The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) was scheduled to take place during the last week of February 2021, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017. By the text, the Assembly decided that going forward, UNEA will convene during the last week in February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA.
Due to the global pandemic, the first part of UNEA 5 (UNEA 5.1) will take place virtually from 22-23 February 2021. A second part (UNEA 5.2) is expected to take place as an in-person event in February 2022.
The overall theme of UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. The theme calls for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and the nature-based solutions to achieve the SDGs in its three complementary dimensions (social, economic and environmental).
Agenda items include:
- International environmental policy and governance issues
- Programme of work and budget and other administrative and budgetary issues
- Contributions to the meetings of the high-level political forum on sustainable development and implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
- Commemoration of the creation of UNEP by the UN Conference on the Human Environment
The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of UNEA-3 is here.
dates: 22-23 February 2021