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.
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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:
“We had a wonderful time in the Sustainable Innovation Expo. We found it very fruitful to have participated in the 25 GC/GMEF event.”
"The exhibition is a really good thing. I learnt a lot of new things that's really important for me and gained more awareness about green technology in the world."
“The Sustainable Innovation Expo was an outstanding opportunity for BSH. Traffic at the stand was very high and contacts made have already led to follow-up with significant potential for helping us achieve to promote the most environmentally efficiency products. We are pleased we were part of the exhibition and are certainly open to doing it again.”
“I am writing to thank you on behalf of Philips for your excellent support in arranging the Sustainable Innovation Expo at the UNEP conference in Nairobi. We were very satisfied with the outcome and your professionalism played a big part in this.”