcoming UN Ocean Conference and the transformative outcomes it seeks to achieve by highlighting the synergies between the Conference and the work at UNEA.

Speakers:

  • Senator Whitehouse
  • Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
    CS Foreign Affairs of Kenya
  • Minister of Environment Portugal
  • Dedicated intervention by France on the Oceans Summit
  • Egyptian Ambassador for Climate and co-chair of the Standing Committee on Finance reporting on the latest report on Climate Finance for NBS and members of the Oceans High Level Panel (intervention from the floor)

Organized by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya; State Department for Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Economy of Kenya; and the Government of Portugal (Permanent Mission of Portugal to UNEP) 

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Faith for Nature: Voices of Hope and Faith - Sharing Visions Living in Harmony with Nature

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The panel discussion highlighted the work of faith communities and especially indigenous women and young faith leaders in mobilizing collective global action to protect nature and biodiversity and deliver critical reflections on enhanced biodiversity governance for climate resilience. 

Moderator: Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary (CEO), ACT Alliance 

Speakers:

  • Anne Burghard, LWF General Secretary
  • Iemaima Jennifer Vaai, Pacific Council of Churches
  • Fernanda Zúñiga, Lutheran Church in Chile (ILCH) 
  • Collins Shava, Executive Secretary, Youth at All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA), Evangelic Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe 
  • Jocabed Solano, Memoria Indígena (Indigenous Memory) 
  • Maura Lee, Youth representative ELCA
  • Prof Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC Deputy General Secretary 

Organized by: The Lutheran World Federation; ACT Alliance, The World Council of Churches and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

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Reuse Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution

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This side event addressed the urgency to take action and to embed reuse as critical in the fight against plastic pollution. With the aim of accelerating multi-stakeholder collaboration, UNEP, WWF and the World Economic Forum announced the joint launch of a global Reuse Portal to stem the tide from single-use to reuse.

The speakers underlined the need for the Plastic Treaty to encompass the full plastic value chain, in particular Upstream solutions. They emphasised a collaborative approach and how reuse is a significant part of the holistic solution.

Speakers:

  • Lauren Phipps, Vice President & Senior Analyst Greenbiz 
  • Abigail Aguilar, Campaign Strategist, Greenpeace
  • Benjamin von Wong,  Founder and Artist, Von Wong Inc 
  • Bérangère Abba, Secretary of State, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France
  • Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum 
  • H.E. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Head of Government, Mexico City
  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP (tbc)
  • H.E. Mr Javier Naranjo, Minister of Environment, Chile
  • Joshua Amponsem, Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization
  • Kirils Jegorovs, Co-founder, Circolution 
  • Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF
  • Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé 
  • Melissa Murara, Climate Change Initaitves Consultant, African Development Bank 
  • Tiza Mafira, Executive Director, Plastic Bag Diet Movement Indonesia 
  • Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO, TerraCycle/Loop 

Organized by: World Economic Forum, UNEP, WWF.

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UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: From Commitments to Actions for Nature
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1 billion hectares have been committed for ecosystem restoration, and it is time to move from commitments to action. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration event spotlighted efforts across regions, sectors, and ecosystems to call for higher political ambition, financing, and action for nature.

The event provided a boost to the UN Decade's Call for World Restoration Flagships. At the end of the panel, a video was launched where world-class athletes Nirmal Purja, Husnah Kukundakwe and Molly Seidel urged governments and their partners to nominate their World Restoration Flagships.

Moderator: Salina Abraham, Regional Manager of the Global Landscapes Forum Africa Hub

Speakers:

  • Maria Helena Semedo, Deputy Director General, FAO
  • Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP
  • Steffi Lemke, Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany
  • Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister and Special Assistant on Climate Change to the Prime Minister of Pakistan 
  • Fernando Andrés López Larreynaga, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador
  • Dr. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, UNESCO
  • Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the EIB 
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO GEF
  • Vania Olmos Lau, Regional Facilitator for Latin America and the Carribean, UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth
  • Tim Christophersen, Head of the Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch, UNEP
  • Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director of the Forestry Division, FAO

Audience: 50 in person, 711 online

Organized by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), UNEP and GEF.

Tuesday 1 March, 2022

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Events in the Green Room

The Green Room is an open space for major groups and stakeholders.

09.30 - 11.00 EAT

The Crossroads of Sustainability, Climate Change and Health: practical approaches and lessons for the post-covid cities and territories by the International Federation for Housing and Planning

11.00 - 12.30 EAT

Enhancing environmental protection for sustainable development goals by the African council of religious Leaders and the Inter-Religious council of Kenya

15.30 - 17.00 EAT

Nature Based Solutions or Corporate Collusions by APRCEM, Farmers MG, APRN, Pesticides Action Network, Ibon International, AIPP, Roots for equity & CECOEDECON

17.00 - 18.30 EAT

Gender Dimensions of the Implementation of Chemicals and (Plastic) Waste policies protecting vulnerable groups and the environment by the Centre for Environmental Justice and Development

For any comments and questions, kindly contact Dr. Mohamed Abdelraouf, Co-chair of the Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) at UNEP ([email protected]).

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From Recovery to Transformation: Greening Economies for People and Planet

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This event highlighted the opportunity for countries to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 through a green economic recovery. Leaders from across sectors discussed the shifts needed in policy and investment for stimulating the economic transformation that tackles the root causes of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution. 

Importance was given by partner donors for the allocation of resources to green and inclusive policies. PAGE's substantive contributions to countries were being recognized as a catalyser of the green socio-economic transition, as well as an important integrator in the delivery of activities, and enabler of multi-stakeholder implementation (UN agencies and public and private bodies).

The speakers highlighted the existing capacities, such as tools and policies, that should be adopted by countries into their systems for driving forward the green transformation. They also pointed out the necessary policy and investment shifts, with increased allocation of funds from recovery spending to other resources alike for the green economy. These should have benefits to nature and people, like the protection of natural resources and peoples well being, economic growth and job creation through the stimulation of "green" activities.

Moderator: Nozipho Tshabalala, Conversation Strategist 

Speakers:

  • Asad Naqvi, Head of UN PAGE
  • Vic Van Vuuren, Representative of the International Labour Organisation
  • Prof Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria
  • Richard Lewney, Chair of Cambridge Econometrics
  • Dr. Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentarian State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUV), Germany  
  • Hon. Walter Verri, Vice Minister for Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay
  • Michaela Friberg-Storey, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan
  • Dr. Christopher Hurst representative Director General, European Investment Bank
  • Hon. Barbara Creecy, Minister of Foresty, Fishries and the Environment, South Africa
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Inger Andersen Executive Director, UNEP

Organized by: PAGE (UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy) with UNDP, UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNITAR. 

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Stepping Up to Strengthen Ocean Governance Under SDG14

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The discussion highlighted the interconnected nature of the ocean, noting the responsibility that all nations and communities have in its protection and management.  Panellists agreed that a holistic and collaborative approach to ocean governance needs to be adopted both locally and globally, ensuring that coastal communities and small island states are included in ocean dialogue.

Panellists underlined the importance of expanding scientific research to help identify the problems and solutions, with a focus on transparency and collaboration.  The mobilisation of resources and finance need to be informed by research and stakeholder engagement.

Closing remarks focused on an urgent call for action, with optimism that further events this year will bring ocean governance into major global discussions. 

Moderator: Kristian Teleki, Global Director of the Ocean Program at World Resources Institute 

Speakers:

  • Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the FCDO and DEFRA
  • Maya Delaney, Bahamas’ Youth Climate Ambassador
  • Ingrid Giskes, Director for Global Ghost Gear Initiative
  • Gemma Harper, Chief Executive for Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Nina Jensen, CEO for REV Ocean
  • Tony Long, CEO for Global Fishing Watch
  • David Obura, Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO for Global Environment Facility team
  • Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean 

Organized by: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK Government; Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK Government 

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Towards Zero Pollution: A 'Zero Pollution Ambition' to Protect Nature and People
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This side event highlighted the challenges arising from pollution and demonstrated how actions to reduce pollution also protect nature and people. The EU’s zero pollution ambition for a toxic free environment as a contribution to the UNEA vision towards a pollution-free planet provides new momentum to tackle these challenges. 

The event was moderated by Patrick Child, Deputy Director General of DG Environment of the European Commission, with opening remarks by Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, and Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. 

The first panel featured Hon. Carlos Eduardo Correa, Minister of Environment of Colombia, Hon. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment of Egypt, and Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment in Sri Lanka.  

The second panel consisted of Dr. Johan Rockström, Director at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Tatjana Hema, UNEP/MAP Coordinator for Barcelona Convention and Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. 

The closing exchange was with Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility.

Organized by: European Commission, Directorate-General for Environment, with support from UNEP. 

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We Are All Atlas: Sharing Best Practices for Collaboration on Sustainable Deforestation-free Agricultural Commodity Production and Consumption
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Climate change, halting deforestation and biodiversity loss and sustainable food systems demand wide societal support for change. We therefore need to work in partnerships with governments, private sector, civil society organizations, farmers, and Indigenous Peoples’ organizations. The event shared lessons and discussed challenges regarding collaboration and inclusive action.

The speakers underlined the urgency to act now. Working in partnerships inspires and is key for the action. The overall message of the event was that we need to move from specific initiatives to systemic, inclusive action. 

Moderator: Elaine Geyer-Allély, Deputy Leader Governance Practice, WWF International

Speakers:

  • Lea Wermelin, Minister of Environment, Denmark, chair of the Amsterdam Declaration Partnership
  • Tania Wimpenny, head of International Engagement FACT Dialogue, United Kingdom
  • Kulbir Mehta, Managing Director Solidaridad Network Asia
  • Fernando Sampaio, Director Produce, Conserve, Include, Mato Grosso, Brazil
  • Silvia Llamas, Coordinator, Pronatura Sur A.C., GCF Task Force Mexico
  • Emile Frison, Coordinator UNFFS Coalition on Agroecology
  • Jonas Mva Mva, Africa Regional Director, IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
  • Danielle Carreira, Head of Finance Sector Engagement, Tropical Forest Alliance Brazil
  • Bérangère Abba, Secretary of State for Biodiversity, France

Audience: between 50 and 100 in person, 157 online

Organized by: Ministry of Environment Denmark; The Amsterdam Declaration Partnership countries (Belgium Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom) 

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Building back greener - international environmental protection and achieving the SDGs in the context of COVID 19 (Multi-stakeholder Dialogue)
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The COVID-19 pandemic aggravated already existing multiple challenges related to unsustainable consumption and production patterns. Environmental degradation, climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution contributed the conditions that led to an increase in the type of animal-to-human zoonosis underlying the pandemic.

While some may argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has been “good for the environment”, there is no certainty that the post COVID economic recovery will be “greener” and beneficial for the environment.

However, the response to the crisis presents a unique opportunity to support improved social protection measures, and a just transition to a sustainable, no-carbon economy founded on renewable energy, environmentally sound technology, sustainable resource use, community empowerment and livelihoods of dignity.

This Multi-stakeholder Dialogue between member states representatives and stakeholders considered lessons learned from the Covid pandemic, including “push factors” (i.e. policy requirements) and “pull factors” (i.e. change in culture and behaviors) to achieve a recovery from the Covid crisis that will also benefit the environment. Ultimately, this will make similar incidents less likely in future.

Stakeholder representatives:

  • Gitika Goswami, Development Alternatives Group, India
  • Anastasia Swearingen, Director, Global Affairs, America Chemistry Council
  • Bruno Oberle, Executive Director, IUCN
  • Alejandra Parra , Zero Waste and Plastics Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean for GAIA and Break Free from Plastics

Other speakers included governmental respondents and respondents from Major Groups and Stakeholders.

Organized by: The Green Economy Coalition; UNEP

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Clean Air: Regional Responses to the Air Pollution Crisis

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This event addressed the necessary components for air quality management and the potential for regional cooperation to bridge gaps and build capacity.   Panelists discussed what has worked to clean the air and proposed ways to build on those successes in providing cleaner air for everyone.

Moderator: Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, Director, Economy Division, UNEP 

Speakers:

  • Monica Medina, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Steven Guilbault, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Paul Almodovar, EPA/OAQPS
  • Noora Khaleel, Maldives National University
  • Waiswa Ayazika, Director, Environmental Monitoring & Enforcement, NEMA Uganda
  • Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Anna Engleryd, Swedish EPA 

Organized by: U.S. Department of State. 

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Delivering for People and Nature: The One Planet Network is Changing How We Think, Act and Inspire Sustainable Consumption and Production

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This side event explored the main achievements of the One Planet Network, showcasing its impacts through concrete examples. It also looked ahead towards building together a new inclusive Global Strategy and a human-centric movement to scale up and accelerate action for Sustainable Consumption and Production to ensure a sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

Speakers:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General, Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission 
  • Cecilia Nicolini, State Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Argentina 
  • Katrin Schneeberger, State Secretary, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland 
  • H.E. Joaquim Leite, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Brazil, host country of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Victoria Kate Burrows, Director, Advancing NetZero World Green Buildings Council
  • Emma Kari, Minister of environment and climate change, Finland
  • Melissa D. Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food WWF
  • Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Brune Poirson, Head of Sustainability, Accor Hotels  
  • Hon. Ricardo Galindo Bueno, Vice minister of Tourism, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
  • Helena Leurent, Director General, Consumers international 
  • Arab Hoballah, SEED Executive Director 
  • Cecile Duranton, Co-Founder of Time for the Planet
  • Kieren Mayers, Senior Director of Environment, Social, and Governance, Sony Entertainment
  • Kavydass Ramano, Minister of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, Mauritius, on behalf of the Board 

Organized by: UNEP (One Planet Network Secretariat / 10YFP) with Switzerland, Finland, Argentina, European Commission. 

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Delivering the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: Facilitating Early, Effective and Inclusive Implementation
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Convened by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this UNEA-5.2 flagship side event highlighted how actors across government and society can contribute to ensuring the effective and immediate implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework in an inclusive manner once it is adopted at COP15 in Kunming.

Moderator: Femi Oke, Senior Host and Journalist Al Jazeera & Co-Founder Moderate The Panel 

Speakers:

  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Executive Director, David Suzuki Foundation
  • H.E. Adrián Peña, Minister of Environment of Uruguay
  • Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection of Germany
  • Sudhanshu Sarronwala, Chief Impact Officer of Infarm
  • Abigail Kitma, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme Coordinator of Tebtebba Foundation
  • Kevin Lunzalu, Founder and Coordinator of Global Youth Biodiversity Network Kenya
  • H. E. Huang Runqiu, Minister of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China, CBD COP 15 Presidency
    Neville Ash, UNEP WCMC
  • H.E. The Rt Hon. Lord Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Vicki Benjamin, President & Co-founder, Karner Blue Capital
  • Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation
  • Francis Ogwal, Co-Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
  • Basile van Havre, Co-Chair of the Open-ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework 

Webinar audience: 189

Organized by: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Wednesday 2 March, 2022

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Events in the Green Room

The Green Room is an open space for major groups and stakeholders. 

09.30 - 11.00 EAT

Pursuing Just Transition for an ecologically just society by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Kenya Office, PACJA, COTU, CEJAD, TI-K and Youth for SDGs Kenya

14.00 - 15.30 EAT

Food Finance EcoSystems by Women Major Group

15.30 - 17.00 EAT

African Sustainable Infrastructure Cooperation in Support of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework by African Wildlife Foundation

For any comments and questions, kindly contact Dr. Mohamed Abdelraouf, Co-chair of the Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) at UNEP ([email protected]).

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Circularity and Nature: Second High-level Meeting of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE)
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The Second High Level Meeting of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency (GACERE) explored the potential of a more circular economy to address the biodiversity crisis. GACERE members, strategic partners and businesses shared experiences in implementing circular economy practices and policies that contribute to preventing biodiversity loss. 

Read more about the event and GACERE on the UNEP website.

Moderator: Tim Nixon, Thomson Reuter 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Tsuyoshi Michael Yamaguchi, Minister of the Environment, Japan
  • Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity 
  • Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner, Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
  • Espen Barth Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway 
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, President and CEO, The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM)

Organized by: Ministry of the Environment, Japan, together with GACERE member countries: Canada, Chile, Colombia, the European Union, India, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Morocco, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Rwanda, South Africa and Switzerland.

With the support of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 

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Towards Stockholm 50: Transforming Global Value Chains for a Healthy Planet and Prosperity for All
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Around 70% of trade today involves global value chains that stitch together services, raw materials, inputs and suppliers across borders. The clock is ticking to ensure these production networks contribute to decarbonization and environmental preservation.

What global priorities and corporate action can accelerate and scale the delivery of sustainable, circular global value chains?

To transform to sustainable value chain, its important to be transparent and be accountable for what we are doing and to work collaborativly. Policy coherence is key. The speakers expressed their wish for double circularity during the next decade. The panel underlined that public procurement is a powerful tool for facilitating the transformation. 

To transform it is important to go beyond the short term perspective. We must go with nature, not against. Sustainable value chains are important in the new reality and they can support a fair and social just transformation. 

Moderator: Ms Kimberly Botwriight, WEF

Speakers:

  • Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Climate and the Environment, Sweden
  • Ankiti Bose, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Zilingo
  • Denorah Ohui Nartey, Research Analyst, Footprints Africa 

Organized by: Ministry of the Environment, Sweden; World Economic Forum; One Planet Network

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Steps of a participatory approach towards a new global agreement on marine litter and plastic pollution
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The establishment of a new ambitious and legally binding global agreement to enhance coherence and to close the existing gaps in the acquis needs commitment from UN members states, industry and civil society alike to be effective. Following the life-cycle and circular economy approaches, prevention is key whereas the global menace needs concerted action and joint cooperative effort on international, regional  and national level from all stakeholders.

Member States and stakeholders pledged to host and support the negotiation process. This is needed to develop and ensure an effective and reliable strategy for the upcoming meetings of an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee.
Areas of convergence were identified, which might contribute to the future structure and entities of the negotiation process and fostered the participation of stakeholders on the development of a roadmap towards a new global agreement on marine litter and plastic pollution. 

Moderator: Joy Doreen Biira

Speakers:

  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, UN 
  • Kwaku Afriyie, Environment Minister, Ghana
  • Steffi Lemke, Environment Minister, Germany
  • Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, Environment Minister, Rwanda
  • Gustavo Rafael Manrique Miranda, Environment Minister, Ecuador
  • Ana Teresa Lecaros, Environment Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru 
  • Steven Guilbeault, Environment Minister, Canada
  • Christine Hogen, Deputy Environment Minister, Canada
  • Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
  • Patricia Kombo, founder of the PaTree Initiative in Kenya, Centre for Environment Justice and Development, Kenya 
  • Marco Lambertini, General Director, WWF International
  • Allison Lim, Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs, The Alliance To End Plastic Waste
  • Ed Shepherd, Global Sustainability Senior Manager, Unilever
  • Joshua Wycliffe, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Waterways and Environment, Fiji
  • Damptey Bediako Asare, High Commissioner of Ghana to Kenya
  • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
  • Gunnar Andreas Holm, Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya, Somalia and the Seychelles, Permanent Representative of Norway to UNEP and UN-HABITAT

Audience: 260 in person, >1000 online

Organized by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature protection, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

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We Are What We Teach: 5 Ways that Education Can be Re-wired for Nature

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This event presented 5 cutting edge ideas as to how universities, student leaders, Olympic sports, the Scout movement and the video gaming industry are all acting to protect and defend nature.

Mr. Mamo Boru Mamo, Director General of NEMA in Kenya highlighted the role of universities in instilling youth with the necessary green skills. Then, Mr. Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standard, Curriculum, and Education Assessment at the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia, shared about their plans to re-vamp the curriculum and re-form their education system.

Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment in Egypt emphasized the need for empowering women and creating job opportunities, and Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the UK, shared their plans around curriculum change and youth inclusion. HE Ms. Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education in Malawi, went on to call on governments to include youth in policy making, to invest in targeted climate action for youth and to support youth led climate action initiatives.

Finally, Adam KcKay, film director of “Don’t Look Up”, shared closing remarks and reiterated that we all need to take action on this important topic to secure the sustainable future we need.

Ideas were shared around:

  1. What do students want from their education? Youth from Teach the Future and MOCK COP shared what young people are calling for around education for nature in order to prepare them for the sustainable future we need.
  2. How can universities play their part? The new Nature Positive Universities Alliance, led by the University of Oxford, called for universities to reduce the biodiversity impact of their supply chains and land use by joining the movement - 300 universities have already expressed interest in reducing their impact on nature.
  3. How can sports deliver for nature? The environmental activist and British rower, Melissa Wilson, along with the International Olympic Committee talked about the unrivalled influence of sport and the development of a major new Sport for Nature programme.
  4. How can some of the biggest youth movements in the world take action? The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) explained how their Earth Tribe platform seeks to advance education for nature by bringing all environmental badges into one space.
  5. How can we make use of popular mediums such as video games to reach people where they are? Playing for the Planet Alliance member Ubisoft showed how gaming is being rewired in support of the environment.

Moderator: Zamzam Ibrahim, VP, European Students’ Union 

Speakers:

  • Adam McKay, Academy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer - "Don't Look Up" Director
  • HE Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education, Malawi
  • Mamo Boru Mamo, Director General, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya
  • Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt
  • Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister of School System, United Kingdom
  • Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standard, Curriculum, and Education Assessment, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
  • Sonja Leighton Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  • Melissa Wilson, Environmental Activist and British Rower, Co-Founder of Athletes of the World
  • Shreya K.C, Climate Justice Activist, MOCK COP
  • Karis Micntyre, Youth Representative, Teach the Future
  • Emily Stott, Nature Positive Universities Alliance Coordinator, University of Oxford
  • Julie Duffus, Olympic Movement Senior Sustainability Manager, International Olympic Committee
  • Grecia Bárcena, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Kek Hian Leng, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Olivier Dauba, VP Games To Life, Ubisoft
  • Siiri Mäkelä, Associate Expert, UNEP
  • Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy, UNEP

Organized by: UNEP - Youth, Education and Advocacy Unit; Times Higher Education. 

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Accelerating Action Towards a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age
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The Coalition for Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES) presented its Action Plan “A Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age” with recommendations:

  1. To align the digital revolution with the sustainability transformation
  2. To realize sustainable digitalization
  3. To push for a decade of innovation for digital sustainability 

Digital vision and values for a sustainable digital age according to the speakers should be shaping digital innovations toward a common vision, purpose and set of values embodied by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and different multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

The panel underlinder that sustainable digitalization means building inclusive and environmentally sustainable digital infrastructure, standards and safeguards. 
Digital sustainability, however, is harnessing digital technologies and transitions to create new systemic incentives, behaviors, and business models that accelerate and scale environmental sustainability in an equitable way. 

Find out more about CODES and the Action Plan for a Sustainable Planet in the Digital Age.

Moderator: Eliane Ubalijoro, Global Hub Director, Canada, Future Earth and Executive Director at Sustainability in the Digital Age

Speakers:

  • ASG Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Acting Envoy on Technology, UN Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Technology
  • Steffi Lemke, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection
  • Rose Mwebaza ,Director at UN Climate Technology Centre and Network
  • Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency
  • Philip Thigo, Digital Advisor to the President of Kenya
  • Rudradeb Mitra, CEO Omdena
  • Dave Thau, Data and Technology Global Lead Scientist, WWF
  • Dunola Oladapo, Youth Generation Connect Lead, ITU 

Organized by: German Environmental Agency (UBA) for the Coalition of Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES); CODES co-champions: UBA, UNEP, UNDP, International Science Council, Future Earth, Kenyan Environmental Ministry. 

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Mapping Nature for the Sustainable Development Goals

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This side event explored how spatial insights from UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) can be used to support governments and other stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of nature-based solutions to support achievement of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and 2030 Agenda.

Speakers:

  • Joel Paque, Senior Director for Business Development, Impact Observatory 
  • Enrique Paniagua, Policy Expert, UNDP and Climate Adaptation Specialist, UNEP-Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica 
  • Rafael Monge, Director National Center of Geoenvironmental Information, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica 
  • Corli Pretorius, Deputy Director, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) 
  • Grégoire Dubois, Project Leader, EC Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity; EC JRC 
  • Cornelia Miller Granados, Director of the PRIAS Laboratory at the National Center for High Technology (CeNAT) 
  • Anas Khasawneh, National Coordinator, GEF Small Grants Programme in Jordan 

Languages: English & Spanish

Organized by: Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica; and UN Development Programme (UNDP) UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC).

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Time for Action: Integrated Efforts for a Healthy Planet and People
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Global frameworks, environmental agreements and science all agree – integrated, cross-sectoral action is crucial to countering the triple planetary crisis of climate, nature and pollution. But what are we doing to translate words to action?

This side event dived deep into the future of multilateral action through the lens of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework’s vision of “living in harmony with nature by 2050”.

All speakers expressed a strong commitment to greater integrate climate, biodiversity and pollution action.

Moderator: Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystems Division, UNEP 

Speakers and panelists:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP 
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, CEO and Chairperson, GEF 
  • H.E. Teresa Ribera, Deputy Prime Minister for the Ecological Transition, Spain 
  • H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Elizabeth Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention
  • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel Rotterdam Stockholm Conventions

In-person audience: aprox. 30

 Organized by: UNEP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Thursday 3 March, 2022

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Events in the Green Room

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The road to COP27 by Youth Love Egypt Foundation

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  • Passcode: 6G7PPH

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Towards a circular economy for the sustainable management of plastic waste on beach and ocean ecosystems by Mohammed VI Foundation for environmental protection

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Members of the Global Assembly Present the People’s Declaration for the Sustainable Future of Planet Earth by Global Assembly

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Meeting the 2030 Agenda within the Planetary Boundaries – A celebration of UNEP’s 50th Anniversary by 2022 Initiative Foundation, the Club of Rome and its Earth4All project partners

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For any comments and questions, kindly contact Dr. Mohamed Abdelraouf, Co-chair of the Major Groups Facilitating Committee (MGFC) at UNEP ([email protected]).

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World Environment Situation Room
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The World Environment Situation Room (WESR) is a federated data system of the best openly accessible environmental data, information, and knowledge with adequate analytical capacity, to support decision making, policy setting, and action at the global, regional, national, and local levels for the environment and sustainable development.

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[email protected] media event: Announcement of new Nature for Health Fund with €50M from Germany
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UNEP and partners announced a new Nature for Health Fund with the 50 million Euros from the German government.

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At the UN Environment Assembly member states passed a resolution on Biodiversity and Health.  175 countries came together to pass this resolution during the continued global pandemic in recognition that human, animal and environmental health are inextricably linked. Investments in nature are investments in human health and well-being.   

UNEP and partners announced a new Nature for Health Fund with EUR 50 million seed funding from BMUV/IKI. The Fund will be implemented in up to 20 countries with a focus on biodiversity and climate investments for preventing pandemics.

Speakers:

  • Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme
  • Steffi Lemke, Federal Environmental Minister, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany
  • Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Friday 4 March, 2022

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35 years of compliance mechanisms under Multilateral Environmental Agreements
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The event celebrated 35 years of implementation and compliance mechanisms established under Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) administered by UNEP.

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The event also drew on several recommendations of the General Assembly resolution 73/333 on Follow-up to the report of the ad hoc open-ended working group established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 72/277, in particular the invitation for secretariats of MEAs to enhance cooperation and collaboration among themselves within the scope of their respective mandates. It contributed to the exchange of information and experiences among MEAs, including with regards to reporting and monitoring processes. Moreover, the event provided an opportunity to take stock of the contributions of implementation/compliance mechanisms for achieving the objectives of MEAs. Lastly, it came up with lessons for the expected negotiations of a new legal instrument to address plastics.

The themes addressed in the event included:

  • Implementation and compliance mechanisms: between diplomacy and law
  • Reporting under MEAs: providing guidance to Parties to support implementation and effectiveness of MEAs and for their future development 
  • Success stories in overcoming challenges with reporting under MEAs
  • Linkages between reporting and other MEA obligations: experiences from regulating the international trade in wild fauna and flora
  • Lessons for a future legal instrument on plastics
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Transition from Linear to Circular Economy in Kenya

The event explored global and Kenya’s policy landscape supporting transition to a circular economy. It shared public and private sector commitment, best practices in transition to a circular economy and global synergies in pursuit of the circular economy between Kenya and development partners. Moreover, the aim was to expand the number of endorsees to the circular economy.

Speakers and panellists:

  • Mr. Keriako Tobiko, EGH, SC, CS Ministry of Environment and Forestry
  • Ms. Lea Wermelin, Denmark Minister for Environment
  • Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP 
  • Ms. Carole Kariuki, KEPSA CEO
  • Dr. Chris Kiptoo CBS, PS MoEF
  • Mr. Mamo B Mamo EBS, DG NEMA
  • Ms. Karin Boomsma, SIB Project Director
  • Mr. Mucai Kunyiha, KAM Chairman
  • Mr. Jackson Kiplagat, Head of Conservation Programs, WWF
  • H.E Francis Kimemia, EGH, CBS, HSC, Chair of Water Forestry and Natural Resources
  • Lt. General Mohammed Badi, DG Nairobi Metropolitan Services
  • Mr. Julius Kamau EBS, CCF Kenya Forestry Service
  • Ms. Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, Director, Economy Division, UNEP

View the programme line-up from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Kenya.

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Findings in the report "The UNEP We Want" (Multi-stakeholder Dialogue)
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The Multi-stakeholder Dialogue facilitated an exchange of views on the overall [email protected] theme “Strengthening UNEP for the implementation of the environmental dimension of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and it provided an opportunity for direct interaction between representatives of Major Groups and Stakeholders and Member States. It looked back at 50 years of UNEP but also forward at the expectations for the future, taking in particular into account the perspectives from Major Groups and Stakeholders.

The dialogue was informed by the report “The UNEP We Want” that was prepared by the [email protected] Taskforce of Major Groups and Stakeholders and that presented their views and proposals on the future of UNEP.

Stakeholder representatives:

  • Fabio Arturo López Alfaro, International Sciency Council, Youth representative, Mexico, co-author of the “UNEP We Want” report
  • Jan Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
  • Rev. Canon Dr. Rachel Mash, environmental coordinator of the Anglican Church based in South Africa
  • Maria Ivanova, University of Massachusetts, Boston, author of “The Untold Story of the World's Leading Environmental Institution: UNEP at Fifty”

Coordinated and managed by: Joe Agyeo, Citizen TV Kenya, in cooperation with UNEP