Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 June 2014

Historic First Session of UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) Opens in Nairobi Monday


Historic First Session of UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) Opens in Nairobi Monday


NAIROBI, Kenya, June 22, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Over 1300 High Level Participants, Ministers, Chief Justices, Economists and Civil Society Leaders from Around the World

Daily Press Events, Launches and Symposia

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) – the highest-level UN body ever convened on the environment – gets into gear on Monday with a busy week of plenary sessions, press conferences and media roundtables.

UNEA’s opening session will be an historic high-level event with the participation of numerous Ministers of Environment and Development. Hundreds of high-level government representatives and leaders from business, industry and civil society are also expected to attend.

UNEA enjoys universal membership of all 193 UN member states as well as other stakeholder groups. Major issues on its agenda include the illegal trade in wildlife; environmental rule of law; financing the Green Economy; and the Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, including sustainable consumption and production.

The first UNEA session is expected to deliver a series of outcomes that would spell out concrete actions to address the key environmental challenges discussed at UNEA.

(Watch the opening session, high-level segments and press conferences streamed live at


Press events continue throughout the week with report launches, partnership announcements and high-level speakers (see a full list of press events below). Media roundtables will also take place each day.

Monday, 23 June

10:00 – 13:00 Opening Session (Conference Rooms 2, 3, 4)

13:00 – 13:45 Opening Press Conference and Launch of UNEP Year Book

Tuesday, 24 June

13:00 – 13:45 Launch of UNEP South-South Trade and Green Economy Report

13:45 – 14:30 Launch of the UN Conference on Trade and Development World Investment Report

Wednesday, 25 June

13:00 – 13:45 Launch of the Rapid Response Assessment on Wildlife Trade

14:00 – 14:20 Signing of European Union-UNEP Memorandum of Understanding

Thursday, 26 June

08:30 – 08:45 UNDP/PAGE Partnership Agreement

09:00 – 09:45 Announcement of Regional Initiative on Illegal Timber Trade

13:00 – 13:45 Press Conference on Oceans and 40th Anniversary of UNEP Regional Seas Programme

13:45 – 14:30 Announcement of the 7th Cycle of the Zayed International Prize for the Environment

Friday, 27 June

13:00 – 13:45 Closing Press Conference

14:30 – 15:15 Group of 77 and China Press Conference

TBC Closing Session of UNEA (Conference Rooms 2,3,4)



United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


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