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First UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

23-27 June 2014, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

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Summary Highlights of the Meeting

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Outgoing GC-27/GMEF President Hassan Abdel Hilal congratulates incoming UNEA President Oyun Sanjaasuren
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Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, poses for a photo with President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and ministers, heads of delegation and UN executive officers at UNEA's high level segment
Summary for Monday, 23 June 2014
On Monday, delegates convened for the opening plenary of the first session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of UNEP. In the afternoon the Committee of the Whole (COW) convened. Delegates considered draft decisions submitted by governments and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.
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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, delivers opening remarks to UNEA delegates
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Sahle-Work Zewde, Director General, UNON
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Judi Wakhungu, Minister for Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Kenya
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Calvin James, Farmers Major Group
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Imogen Ingram, Women Major Group
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Summary for Tuesday, 24 June 2014
On Tuesday delegates convened for the Global Symposium on the Environmental Rule of Law. The COW met throughout the day continuing consideration of draft decisions. In the afternoon the Gender and Environment Forum convened in four parallel sessions. In the evening delegates participated at UNEA "Unplugged," a town hall debate moderated by renowned Kenyan journalist, Jeff Koinange, that aimed to capture the diversity of voices on the thematic issues being addressed at UNEA. A contact group on chemicals and waste met, as well as the drafting group and the Working Party on rules of procedure.
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Participants of the UNEA Global Symposium on the Environmental Rule of Law
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Closing ceremony with Winston Anderson, Antonio Benjamin, Achim Steiner, Philip Waki, and Scott Fulton
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John Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES
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Harold Nsekela, President, East Africa Court of Justice
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Jeff Koinange, Kenyan journalist, hosts "UNEA Unplugged," a live televised townhall meeting with Antonio Benjamin, High Court of Brazil, Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN, Farooq Ullah, Stakeholder Forum, Ligia Noronha, DTIE UNEP, and Nhattan Nguyen, UNEP TUNZA for Youth
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Summary for Wednesday, 25 June 2014
On Wednesday delegates convened for the Global Symposium on Financing a Green Economy. The COW met throughout the day. In the evening the COW reconvened to hear reports from contact groups, consider draft resolutions and all other business, and provisionally approve available draft decisions.
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Panelists at the session on Country Innovation in Greening Finance, Wang Jingdong, Senior Executive Vice President, ICBC, and Joshua Oigara, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Commerical Bank, shake hands while moderator, Charles Anderson, Director, UNEP Finance Initiative, looks on
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L-R: John Scanlon, Secretary General, CITES, with Dan Reifsnyder, US
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Jacob Duer, UNEP, and Bakary Kante, ASCENT, conferring
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Christopher Briggs, Secretary-General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
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Marlene Francia, IBON International
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Summary for Thursday, 26 June 2014
The High-Level Segment (HLS) of UNEA opened on Thursday morning. At lunchtime a briefing was held on the two themes of the HLS. In the afternoon the ministerial plenary on the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda, including SCP, convened. Contact groups convened throughout the day.
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Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
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John Ashe, President, 68th UN General Assembly
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Isis Alvarez, Major Group Women
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Fiona Nyangoma, Major Group Children and Youth
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Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, addressing the high level panel
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Summary for Friday, 27 June 2014

On Friday, the ministerial plenary on the SDGs and post-2015 development agenda, including SCP, continued. The COW completed its work and approved outstanding decisions. The closing UNEA plenary convened in the afternoon. Delegates adopted two decisions and 14 resolutions on, inter alia: strengthening the role of the UNEP in promoting air quality; the Science-Policy Interface; Ecosystem-based Adaptation; Implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development; Illegal Trade in Wildlife; Chemicals and Waste; and Marine Debris and Microplastics.

Addressing delegates, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said "the message is clear: protecting humanity's life support system is integral to sustainable development and a duty for all."

Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, observed that work on the SDGs will add clarity, precision and broad expertise to the new global framework for sustainable development.

During the evening, the Ministerial Outcome Document of UNEA of UNEP was adopted. However, several member states requested that the meeting report reflect their reservations concerning the document.

UNEA President Oyun Sanjaasuren gaveled the meeting to a close at 11:00pm.

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
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President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta
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Anthony Alonwu and Karibu Musa of Nigeria conferring during the High-Level Segment
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Stefan Micallef, International Maritime Organization, and Wolfgang Burhenne, IUCN
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Delegates consulting on the outcome of UNEA
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Related Links
Assembly Resources

*Assembly Website

*Assembly Scenario Note

*Assembly Annotated Agenda

*Assembly Full Schedule

*Assembly Organization

*Assembly Documents

*High-level Segment Ministerial Plenary: The Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals including Sustainable Consumption and Production

*High-level Segment Ministerial Dialogue on Illegal Trade in Wildlife

*Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law

*Symposium on Financing a Green Economy

*Gender Forum


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the First meeting of the UNEP Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR), 24-28 March 2014, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Twenty-seventh Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF), 18-22 February 2013, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

bulletIISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council (GCSS-12/GMEF), 20-22 February 2012, UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya

*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings

*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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