On 17 June 2014, Stakeholder Forum and the United Nations Environment Programme hosted an interactive webinar on the role and remit of the recently established United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). The online event informed stakeholders about the significance of the new body and its relationship with UNEP and the wider UN system. Participants were also informed about engagement opportunities with the new body and its relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 development agenda.
Resources from event
Archived webinar video:
- The history of UNEP and UNEA by Jan-Gustav Strandenaes
- Rules of engagement and agenda overview, including schedule of events for UNEA by Fatou Ndoye
- NGOs, civil society and UNEP-the work challenges by Marcos Orellana
Webinar preperatory materials:
- UNEA website
- UNEA accreditation
- UNEA working documents
- UNEA information documents
- UNEP civil society webpage
From 23 to 27 June 2014, the first session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme will convene at the UNEP headquarters in Nairobi with more than 1,200 participants, including Environment Ministers, Government delegates and representatives of major groups and other stakeholders. The overarching theme of the first session is “Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production” and as a second important topic, the UNEA will also address "Illegal Trade in Wildlife".
UNEA is a result of the call made by world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June 2012, to strengthen and upgrade UNEP as the pre-eminent body within the UN to deal with the environment. For more information about UNEA, visit the official website: