Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum concludes ahead of UNEA
May 23, 2016  //  By:   //  Blog Post  //  No Comment

On May 21-22, the sixteenth session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) met in Nairobi ahead of the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) that takes place from 23-27 May to discuss the issue of “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Representatives from all nine Major Groups and Stakeholders discussed the development of partnerships, shared experiences, and provided their input into UNEA-2. Participants also exchanged views about the expected outcomes of UNEA negotiations, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the engagement of the GMGSF under the mandate of UNEA. Issues such as increased public participation and access to information, the means of implementation and the mobilization of resources for sustainable investments were also part of the debates.

During the plenary sessions and the side events, participants focused on the role of multi-stakeholder partnerships to promote sustainability. As different organizations acknowledged, the SDGs are a critical opportunity for transformational change, and their implementation need to bring actors from all sectors not only to provide information and resources, but also their entrepreneurship, experience and practices. Major groups and stakeholders highlighted as well the need to understand the UNEA system in order to have a more active access to information, participation and influence on the agenda.

GMGSF

As part of the two-days meeting the GMGSF had a dialogue with UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. Steiner emphasized the achievements of civil society organizations in the last decade and their role in the mobilization of resources. To achieve the SDGs, Steiner said, major groups and stakeholders need to keep governments accountable and see the goals from an integrative perspective. He also invited participants to ensure that UNEA member states recognize the role of this governing body as the authoritative voice for the environment.

Participants also prepared a specific input document for the UNEA agenda topics to be presented to the Assembly regarding the role of UNEP in the implementation of the 2030 agenda.

The Global Major Groups & Stakeholders Forum was organized by the Major Groups facilitating Committee with the support of the UNEP Secretariat.

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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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