UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (2021)

UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (2021)

18–20 February 2021 | Online

UN Environment Assembly – UNEA

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Delegates from the private sector, civil society, and government met to address issues such as artificial intelligence for environmental action, pollution prevention and management, and integrated solutions for low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive societies. The outcomes will inform discussions at UNEA-5.

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UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (2021)

The Third Global Session of the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (UN-SPBF) convened under the theme, “Integrated Solutions #ForNature”. Participants addressed sustainable consumption and production (SCP) as the common thread running through the three planetary crises identified in the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Medium-Term Strategy – climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

The event took place at the commencement of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, and reflected the Decade’s goals and themes. Each session under the UN-SPBF’s Third Global Session aimed to identify where the greatest opportunity for the shift to SCP lies. Discussions sought to facilitate a multi-sectoral common agenda in line with UNEP’s mandate and priorities.

The agenda included sessions on:

  • Big Data and Frontier Tech: Powering the Transition to a Sustainable Future;
  • Addressing E-waste through Tracking, Traceability and Circular Approach;
  • Marine Litter and Microplastics Mitigation and Prevention;
  • Rethinking Cities: Bringing Nature to the Urban Environment; and
  • Nature-positive Food Systems for a Healthy Planet and Healthy People.

Organized in the lead up to the online session of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), the Third Global Session of the UN-SPBF aimed to act as a bridge between [email protected], Stockholm+50, and resumed session of UNEA-5 by offering strategic opportunities for inclusive, multi-sector engagement and collaboration.

The UN-SPBF was launched at UNEA-3 in December 2017. It is a framework designed to strengthen the interface between science, policy, business, and society. It convenes in conjunction with, and feeds into, the UNEA process.

IISD, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, is providing daily digital coverage and a summary report of the UN-SPBF (2021). Our summary report will be available on this site on Tuesday, 23 February 2021.

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2nd Meeting of the UNEP OECPR

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UNEA-3

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1st Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics

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Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6)

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4th Meeting of the OECPR and 4th Session of UNEA

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2nd Global Session UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment

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4th Meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics (AHEG-4)

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Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF)

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Youth Environment Assembly (YEA)

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5th Meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP (Online Session)

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Inaugural Regional Session of the UNEP Science-Policy-Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific (AP-SPBF 2021)

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