Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterqSubmit to LinkedIn


Other-edButton  bandeau-new-June2017 cover big April FINAL cover big March3 cover big February-2017 cover big January-final- cover big December FINAL cover big November FINAL cover big October-FINAL cover big September-16-big cover big June 2016 cover big May-FINAL cover big Aprilv7 cover big February02 cover big January2016 cover november2015 grande cover october2015 grande cover big Sept good cover-old July small cover-old June small cover-old June cover-old APRIL cover-old MARCH cover-old feb cover-old cover-old cover oct2014 bandeauhome-sept cover July2 other small coverJune cover-new-May-2014 cover-new-April-2014 cover-new-march-2014 cover feb14  cover-january-2014   
Issue 05 / May 2017 Issue 04/ April 2017 Issue 03/ March 2017 Issue 02/ February 2017 Issue 01 / January 2017 Issue 09 / November 2016 Issue 08 / October 2016 Issue 07 / September 2016 Issue 06 / July/August 2016 Issue 05 / June 2016 Issue 04 / April 2016 Issue 03 / March 2016 Issue 02 / February 2016 Issue 01 / January 2016 Issue 10 / November 2015 Issue 09 / October 2015 Issue 08 / September 2015 Issue 07 / July-August 2015 Issue 06 / June 2015 Issue 05 / May 2015 Issue 04 / April 2015 Issue 03 / March 2015 Issue 02 / February 2015 Issue 01 / January 2015 Issue 10 / November 2014 Issue 09 / October 2014 Issue 08 / September 2014 Issue 07 / July/August 2014 Issue 06 / June 2014 Issue 05 / May 2014 Issue 04 / April 2014 Issue 03 / March 2014  Issue 02 / February 2014 Issue 01 / January 2014
Europe is getting ready for the first UN Environment Assembly

On 15 May, European Ministers of Environment met in Athens, Greece at an informal Council Meeting where UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner, delivered a presentation entitled "UNEP's Role as the Leading Global Environmental Authority in Post-2015 Processes in Light of the Upcoming First UNEA".

In his address, Mr. Steiner briefed the EU ministers about the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), given the EU's long-standing support for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and its advocacy for the inclusion of environmental aspects in the Post-2015 development agenda.

In his speech, Mr. Steiner also addressed the international fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. The first session of UNEA will focus on "Illegal Trade in Wildlife". Deliberations are intended to build upon the increasing international momentum to tackle illegal trade in wildlife. It is another important step in the recognition of biodiversity as the bedrock of a global green economy and human well-being.

In May and June, other briefings were given to countries in order to inform delegations from the Pan-European region about this unprecedented assembly. On 19-20 May a preparatory meeting was held in Vienna with the participation of South Eastern European Countries.

It was attended by representatives of Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. On the second day, Austrian Development Agency joined the meeting as an observer. Country representatives were interested and curious on the first UNEA and on its mechanisms and procedural aspects and had a quite lively debate and interaction during the presentation.

On 10 and 11 June, also as part of the preparations for the first session of UNEA, UNEP’s Regional office for Europe organized two webinars. Both online meetings aimed at presenting an overview and update on the latest developments with regards to UNEA to members of delegations from the Eastern-European countries who will be attending UNEA.

 This site is best viewed in Google Chrome
Copyright © United Nations Environment Programme.
Privacy  I  Terms and Conditions