United Nations Environment Assembly

Tue, 24/06/14

The first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme is now officially underway at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi. The session will run from 23 - 27 June and is attended by more than 1,200 participants, including Environment Ministers, Government delegates and representatives of major groups and stakeholders.

The subject of the sesssion is “Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production”.  The outcomes are intended to inform ongoing discussions on the formulation of a set of targets and indicators that would succeed the Millennium Development Goals. Ministers are also discussing the issue of illegal trade in wildlife, an issue that is generating increasing global attention due to its adverse impact on biodiversity. Other issues on the UNEA agenda range from environmental rule of law to UNEP programme of work and budget.

UNEP's Executive Director Achim Steiner explains:
"UNEA represents the world’s political and strategic vehicle for driving global work on environmental priorities."

This film explains more about the event and the launch of UNEA:

UNEA is a result of the call made by world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June 2012, to strengthen and upgrade UNEP as the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda and by establishing universal membership in its Governing Council. In March 2013, the General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/67/251, formally changing the designation of the Governing Council to the “United Nations Environment Assembly”. Now all the 193 United Nations Member States, Observer States and other stakeholders participate in discussions and decision-making on issues that affect the state of the environment and global sustainability.

Find out more about UNEA at www.unep.org/unea or watch the live streaming at webcast.unon.org/

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