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16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) and 2nd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

21-22 and 23-27 May 2016 | UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

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UNEA-2 The second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEA-2) takes place from 23-27 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, on the theme of “Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

The conference features a high-level ministerial segment that is expected to issue a global call to action on critical environmental challenges. A report on “Healthy Environment, Healthy People,” will be launched during the conference, and will be discussed at a ministerial session aimed at identifying relevant partnerships, policies and tools in areas including air quality, ecosystems, and chemicals and waste management.

The meeting will address many other international environmental policy and governance issues, including illegal trade in wildlife, marine plastic debris and microplastics, ecosystem-based adaptation, and sustainable development and poverty eradication. UNEA-2 will also discuss and approve the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Medium-Term Strategy for 2018-2021 and its Programme of Work for 2018-2019.

The UNEA-2 outcome will contribute to the work of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which meets in July 2016 in New York.

UNEA is the highest decision-making body on environmental matters in the UN system, and has universal membership of all 193 UN Member States, as well as the participation of Major Groups and other stakeholders. A science-policy forum, a Sustainable Innovation Expo and the 16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum will take place in conjunction with UNEA-2.

The Open-ended Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP (OECPR) met in February 2016 to prepare draft resolutions for consideration at UNEA-2. The first session of UNEA (UNEA-1) took place in June 2014.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has published a briefing note for the GMGSF 2016 and provided daily web coverage, daily reports from the UNEA-2. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from this meeting, which is available in HTML and PDF format.
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