The world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment will meet next week (11-15 March 2019) at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, to address one of the greatest challenges of our time – how to shift the global economic system towards a sustainable future.
The 4th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which brings together UN Member States, intergovernmental organisations and other stakeholders every two years, will this year focus on ‘Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.’ UNEP-WCMC will be supporting various biodiversity-related discussions, including on food systems and restoration, trade and marine resources, and on the development of the future plan for biodiversity - all demonstrating biodiversity’s critical role in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
On Wednesday 13 March the sixth Global Environment Outlook report will be launched; this flagship report will provide decision makers with a detailed review of the current state of the global environment, and an analysis of the effectiveness of policy responses and pathways towards 2030 and 2050 that could achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and other internationally agreed environment goals. Hilary Allison, Head of Programme for UNEP-WCMC’s Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support Programme, coordinated the chapter on biodiversity.
UNEP-WCMC will also be contributing to a number of events at the preceding Science-Policy-Business Forum, held from 8 to 10 March 2019, recommendations from which will inform UNEA and the UN’s work on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Representatives from UNEP-WCMC will be supporting discussions around open data, sustainable food systems, and tracking Sustainable Development Goals.
Image: entrance to the UN Environment, Nairobi, Kenya - Stephanie Foote