The High-Level Segment of the third session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-3) opened today in Nairobi, Kenya. The opening plenary was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and follow up remarks were delivered by Presidents David Granger of Guyana and Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago.
Delegates then convened in four consecutive thematic Leadership Dialogues, with plenary sessions to present national statements continuing in parallel. Committee of the Whole (COW) informal group consultations also continued throughout the day, adopting the remaining three decisions and resolutions in the closing plenary in the evening.
In the evening, the “Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on People and Pollution” took place.
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View of the dais during the High-Level Segment
Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP
David Granger, President of Guyana
UNEA-3 President Edgar Gutiérrez-Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, President of Trinidad and Tobago
Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary, Secretariat of Governing Bodies, UNEP, and David Granger, President of Guyana
Hassan Abdel-Gadir Hilal, Minister of Environment, Forests and Physical Development, Sudan
Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Singapore
Mary Goretti Kitutu Kimono, Minister of State for Environment, Uganda
Joke Schauvliege, Flemish Region Minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture, Belgium
Marcelo Mena Carrasco, Minister for Environment, Chile
Dominic Kailashnath Waughray, World Economic Forum
Beatrice Marshall, Anchor, China Global Television Network Africa
Laurent Fabius, France
Tina Birmpili, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat
Zain Verjee, former Anchor, CNN
Maarten Kappelle, UNEP
Martha Rojas-Urrego, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention
Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre
Hu Weiwei, CEO, MoBike
Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment, Luxembourg
Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters
Committee of the Whole
Fernando Coimbra, Brazil
Chair of the COW, John Matuszak, US
Elizabeth Taylor, Colombia
Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
Marie Chatardová, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Eritai Kateibwi, Young Champion of the Earth for Asia Pacific
Halima Hussein, Natural Justice
Felix Dodds, International Ambassador for the City of Bonn
Olga Speranskaya, Co-chair of the International Persistent Organic Pollutants Elimination Network
Sascha Gabizon, Co-Facilitator, Women Major Group
Kaya Dorey, Novel Supply Co.
Side Event: The role of Circular Economy in the transition "Towards a Pollution-Free Planet"
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner, Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
Li Ganjie, Minister of Environmental Protection, China
Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UNEP
Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
Side Event: Together against Marine litter and microplastics
Karen Raubenheimer, University of Wollongong, Australia
Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate and the Environment, Norway
Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Break Free from Plastic
Christophe de Boissoudy, Novamont France
Ola Göransson, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Jamil Ahmad, UNEP
Marie-France Houle, Global Affairs Canada, introducing Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy at a side event on Strengthening Gender Policies for a Toxic Free Planet / Photo courtesy Cliff GAI, Women Environmental Programme
Participants conferring between sessions
Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, with Stephan Contius, Germany