The UN Environment Assembly represents the highest- level decision making body on the environment.

Meeting biennially at UNEP’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, the inaugural UNEA took place in 2014, convening over 1000 key stakeholders from 163 UN member states to discuss progress toward delivering impactful environmental policy. Ban Ki Moon, Achim Steiner, President Kenyatta and Prince Albert of Monaco were amongst those to address over 100 environment Ministers, their delegations and key NGO and civil society representatives over the five day event.

Learn more about the history and importance of UNEA:

The 2nd Session of UNEA (UNEA-2) will take place from the 23rd to the 27th of May 2016, during which delegations will address the main theme of delivering on the environmental dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals, with a special emphasis on 'Healthy Environment for Healthy People'.

These topics will be addressed over a week of intense policy discussion, workshops and bilateral meetings, during which each country will outline their achievements and progress towards different environmental goals. Outcomes will contribute towards UNEP’s policy agenda, and directly to the UN high level political forum that provides leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Various side events and symposia aim to involve the voice of the private sector in these discussions, with the Sustainable Innovation Expo acting as the focal point of private sector involvement.

Watch Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, introduce UNEA-2:

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