The theme Innovative solutions, covering policies, financing, technologies, partnerships and multistakeholder processes – are key both to solving many environmental challenges, as well as to accelerating sustainable development more generally. This recognition of the need of transformative change to support Agenda 2030, already highlighted in at the 2nd and 3rd sessions of the UN Environment Assembly, directly underpins the choice of the overarching theme for the fourth session of the Environment Assembly by Member States in Nairobi in March 2019.
The proposed note is elaborated with the view to:
Establishing clear conceptual boundaries that will help the Secretariat organize key components of the Assembly, such as the leadership dialogues; and
Supporting discussions among Member States and key stakeholders toward a set of pragmatic conclusions and outcomes. The aim is to deliver a focused Assembly that explores how to meet environmental challenges and shift more widely and at scale to sustainable consumption and production through innovation and broad partnerships.
The Secretariat looks forward to receiving any comments in writing before 20 May 2018 to unep.sg[a]unep.org, copied to Ms. Brennan Van Dyke (brennan.vandyke[a]un.org) and Mr. Dirk Wagener (dirk.wagener[a]un.org).