Kenya will next week host over 100 ministers and over 1,700 participants from over 155 counties for the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).The decisions taken at UNEA, the world’s de facto parliament of environment, is expected to shape humanity’s development trajectory and address some of the most critical such as air pollution that kills millions of people every year to the illegal trade in wildlife, which is pushing species to the brink of extinction.
The conference to be held at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) offices in Nairobi from 23-27 May will set the global environmental agenda and address key issues including implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate, a statement issued in Nairobi by UNEP on Wednesday disclosed.
The UNEA deliberations will conclude with a High-Level Segment led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly John Ashe.
It will comprise a strategic briefing on the state of the environment by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, ministerial plenaries on Sustainable Development Goals, including Sustainable Consumption and Production and the illegal trade in wildlife.
During the UNEA week, more than 40 special and side events, fora, and high-level dialogues, will cover a range of issues, such as climate change, gender and the environment, green jobs, air quality, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the sound management of chemicals, among other topics.