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IPIECA attends 2nd United Nations Environmental Assembly


IPIECA attended the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which took place at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016. Over 2,000 attendees representing 170 nations participated to discuss the latest global, regional and national developments related to the environment. UNEA-2 provided the first global platform for reviewing progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly their environmental dimensions, and it culminated in resolutions and a global call to action to address the critical environmental challenges facing the world today.

During the meeting, UNEA delegates accepted the resolutions on the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy for 2018-2021, which describes how UNEP will address key environmental challenges using a results-based approach that is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The resolutions on UNEP’s Programme of Work for 2018-2019, were also accepted, outlining seven sub-programmes with associated strategies, expected accomplishments, key outputs, budgets and targets.

The UN-SDGs were central to discussions during the week, other ‘hot’ topics were: oceans and the ‘blue economy’, micro-plastics, air quality, ‘healthy planet – healthy people’ and the illegal trade of wildlife. Understanding the effective management of the environment alongside oil and gas operations is important for the future of the industry and hence understanding and following UNEA negotiations is key.

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