UNEA-4 Leadership Dialogues

Thursday, 14 March 16:00-17:30

Environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss

(Conference Room 1)

The Dialogue focuses on how food systems are putting increasing pressure on our environment and are failing to provide for the food for the world’s vulnerable people, both in terms of agricultural yield and nutritional quality. In this way, maximizing agricultural productivity and shifting to sustainable food systems is critical to eradicating poverty, creating income opportunities, enhancing inclusive socio-economic growth and reducing vulnerabilities across the globe. To achieve this, there is a need to invest in resilient, climate-smart agriculture, as well as secure sustainable value chains. To this end, individual actions can go a long way to achieve sustainable food-systems.

Friday, 15 March 10.00 - 11.30

Life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management

(Conference Room 1)

This moderated high-level dialogue will be guided by the concerns and interests of Ministers of the Environment. The dialogue will focus on life-cycle approaches and strategies as essential tools to decoupling economic activity and human well-being from resource use and negative environmental impacts. Life-cycle approaches are essential tools to inform innovation to improve resource efficiency; promote sustainable consumption and production; and encourage the efficient management of energy, chemicals and waste. For many years, industry players have successfully used such approaches to identify and address ‘hotspots’ in their value chains. This has allowed them to ramp up production without necessarily using more resources or increasing their impact on the environment. Life-cycle approaches can also help to identify those sectors that are responsible for bigger shares of an economy’s environmental footprint. The systemic information provided by life-cycle approaches allows decision-makers to understand trade-offs between social, environmental and economic impacts, thus accelerating the progress towards more sustainable consumption and production patterns and advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The dialogue will last 90 minutes and will be organized as a high-level, interactive and moderated session. The meetings will be open to representatives of Member States and to representatives of Specialized Agencies, United Nations bodies, other intergovernmental organizations, special guests and observers of international non-governmental organizations. The dialogues will be broadcasted.

Friday, 15 March 11.30 - 13.00

Innovative business development at a time of rapid technological change

(Conference Room 1)

This moderated High-level Dialogue will be guided by the concerns and interests of Ministers of the Environment. The Dialogue will focus on Innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change. Rapid technological change, if managed properly, can help unlock a vast set of opportunities to widen prosperity and generate long-term sustainable value from innovative solutions that encourage natural systems to flourish and entrepreneurship to grow. Innovative sustainable business represents an opportunity for companies that can bring value to people and the environment. Since our consumption and production patterns must change so radically, companies can seize the opportunity to drive change by embracing emerging innovative technologies that, for example, support standardization, sustainable production, and transparency across the value chain. Technological change includes new and powerful tools that can help to realize the vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report of the Secretary General on harnessing new technologies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals points out however to the potential of these technologies to advance human well-being, but also to generate more inequality and more violence with significant implications for the protection of human rights. The Dialogue will last 90 minutes and will be organized as a high-level, interactive and moderated session. The meetings will be open to representatives of Member States and to representatives of Specialized Agencies, United Nations bodies, other intergovernmental organizations, special guests.


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