The Road To UNEA

Staff Update, 29 April 2016

Who's Coming?

Diann Black Layne, Minister of Health and the Environment, Antigua and Barbuda; Irwin LaRocque, Secretary General, Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM); Adalah Ateereh, Chairperson of Environment Quality Authority, Palestine; Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); Oyuun Sanjaasürengiin, President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA); H.E. Mr. Anote Tong, Former President of the Republic of Kiribati; Alison Tate, Director of Economic and Social Policy International Trade Union Confederation; Biteye Mamadou, Managing Director, Rock Feller Foundation, Africa; Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS); Do Nam Thang, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam; Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations; Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).

Over 85 Ministers have already confirmed their attendance.

UNEA News Coverage and Featured Stories

As governments and civil society around the world gear up for the UN Environment Assembly, global media and UNEP report on key UNEA themes.

UNEA Stories of Change

Stories that shine a light on how healthy ecosystems have the power to transform the planet and its people, the overarching theme at this year’s United Nations Environment Assembly.

For more UNEA stories, visit

Voices of UNEA

Ministers' voices

Government Representatives explain why UNEA is important

Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of the Environment, Egypt, talks about UNEA.

Flore Joséphine Mistoul Yame, Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Forest and Seas, Gabon, talks about UNEA.

Bomo Edna Molewa, Minister of the Environmental Affairs, South Africa, talks about UNEA.

Voices from UNEP

Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of the Secretariat of Governing Bodies, speaks about a holistic approach and how the health of the environment and the people are interconnected. These issues and many more will be addressed at the upcoming UNEA.


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The Symposium on Mobilizing Resources for Sustainable Investments

The symposium will show that the financial system (both globally and nationally) is at an exciting nexus for playing an active role in sustainable development and in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It focuses on the efforts made so far in aligning the financial system towards sustainable development and showcases initiatives by financial institutions across Pan-Africa to demonstrate the huge potential to work with the finance industry in mobilising private financing for the SDGs

Taking place on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

The Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum

The Forum will facilitate the preparations of Major Groups and Stakeholders towards the Second United Nations Environment Assembly, allowing them to discuss the main UNEA themes in a multi-stakeholder setting and to prepare their input to UNEA 2. It aims at initiating a climate that fosters multi-stakeholder partnerships and cooperation, that will also include policymakers, learning from each other, developing partnerships and creating their input into UNEA-2.

Taking place on 21-22 of May 2016.

Which side events are planned for UNEA-2 ?

Coffee with UNEA Series

Attend our information sessions to learn more about UNEA and its preparations!

Did you miss our first session?

UNEA 101: Our Window to the World

Join us for the next UNEA information session:

Science and UNEA

On Thursday, 5 May 2016, from 1pm - 2pm,

DEWA Meeting Room (NOF Block 3, Ground Floor, South)

This is your unea. ENGAGE!


Join us on social media!

Participate! Like, share, click, retweet or comment on our posts!

Find all the materials you need to engage with your followers on social media in the UNEA Corner of the intranet.


Ask your UNEA related questions using the hashtag #AskUNEA on Twitter

The questions received will be regularly answered on UNEP's social media feeds.

Over 100 staff have already been trained in social media reporting for UNEA. Find out how you can participate!

Contact Bruna Lecossois ( or David Cole ( to organize a session for your office.

Have You Taken the UNEA Quiz?

Test your knowledge every Friday on the Intranet
We want to hear from you! Tell us how UNEA relates to your work.

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