UNEP Consultations – Towards UNEA 5.2

During 3 inspiring days in September, we organized in collaboration with the European Environmental Bureau the UNEP consultations. The different major groups from the UN gathered during the UNEP consultations to discuss matters relating to UNEA 5.2. The objective of the consultation was to advance the development of strategies around specific initiatives such as resolutions, declarations, decisions tabled for UNEA 5.2, and to further develop core messages and positions. 

On the second day of these consultations thematic clusters got together to work on those topics. Examples of these clusters are: The UNEP we want, a treaty to combat plastic pollution, Nature for climate, and our own thematic cluster organized by Sascha Gabizon,  Yuyun Ismawati and Carmen Capriles on Chemicals, Waste and Mercury. The UNEP consultations offered the space to the different thematic clusters to agree upon what is important and should be highlighted in relation to the upcoming UNEA 5.2.  

Six clear statements were drawn from these thematic clusters:  

  • A call for a new international treaty to combat pollution 
  • A call to strengthen environmental governance and law 
  • A call to UNEA 5.2 to guide stronger global chemical management 
  • A call to fix broken food systems 
  • A call to restore the relationship between nature and health 
  • A call to live up to the legacy of Stockholm 1972 

These statements were supported by the different major groups that were available during these consultations. Therefore, we can agree that the UNEP consultations were a great success, and that giving the space to these different organizations has been fruitful and of great importance.  We facilitated the event, along with the EEB and with the Women’s Major Group (Carmen Capriles) we co-facilitated the thematic cluster groups on Chemicals and Waste, and on Nature and Climate

Here you can find the results of the consultation with civil society Major Groups which we organised for UNEP.

These reports capture the MGS’ contribution to UNEP’s Programme of Work, UNEA 5.2, UNEP@50, and Stockholm+50.