Highlights for Friday, 8 March 2019
In the afternoon, Forum participants engaged in an exchange with UNEA-4 President Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment of Estonia.
On Friday, 8 March, closed consultations took place prior to the official opening of the second global session of the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment. The Forum will feed into the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), which is due to convene from 11-15 March 2019 on the theme, “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production.”
reviewed a draft declaration for the Citizen Science Global Partnership;
outlined challenges and opportunities for Green Startup Initiatives and how the Forum can help enable green innovation; and
provided input for a proposed white paper on building a global digital platform for the environment.
In the morning, participants took part in closed consultations around three focal areas of the Forum: Big Data and Earth Observations; the Green Startup Initiative; and Citizen Science. Among other things, delegates:
The closed consultations concluded with a dialogue between leaders from the science, policy, civil society and business communities that included an exchange with UNEA-4 President Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment of Estonia.
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Participants arriving at the Forum
Data and Earth Observations
View of the consultations on Data and Earth Observations
Shereen Zorba, Head, Secretariat of the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, and facilitator for the consultations on Data and Earth Observations
Participants at the consultations on Data and Earth Observations
Green Startup Initiative
Consultations on Green Startup Initiative
Consultations on Citizen Science
High-Level Working Lunch
Forum participants during the High-Level Working Lunch
High-Level Briefing with the UN Environment Assembly Leadership
UNEA-4 President Siim Kiisler, Minister of Environment of Estonia
Shereen Zorba, Head, Secretariat of the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment
Yvonne Harz-Pitre, International Fertilizer Association
Wayne Balta, IBM
L-R: Izabella Monica Vieira Teixiera and Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel
Steven Kukoda, International Copper Association
Jonathan Everhart, Global ReEnergy Holdings
James Donovan, ADEC Foundation Inc.
Ram Gyan Kej, Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter
L-R: Jian Liu, Chief Scientist, UNEP, and Satya Tripathi, Assistant Secretary General, UNEP
Edie Hedda Threlfall, Youth participant from Francis Holland School