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Monday, February 7, 2022

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Online Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (7-10 Feb)

Between 7–10 February 2022, the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) 2022 was held, self-organized by the Major Group Facilitating Committee (MGFC), the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF). 

The GMGSF allowed Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) to review, share and organize their input towards these meetings. In light of the COVID pandemic, the GMGSF 2022 was held as an online meeting, with access for accredited and non-accredited organizations.

Read a summary of the Forum from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

For a recap of the GMGSF also visit the UNEP event page.

For any further information contact: [email protected] and/or [email protected]

Monday, February 21, 2022

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Faith for Earth Dialogue at UNEA-5.2 (21 Feb - 4 Mar)

Watch the recording of the launch on Monday, 21 February 2022:

The Faith for Earth Dialogue demonstrated the power and potential of faith-based organisations and faith leaders in shaping the discussions at UNEA. Open to all stakeholders, it engaged in policy dialogue with governments, major groups, cities, businesses and other civil society organisations.

During the Closing Plenary of UNEA-5.2, Shantanu Mandal, co-facilitator of the Faith and Environment Working Group of UNEP's Major Group of Children and Youth, read an Interfaith Statement on behalf of faith leaders and organisations.

Archbishop Prof. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the World Evangelical Alliance, gave a statement during the [email protected] celebrations.

Find more information about the Faith for Earth Dialogue on the UNEP event page.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

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Second UNEA Cities and Regions Summit

The Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) Cities and Regions Summit convened virtually on 23 February 2022 under the theme “Flip the Script: Cities and Nature.”

Read the report and see the highlights of the summit on the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.

Partners included UN Habitat, UNDP, FAO, C40, UCLG, ICLEI, WWF, GCOM, WRI, GEF and IUCN. The Summit was hosted as a contribution to UrbanShift, the UN Decade of Restoration, CitiesWithNature and RegionsWithNature.

Monday, February 28, 2022

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Accelerating a Just Transition to a Circular Economy in Africa

This event provided a platform for Member States and non-state actors to share and discuss how to implement Circular Economy policies, principles, practices and action plans.

The circular economy approach promotes and stimulates a sustainable consumption and production practises, creates employment, addresses resource efficiencies and at the same time protects the environment. 

The event concretely presented the progress in the development and implementation of the following:

  1. Draft UNEA Resolution on Circular Economy (submitted by Africa Group)
  2. Africa (AMCEN) Green Stimulus 
  3. Africa Circular Economy Facility (ACEF)
  4. Africa Union Green Recovery action plan 2021-2027 

Moderator: James Mwangi CEO Dalberg 

Organized by: UN Environment Programme (UNEP), African Development Bank (AfDB)

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Reimagining Conservation: Integrating Human rights in the Development and Implementation of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Watch the recording of the event.

The event built upon the recent recognition of the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment as a human right by Human Rights Council resolution 48/13. It offered ideas for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that promotes rights-based action to protect biodiversity, including through participatory, inclusive, transparent and accountable implementation that safeguards Indigenous Peoples’ rights and ways of life. The event also outlined options for targets and indicators for follow-up, implementation, and reporting to advance a human rights-based approach to biodiversity governance. 

Speakers:

Opening remarks

  • Francisco Cali Tzay, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples
  • Annika Strandhäll, Minister for Climate and the Environment of Sweden

Panel discussion

  • Francis Ogwal, Post-2020 GBF co-chair
  • Mrinalini Rai, Director, Women4Biodiversity
  • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, GEF CEO
  • Josefa Tauli, Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Concluding remarks

  • David Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
  • Mariano Castro, Vice President and Vice-Minister of Environment of Peru

Organized by: Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action; CIEL; Conservation International; Costa Rica, Earthjustice; Forest Peoples Programme; GANHRI; Human Rights Watch; International Indian Treaty Council; IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy; Natural Justice; OHCHR; Peru; Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; Slovenia; Swedbio; Sweden; UNDP; UNEP; Universal Rights Group; Women 4 biodiversity; WWF. 

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Faith for Nature: Voices of Hope and Faith - Sharing Visions Living in Harmony with Nature

Watch the recording and read about the event on the LWF website.

The panel discussion highlighted the work of faith communities and especially indigenous women and young faith leaders in mobilizing collective global action to protect nature and biodiversity and deliver critical reflections on enhanced biodiversity governance for climate resilience. 

Moderator: Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary (CEO), ACT Alliance 

Speakers:

  • Anne Burghard, LWF General Secretary
  • Iemaima Jennifer Vaai, Pacific Council of Churches
  • Fernanda Zúñiga, Lutheran Church in Chile (ILCH) 
  • Collins Shava, Executive Secretary, Youth at All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC-CETA), Evangelic Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe 
  • Jocabed Solano, Memoria Indígena (Indigenous Memory) 
  • Maura Lee, Youth representative ELCA
  • Prof Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC Deputy General Secretary 

Organized by: The Lutheran World Federation; ACT Alliance, The World Council of Churches and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 

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Reuse Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution

Watch the recording of the event.

This side event addressed the urgency to take action and to embed reuse as critical in the fight against plastic pollution. With the aim of accelerating multi-stakeholder collaboration, UNEP, WWF and the World Economic Forum announced the joint launch of a global Reuse Portal to stem the tide from single-use to reuse.

The speakers underlined the need for the Plastic Treaty to encompass the full plastic value chain, in particular Upstream solutions. They emphasised a collaborative approach and how reuse is a significant part of the holistic solution.

Speakers:

  • Lauren Phipps, Vice President & Senior Analyst Greenbiz 
  • Abigail Aguilar, Campaign Strategist, Greenpeace
  • Benjamin von Wong,  Founder and Artist, Von Wong Inc 
  • Bérangère Abba, Secretary of State, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France
  • Børge Brende, President, World Economic Forum 
  • H.E. Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Head of Government, Mexico City
  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP (tbc)
  • H.E. Mr Javier Naranjo, Minister of Environment, Chile
  • Joshua Amponsem, Founder, Green Africa Youth Organization
  • Kirils Jegorovs, Co-founder, Circolution 
  • Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF
  • Mark Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé 
  • Melissa Murara, Climate Change Initaitves Consultant, African Development Bank 
  • Tiza Mafira, Executive Director, Plastic Bag Diet Movement Indonesia 
  • Tom Szaky, Founder and CEO, TerraCycle/Loop 

Organized by: World Economic Forum, UNEP, WWF.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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From Recovery to Transformation: Greening Economies for People and Planet

Watch the recording of the event.

This event highlighted the opportunity for countries to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 through a green economic recovery. Leaders from across sectors discussed the shifts needed in policy and investment for stimulating the economic transformation that tackles the root causes of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss and pollution. 

Importance was given by partner donors for the allocation of resources to green and inclusive policies. PAGE's substantive contributions to countries were being recognized as a catalyser of the green socio-economic transition, as well as an important integrator in the delivery of activities, and enabler of multi-stakeholder implementation (UN agencies and public and private bodies).

The speakers highlighted the existing capacities, such as tools and policies, that should be adopted by countries into their systems for driving forward the green transformation. They also pointed out the necessary policy and investment shifts, with increased allocation of funds from recovery spending to other resources alike for the green economy. These should have benefits to nature and people, like the protection of natural resources and peoples well being, economic growth and job creation through the stimulation of "green" activities.

Moderator: Nozipho Tshabalala, Conversation Strategist 

Speakers:

  • Asad Naqvi, Head of UN PAGE
  • Vic Van Vuuren, Representative of the International Labour Organisation
  • Prof Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu, Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria
  • Richard Lewney, Chair of Cambridge Econometrics
  • Dr. Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentarian State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUV), Germany  
  • Hon. Walter Verri, Vice Minister for Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay
  • Michaela Friberg-Storey, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan
  • Dr. Christopher Hurst representative Director General, European Investment Bank
  • Hon. Barbara Creecy, Minister of Foresty, Fishries and the Environment, South Africa
  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, UNDP
  • Inger Andersen Executive Director, UNEP

Organized by: PAGE (UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy) with UNDP, UNEP, ILO, UNIDO, UNITAR. 

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Stepping Up to Strengthen Ocean Governance Under SDG14

Watch the recording of the event.

The discussion highlighted the interconnected nature of the ocean, noting the responsibility that all nations and communities have in its protection and management.  Panellists agreed that a holistic and collaborative approach to ocean governance needs to be adopted both locally and globally, ensuring that coastal communities and small island states are included in ocean dialogue.

Panellists underlined the importance of expanding scientific research to help identify the problems and solutions, with a focus on transparency and collaboration.  The mobilisation of resources and finance need to be informed by research and stakeholder engagement.

Closing remarks focused on an urgent call for action, with optimism that further events this year will bring ocean governance into major global discussions. 

Moderator: Kristian Teleki, Global Director of the Ocean Program at World Resources Institute 

Speakers:

  • Zac Goldsmith, Minister for Pacific and the Environment at the FCDO and DEFRA
  • Maya Delaney, Bahamas’ Youth Climate Ambassador
  • Ingrid Giskes, Director for Global Ghost Gear Initiative
  • Gemma Harper, Chief Executive for Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Nina Jensen, CEO for REV Ocean
  • Tony Long, CEO for Global Fishing Watch
  • David Obura, Founding Director of CORDIO East Africa
  • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO for Global Environment Facility team
  • Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean 

Organized by: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK Government; Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK Government 

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Clean Air: Regional Responses to the Air Pollution Crisis

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This event addressed the necessary components for air quality management and the potential for regional cooperation to bridge gaps and build capacity.   Panelists discussed what has worked to clean the air and proposed ways to build on those successes in providing cleaner air for everyone.

Moderator: Sheila Aggarwal-Khan, Director, Economy Division, UNEP 

Speakers:

  • Monica Medina, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Steven Guilbault, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Paul Almodovar, EPA/OAQPS
  • Noora Khaleel, Maldives National University
  • Waiswa Ayazika, Director, Environmental Monitoring & Enforcement, NEMA Uganda
  • Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • Anna Engleryd, Swedish EPA 

Organized by: U.S. Department of State. 

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Delivering for People and Nature: The One Planet Network is Changing How We Think, Act and Inspire Sustainable Consumption and Production

Watch the recording of the event.

This side event explored the main achievements of the One Planet Network, showcasing its impacts through concrete examples. It also looked ahead towards building together a new inclusive Global Strategy and a human-centric movement to scale up and accelerate action for Sustainable Consumption and Production to ensure a sustainable recovery from COVID-19.

Speakers:

  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General, Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission 
  • Cecilia Nicolini, State Secretary of Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Innovation, Argentina 
  • Katrin Schneeberger, State Secretary, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland 
  • H.E. Joaquim Leite, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Brazil, host country of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Victoria Kate Burrows, Director, Advancing NetZero World Green Buildings Council
  • Emma Kari, Minister of environment and climate change, Finland
  • Melissa D. Ho, Senior Vice President, Freshwater and Food WWF
  • Andrea Meza Murillo, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Brune Poirson, Head of Sustainability, Accor Hotels  
  • Hon. Ricardo Galindo Bueno, Vice minister of Tourism, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Colombia
  • Helena Leurent, Director General, Consumers international 
  • Arab Hoballah, SEED Executive Director 
  • Cecile Duranton, Co-Founder of Time for the Planet
  • Kieren Mayers, Senior Director of Environment, Social, and Governance, Sony Entertainment
  • Kavydass Ramano, Minister of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, Mauritius, on behalf of the Board 

Organized by: UNEP (One Planet Network Secretariat / 10YFP) with Switzerland, Finland, Argentina, European Commission. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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We Are What We Teach: 5 Ways that Education Can be Re-wired for Nature

Watch the recording of the event.

This event presented 5 cutting edge ideas as to how universities, student leaders, Olympic sports, the Scout movement and the video gaming industry are all acting to protect and defend nature.

Mr. Mamo Boru Mamo, Director General of NEMA in Kenya highlighted the role of universities in instilling youth with the necessary green skills. Then, Mr. Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standard, Curriculum, and Education Assessment at the Ministry of Education and Culture in Indonesia, shared about their plans to re-vamp the curriculum and re-form their education system.

Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment in Egypt emphasized the need for empowering women and creating job opportunities, and Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the UK, shared their plans around curriculum change and youth inclusion. HE Ms. Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education in Malawi, went on to call on governments to include youth in policy making, to invest in targeted climate action for youth and to support youth led climate action initiatives.

Finally, Adam KcKay, film director of “Don’t Look Up”, shared closing remarks and reiterated that we all need to take action on this important topic to secure the sustainable future we need.

Ideas were shared around:

  1. What do students want from their education? Youth from Teach the Future and MOCK COP shared what young people are calling for around education for nature in order to prepare them for the sustainable future we need.
  2. How can universities play their part? The new Nature Positive Universities Alliance, led by the University of Oxford, called for universities to reduce the biodiversity impact of their supply chains and land use by joining the movement - 300 universities have already expressed interest in reducing their impact on nature.
  3. How can sports deliver for nature? The environmental activist and British rower, Melissa Wilson, along with the International Olympic Committee talked about the unrivalled influence of sport and the development of a major new Sport for Nature programme.
  4. How can some of the biggest youth movements in the world take action? The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) explained how their Earth Tribe platform seeks to advance education for nature by bringing all environmental badges into one space.
  5. How can we make use of popular mediums such as video games to reach people where they are? Playing for the Planet Alliance member Ubisoft showed how gaming is being rewired in support of the environment.

Moderator: Zamzam Ibrahim, VP, European Students’ Union 

Speakers:

  • Adam McKay, Academy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer - "Don't Look Up" Director
  • HE Agnes NyaLonje, Minister of Education, Malawi
  • Mamo Boru Mamo, Director General, National Environment Management Authority, Kenya
  • Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Egypt
  • Baroness Barran, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister of School System, United Kingdom
  • Anindito Aditomo, Head of Agency for Standard, Curriculum, and Education Assessment, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia
  • Sonja Leighton Kone, Acting Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
  • Melissa Wilson, Environmental Activist and British Rower, Co-Founder of Athletes of the World
  • Shreya K.C, Climate Justice Activist, MOCK COP
  • Karis Micntyre, Youth Representative, Teach the Future
  • Emily Stott, Nature Positive Universities Alliance Coordinator, University of Oxford
  • Julie Duffus, Olympic Movement Senior Sustainability Manager, International Olympic Committee
  • Grecia Bárcena, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Kek Hian Leng, Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • Olivier Dauba, VP Games To Life, Ubisoft
  • Siiri Mäkelä, Associate Expert, UNEP
  • Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy, UNEP

Organized by: UNEP - Youth, Education and Advocacy Unit; Times Higher Education. 

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Mapping Nature for the Sustainable Development Goals

Watch the recording of the event.

This side event explored how spatial insights from UN Biodiversity Lab (UNBL) can be used to support governments and other stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of nature-based solutions to support achievement of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and 2030 Agenda.

Speakers:

  • Joel Paque, Senior Director for Business Development, Impact Observatory 
  • Enrique Paniagua, Policy Expert, UNDP and Climate Adaptation Specialist, UNEP-Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica 
  • Rafael Monge, Director National Center of Geoenvironmental Information, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica 
  • Corli Pretorius, Deputy Director, UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) 
  • Grégoire Dubois, Project Leader, EC Knowledge Centre for Biodiversity; EC JRC 
  • Cornelia Miller Granados, Director of the PRIAS Laboratory at the National Center for High Technology (CeNAT) 
  • Anas Khasawneh, National Coordinator, GEF Small Grants Programme in Jordan 

Languages: English & Spanish

Organized by: Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica; and UN Development Programme (UNDP) UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC).