Regional consultation for civil society to prepare for next year’s environmental events, the UNEA and the UNEP@50 events, will be on December 14th 2021. Themes are ecosystems, plastic pollution, food systems, environmental governance etc. Western Balkan breakout group will develop a few key recommendations from sub-regional perspectives.
To mention that International Consultation for Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) in preparation of UNEA 5.2 was already held on 7-9 September 2021, as the MGS’ contribution to UNEP’s Programme of Work, UNEA 5.2, UNEP@50, and Stockholm+50.
Key points include call for a new international (global) treaty to combat plastic pollution, call to strengthen environmental governance and law, to guide stronger global chemical management (to phase out highly hazardous pesticides and end their production by 2030, to strengthen independent science on chemical and waste pollution, etc), call to fix broken food systems ( with corporate responsibility and accountability in food systems), call to restore the relationship between nature and health, call on member states to build on the Stockholm 1972 (United Nations Conference on the Human Environment) legacy (made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time. it was the first time when civil society was allowed to address the plenary at an international high-level meeting!).
Regional capacity building webinar for stakeholders titled ‘How to Engage with UNEP and UNEA’ conducted by Stakeholder Forum, for Europe as UNEP region, will be on November 23, 2021.
United Nations General Assembly /UNEA 5.2, the resumed session of UNEA-5 will be organized from 28 February to 2 March 2022; Special Session of the Assembly on 3 – 4 March 2022, will be devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 – UNEP@50.
On October 20, 2021, Stockholm+49 Summit – Make 2022 a Game-Changer , was held. Program Highlights included Science of Urgency, The Role of Law in the Anthropocene, Tools to Enforce International Environmental Law, as well as Regulation Economy/Building for a Better Economy.
Stockholhm+50 meeting, convened by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya, will be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment.
EASD as organization accredited in UNEP, participated and contributed in above meetings.