The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will gather in Nairobi, Kenya next week from 11 - 15 March 2019. This week was already busy with related events like the Science-Policy-Business Forum. Stakeholder Forum will be well represented at and involved in various meetings and events at UNEA-4.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and co-workers who have lost loved ones and colleagues on the Ethiopian Airline flight ET302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Many of the flight’s passengers, including UN staff, were coming to UNEA.            
On behalf of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future,
Ruben Zondervan (executive director)

Capacity Building for UNEA-4

If you want to learn more about how the system works, how to lobby member states and what tools you might use to engage in UNEA and the Sustainable Development Goals or just a refresher, then this is the workshop for you.
Wednesday, 13 March, 10:30 to 13:30, Green Tent, UNEP Campus Nairobi
Last UNEA’s most popular workshop is back and again run by its two seasoned stakeholder advocates: Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina and Jan Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Advisor on Governance for Stakeholder Forum. The workshop will cover the following elements:
·       A little on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)
·       NGOs, Major Groups and other Stakeholders
·       Why attend UN meetings – some case studies of successful campaigns and Multistakeholder Partnerships
·       SWOT and other tools
·       National preparation
·       Understanding the countries, bureau and secretariat
·       What to do at the UN meetings
·       Media
·       The Sustainable Development Goal Landscape and key dates for the next five years
More information
Do you want to become a trainer on UNEA, lobbying and other skills? Our second capacity building workshop (by invitation only - 30 places), will take place Thursday 14 March, Green Tent, 10:30-13:30. This is a workshop for people who will then organize a workshop in their own country in the next six months on what they have learned. It is not a workshop for those who only want to learn for themselves. We hope out of this to create a Capacity Building Network which will help engage stakeholders in helping to deliver the UNEP Medium Term Strategy and Programme of Work as well as learning more on how to lobby.

Toward a Global Pact for the Environment?

Learn more about where things stand with the proposal for a Global Pact for the Environment at a side-event at UNEA-4 in Nairobi.
Stakeholder Forum’s Associate Leida Rijnhout will be a panelist for this event. She will also facilitate the Civil Society Organisation’s engagement in the conference “Towards a Global Pact for the Environment” which will be held directly following UNEA, 18-20 March.
Friday, 15 March 2019, 13:30-14:30, Green Tent, UNEP Campus Nairobi
In cooperation with the European Environmental Bureau, World Animal Net, and the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente.

Other UNEA events with Stakeholder Forum involvement

Major Groups and Stakeholder Events. Leida Rijnhout will speak at the "Enablers of Sustainable Lifestyles" event by Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP), and the Scientific and Technological Major Group. 11 March, 12:00-13:30, Green Tent.
SDG Innovation Talks @UNEA4. Felix Dodds will speak on Sustainable development: Life cycle and historical perspectives. 12 March, 15:00 to 16:00, Faith & SDGs Tent, near the UN’s main entrance.
UNEA-4 Leadership Dialogues. Felix Dodds will chair the third dialogue on Innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological changes. 15 March 2019, 11.30-13.00. Conference Room 1

Green Tent

The Green Tent is a space self-organised by Major Groups and Stakeholders that will feature throughout the UNEA week various types of events that relate to the theme of the Assembly, including the Major Groups Morning Briefing (daily 08:00-09:00). Full schedule here.

In other news

Stakeholder Forum has become a member of SDG Watch Europe. SDG Watch Europe is a broad, cross-sectoral, civil society alliance which aims to ensure that the EU and its Member States meet all of the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, within Europe and externally.
Stakeholder Forum has contributed to Think 2030 by producing a paper on  “Advancing Sustainable Development Goals within Europe and Globally: The Role of the EU”. See also a related study on “Europe’s approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals” undertaken amongst others by our partners of the Earth System Governance Project.
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