4 Feburary 2019
The fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will take place from 11-15 March 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya.
UNEA-4 will feature a number of high-level events and negotiate resolutions on areas of expertise of International Geneva. The theme for this session is “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production” covers policies, financing, technologies, partnerships and multistakeholder processes, key both to solving many environmental challenges, as well as to accelerating sustainable development more generally. This recognition of the need of transformative change to support Agenda 2030, already highlighted at the 2nd and 3rd sessions of the United Nations Environment Assembly, directly underpins the choice of the overarching theme for the fourth session of the Environment Assembly by Member States in Nairobi in March 2019.
On the occasion of the visit of the President of the UN Environment Assembly, H.E. Siim KIISLER, Minister of Environment of Estonia to Geneva, a briefing in preparation of this important meeting was organized by the Geneva Environment Network at the International Environment House.
The vision of the President for the Assembly is to develop partnerships towards more sustainable and innovative societies. This vision can be summarized as three main priorities (“3 Ps”) which he will promote as the President of the Assembly: partnerships, policy integration, and people. Geneva is the ideal place for discussing these priorities. A ministerial declaration on the theme shall underscore the Assembly as the highest decision-making body of the environment.
Through the Geneva Environment Network platform, the various stakeholder working with environmental issues are regularly briefed and debriefed on major environmental negotiations, including the UN Environment Assemblies and the previous UNEP Governing Councils.
The wide participation of all stakeholders in UNEA-4 is an utmost priority for the United Nations Environment Programme and the success of UNEA-4. It is crucial for effective agenda-setting to include the voices of the world’s environmental and sustainable development advocates on the ground in high-level decision-making.
To complement the President vision for the upcoming assembly, a science serving decision makers session featured the global assessments to be released at UNEA. Switzerland, member of the UNEA Bureau, has regularly contributed to the dialogues and briefings in preparation of the former UN Environment Assembly sessions organized through the Geneva Environment Network platform, and will brought its expertise in the closing remarks.
Sylvie MOTARD, Europe Office Director a.i., United Nations Environment Programme
President Vision for the Assembly: Ministerial Outcome Document, Partnerships, Policy integration, and People
H.E. Siim KIISLER, Minister of Environment of Estonia, President of UNEA-4 Bureau
Practical information on the Assembly
Wondwosen ASNAKE KIBRET, Europe Office Policy and Partnerships Coordinator, United Nations Environment Programme
Science serving decision makers: the Global Environmental Assessments at UNEA-4 (GEO6, GCO, GRO, WESR with MapX)
Session moderated by Steven RAMAGE, Head of External Relations, GEO Secretariat
Global Environmental Outlook – Matthew BILLOT
Global Chemicals Outlook – Gamini MANUWEERA
Global Resources Outlook – Ben SIMMONS
World Environment Situation Room & MapX – Pascal PEDUZZI & Inga PETERSEN
Felix WERTLI, Vice President of UNEA-4 Bureau, and Head of Section Global Affairs, International Affairs Division, Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland
The event was live on facebook, with some minor technical problems.
UNEA4 is an opportunity for member states to bring a regional perspective to the decision-making body, to contribute to negotiations, to promote and share solutions developed in the region, to forge partnerships, to engage with the private sector and civil society.
“My vision is to strengthen our partnership with civil society... and have a very ambitious political declaration”
H.E. Siim KIISLER, Minister of Environment of Estonia
Find the message from the President on the UN Environment Assembly Website.
Resolutions by Member States
Science serving decision makers: the Global Environmental Assessments at UNEA-4
Global Environmental Outlook 6 (GEO-6) see Matthew BILLOT Presentation
Global Chemicals Outlook II (GCO-2) see Gamini MANUWEERA Presentation
Global Resources Outlook (GRO 2019) see Ben SIMMONS Presentation (GRO)
Data: World Environment Situation Room and MapX see Inga PETERSEN Presentation