UNEA - Second United Nations Environment Assembly:: Side Events
Side Events


The call for side event proposals received 118 submissions. The final 26 have now been selected, and the title and lead proposers of the side events can be found listed below; additional information will be uploaded as it becomes available. Please be assured that every effort was made to ensure a balanced regional, divisional and thematic representation.


For many of the final 26 side events chosen mergers with other side event proposals have, or will, be suggested. This is to ensure that the greatest number of side events are able to be represented, and to strengthen the side events currently listed by increasing their high-level participants and experts. In addition to mergers, many of the side events that were submitted have been included under the Sustainability Innovation Expo, the Green Room or the International Day of Biodiversity ( 22 May).


The Sustainability Innovation Expo will include nine moderated, interactive and dynamic panel discussions from 23-25 May 2016.


Green Room side events take place in a dedicated meeting room (“ the Greenroom”), primarily for civil society, with a view to sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for informal dialogue among the participants of UNEA-2. Slots for Green Room side events are  23-26 May, all day starting at 10am, in parallel to UNEA sessions.


The International Day of Biodiversity will be held on the 22nd May and those side-event submissions with a strong biodiversity angle will be held then.


Weekly updates on the side events and potential partnerships and evolving agendas will be made available on this page.


UNEA Sustainable Innovation Expo

Partnerships for addressing environmental challenges faced by small island developing states (SIDS) in implementation of the Samoa Pathway and the 2030 Agenda
Organizer: UN-DESA, UNEP
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Monitoring and combating sand and dust storms for healthy planet & healthy people
Organizer: Partner countries and UNEP
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Advancing sustainable chemistry in a sustainable development context: Opportunities for global, regional and national chemicals
Organizer: Government of Germany, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, UNEP DTIE, Chemicals Branch
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Coral reefs in the 2030 development agenda: safeguarding the health and resilience of half a billion reef dependent people
Organizer: Indonesia and UNEP
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Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development
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Delivering on the sound chemicals dimension of combating climate change – opportunities and conflicts for people and environment
Organizer: Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy and the United States of America
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Extractive resources, peace and sustainable development: natural resource management and mediation in conflict-affected areas
Organizer: Permanent mission of Canada to UNEP
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Gaborone declaration for sustainability in Africa
Organizer: Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, WRI
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Global water challenges: pathways towards achieving the Agenda 2030
Organizer: UNEP DEWA/DEPI, Germany, Ireland, Brazil
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Halving food waste and reducing food losses by 2030
Organizer: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Directorate-General for Agriculture & Nature, The Netherlands
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Healthy ecosystem for disaster risk reduction: The Sendai framework for disaster risk reduction and the role of ecosystems for disaster resilience.
Organizer: UNISDR, UN Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R) and partners
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Healthy mountains, healthy planet: A Hindu kush himalaya partnership for sustainable mountain development
Organizer: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) together with Environment Ministries in the region
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Gender and environment
Organizer: UNEP Gender and Social safeguards Unit and Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment
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Illegal trade in wildlife: High-level ministerial dialogue
Organizer: UNEP Regional Office for Africa and UNDP
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SCP and 10 FYP
Organizer: European Commission and Netherlands
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Joint action for transforming our world: Special Event on “The mutually supportive role and benefits of MEAs and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
Organizer: UNEP – DELC
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Marine litter and microplastics
Organizer: Norway, Indonesia, Chile (TBC), GRID-Arendal, Global Partnership on Marine Litter
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Moving towards sustainable pastoralism and responsible consumption of livestock products
Organizer: UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, IUCN, ILRI, FAO, IFAD, Mongolia, Jordan, Spain, Sudan, South Sudan China, Iran, Turkey
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Implementing the SDGs: The Integrated Approach
Organizer: US Environment Protection Agency Government of Kenya International POPs Elimination Network UNEP DTIE
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Planetary health- integrating environmental sustainability and health in the anthropocene era
Organizer: African Population and Health Research Centre, London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine, Planetary Health Alliance, Rockefeller Foundation, The Lancet
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Public participation in implementation of 2030 Agenda: Principle 10 and the 2030 Agenda for SD
Organizer: Chile, UNEP
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SDG event: Regional Visions for Implementing 2030 Agenda and SDGs
Organizer: League of Arab States, U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, UNEP Regional Office for North America (RONA), UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP)
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Right to live in a healthy environment: Examining the human rights, development and environment nexus through health and climate change
Organizer: United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
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TEEB for agriculture and food- making the link between ecosystem, economies and human health
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The Blue Card System Experience - Prevention of yacht-sourced illegal discharges and collection of waste.
Organizer: Government of Turkey
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The global alliance for buildings and construction helps realize the SDGs
Organizer: France: Ministry of ecology, sustainable development and energy and UNEP/DTIE
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The impact of childhood exposure to toxic chemicals on children’s rights
Organizer: UN Special Rapporteur on toxics, co-sponsored by OHCHR and UNICEF
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Delivering on the SDGs through clean cooking
Organizer: Global Alliance for Clean cook stoves
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Youth and Environment Outlook
Organizer: Youth Major Group UNEP
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