Parliament for the Environment kicks off in Kenya


25 May Parliament for the Environment kicks off in Kenya


UNEA-2. This is the rather blunt code name given to the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which is being held at the headquarters of UNEP in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23 to 27 May. It will be attended by the President of COP21, Ségolène Royal, on Thursday 26 May.

The “Parliament of the Environment” was welcomed by the UNSG two years ago, in June 2014, which commended the creation of this “new strong voice for the environment”. It started its work on Monday 23rd May with a thousand delegates representing governments, the private sector and civil society. On the agenda: air pollution, but also the illicit trade of wildlife species.

“The world must seize this opportunity – the first global decision-making platform since the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement – to review and accelerate progress towards a greener, better future for all”, said the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner.

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) was created during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) in 2012, as a result of the international community’s decision to strengthen and enhance the role of UNEP, in particular via the establishment of the universal membership of its governing body. UNEA is the main policymaking organ of UNEP and has the mandate to take strategic decisions, provide policy guidelines for the work of UNEP, and promote a strong interface between science and politics.

“UNEA provides the world with a chance to unite in a common struggle against the forces of hunger, poverty, climate change and environmental damage. We must use UNEA-2 to show we can move fast enough and hard enough to create a healthy planet, with healthy people, which leaves no one behind”, added Mr. Steiner.

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