The United Nations Environmental Assembly is the highest level global decision making body on issues related to environment held every two year since 2013. It is aimed to elevate the effectiveness of Governing Council of United Nations Environment Programme as one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Process in 2012 to strengthen the contributions of the environment community in the global efforts on sustainability.
Building on ICLEI´s close collaboration with UN Environment and relevant agenda on environment, ICLEI has been participating at UN Environment´s Governing Council meetings since early 2000s and at UNEAs since its inception.
At the 4th Session of UNEA to be held in Nairobi on 11-15 March, national governments will negotiate a set of resolutions aiming at building sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies that address key environmental challenges with innovative solutions and rely on responsible patterns of consumption and production.
UNEA4 will have a specific focus on sustainable consumption and production through the motto of #SolveDifferent through various high level events
As part of its engagement at UNEA4, ICLEI represented Local Authorities Major Group at the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates constituency interventions at UNEA4 negotiations agenda.
ICLEI will host a side event on operationalizing circular development in sub-Saharan Africa on 12 March. This event will bring cities, waste pickers, NGOs and international organisations together to discuss how the circular development approach can be tailored to regional singularities and best benefit local communities and ecosystems.
As one of the highlights of UNEA4, ICLEI will collaborate with UN Environment, UN Habitat, Global Task Force, UCLG, Cities Alliance to convene the first UNEA Cities Summit on 13 March. During this event, ICLEI will host a session on integrated planning and policies for circular transitions. Convening cities, national government representatives and business, this interactive session will explore how circular urban systems that achieve both social and ecological benefits can be promoted through nature-based solutions, public procurement and technologies.
Throughout UNEA4, ICLEI will highlight its vision, networks, and activities within ICLEI Montreal Strategy 2018-2021 in particular with a focus on Circular Development as one of its 5 Pathways to Sustainability, including Green Circular Cities Coalition, CityFood Network, Global Lead City Network on Sustainable Public Procurement and its contributions as the co-lead of One Planet Network Sustainable Public Procurement 10 Year Framework Programme between 2014-2018, amongst others.
ICLEI delegation to UNEA4 include Mayors of Katowice, Oslo, Kigali, Recife, Niteroi, high level officials from Tokyo, Beijing, Turku, Tshwane, as well as senior staff from World Secretariat and East Asia Secretariat.