The world’s environment ministers are gathering virtually on 22 and 23 February to discuss green recovery and decide on priorities ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly. Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund is participating in the meeting.
The theme of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. Due to the pandemic, UNEA-5 has been divided across two sessions, of which this is the first and the second will take place in February/March 2022.
During the assembly, environment ministers from UN Member States will participate in a leadership dialogue focusing on the environmental dimension of the post-pandemic recovery.
“The road to recovery after the pandemic will be long, but it also provides an opportunity to create a more sustainable society. It is important that we now talk about green recovery at global level. I also hope to continue these discussions during the Stockholm+50 environmental conference next year,” says Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund.
The world’s environment ministers normally gather biennially in Nairobi to decide on global environmental measures during the UN Environment Assembly, the highest-level decision-making body under the United Nations Environment Programme. Because the assembly is taking place virtually this time, there will be no negotiations on further measures in the environmental area. However, the assembly will decide which areas the UN Environment Programme should work within over the coming years, through the adoption of a new medium-term strategy. The discussions will resume during the second – in-person – session of the assembly, which will take place in February/March 2022 in Nairobi.