4th Session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly

  • innovation

The UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, is scheduled to take place 11-15 March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The 2019 UN Environment Assembly will contribute towards a holistic, inclusive, and participatory approach to development that is underpinned by human rights and recognizes the interlinkages and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development.

Under the overall theme “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”, the 2019 UN Environment Assembly will address the following three focus areas:

  1. environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss;
  2. life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management
  3. innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

To know more, we invite you to read the background report of the Executive Director which addresses these three focus areas from the lens of innovation. The solutions described in the Report include creative approaches – in fields as diverse as policy, financing, partnerships, education and the use of data – that improve sustainability and promote better understanding of environmental issues. In this sense, “innovation” is meant in the broadest sense of the word – not limited to technology, but rather a mind-set or an enabling culture accessible to all countries and organizations alike, which includes also streamlining and simplifying processes and removing barriers to act as an enabler of innovation — “doing different things and doing things differently”.

For more information, please consult the event website and the official programme.


United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

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