United Nations Environment Assembly & UN Science Policy Forum

Nairobi, Kenya | 4-6 December, 2017

Dr. Lorna Inniss, Coordinator for UN Environment Caribbean Environment Programme, is attending the United Nations Environment Assembly & UN Science Policy Forum from 4-6 December 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya. Click here for further details.

The Assembly provides a high level platform for leadership on global environmental policy bringing together  all 193 UN Member States and the full involvement of UN organizations, specialized agencies, inter-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector. 

The focus of this year’s Assembly will be to confront pollution our air, land, waterways, and oceans, and to safely manage our chemicals and waste using sustainable and climate-neutral practices. The agenda includes:

Five events will take place in Nairobi in the week ahead of the Assembly:

  • 27-28 November: Civil society will host the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates the participation of civil society in the Environment Assembly and associated meetings.
  • 29 November - 1 December: The Committee of Permanent Representatives will hold its third open-ended meeting.
  • 2 - 3 December: The UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment will take place in the lead-up to and during the third session of the UN Environment Assembly, under the banner “Science for Green Solutions”. Recommendations from the Forum will inform the Assembly, which opens on 4 December. The UN Global Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment aims to identify and promote opportunities for green investment that are driven by advances in science and technology, empowering policies and innovative financing.
  • 3-6 December: The Sustainable Innovation Expo will take place on the margins of the Assembly and will complement the high-profile Leadership Dialogues. The Expo will showcase that science teaches problem solving; it will also encourage critical thinking in how important, though small, our world is. The Expo will also engage participants in the oldest science of all—astronomy.   
  • 3 December: The Environment Management Group Nexus Dialogue on pollution, Cities and health co-hosted by the United Nations Environment Management Group, UN Environment, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, will allow participants to dialogue on the importance of tackling health risks from air, water and solid waste pollution through multi-sectoral approaches, and at different geographic levels. 

Interactive Leadership Dialogues will be launched during this year’s Assembly encouraging high-level engagement and discussion among participants on how to achieve a pollution-free planet.

See the schedule of events here.

The dialogue of the UN Science Policy Forum will also address the challenges and new opportunities emerging at the science-policy interface with the aim of enhancing a collective understanding across both sides of the interface. It will serve to strengthen the science-policy dialogue and recommend concrete measures for collective action in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.