UNEA Holds First Meeting in Nairobi
On Monday, June 23rd, 2014, the United Nations Enivronment Programme will hold the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). UNEA is a high-level UN body, formerly known as the UNEP Governing Council, reformulated to have universal membership. It was created as a direct result of the environmental negotiations at Rio+20 in June, 2012. UNEA has a dual mandate to be the highest global political forum on environmental issues and the governing body of UNEP.
The intricacies of global environmental governance in general, and how and why UNEP has changed in the past two years specifically, are complicated. To address this complexity, the Stakeholder Forum produced a webinar with several GEG experts that is currently available for anyone to view on Youtube. The webinar itself is very long, but the presenters made good use of slides in their presentations. We recommend skipping around until you see something of interest on a slide, then stopping to listen to the audio.
As for UNEA, events begin on the 23rd and are set to conclude on the 27th. A full schedule of events can be found at UNEP’s homepage, and a live webcast of the meetings can be viewed here. Among the topics of discussion are the illegal trade in wildlife, sustainable consumption and production, the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals, and the Green Economy.