UNEA-2 continues deliberations on 2030 Agenda
May 26, 2016  //  By:   //  Blog Post  //  No Comment

The second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) continued in Nairobi, Kenya for discussions on the delivery of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Together with the work of government delegations and other participants and stakeholders, many side events, discussions and exhibitions took place addressing relevant topics for sustainability and the environment.

The Committee of the Whole continued its work on the draft resolutions introduced by delegations on multiple topics including, among others, issues such as ecosystem based adaptation, the sound management of chemicals & waste, the multidimensional and transboundary nature of environmental challenges, marine plastic debris and microplastics, sustainable consumption and production, illegal trade in wildlife, mainstreaming biodiversity, and the main theme of the Assembly. Around this issue, different specific points are still being debated including the importance of creating synergies, capacity building, and technology transfer.

Discussions advanced as well on the plan of work and budget for the bienniums 2016-2017 and 2018-2019, and on UNEP’s medium-term strategy 2018-2021. Different delegations urged member states to increase support to UNEP to work on the new commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the need for stable and adequate financial resources to support the objectives and growth of the organization.

Deliberations have also emphasized the relationship between UNEP and the Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) under its administration. Proposals are being reviewed to facilitate the cooperation between UNEP and the Conferences of the Parties (COPs), and to provide clear arrangements for their administration. Delegates are also working on the establishment of synergies for the biodiversity-related MEAs, so they can operate in a similar way to the chemicals and waste cluster.

Symposia took place on May 25 to discuss two topics:“Mobilizing Investment for Sustainable Development” and “Environment and Displacement: Root causes and implications.” The Assembly has also discussed different dimensions of the relationship between environment and conflict. UNEA also served as the scenario to launch the United Nations System-Wide Framework of Strategies for the Environment prepared by the Environment Management Group (EMG). The role of UNEA, delegates discussed, should be reflected in this process, as it is the global environmental authority.

On May 26-27 UNEA brings Ministers and Heads of Delegation to Nairobi for a High-Level Segment and Ministerial Dialogue on the overaching theme of the Assembly.

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About the Author :

Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy joined the GEG team in September 2011as a research assistant for the UMass Center of Governance and Sustainability. Natalia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 and its currently a PhD Student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston

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