This session, organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, is part of a series of webinars, co-convened by Albania, Mali, North-Macedonia, Switzerland and Uruguay with the support of UNEP, to inform stakeholders of the key findings from the UNEP Assessment Report, in preparation for discussions expected to take place at the second segment of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2).

About this Session

The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), in its resolution 4/8 adopted in 2019, recognized that science is needed to set priorities, for policymaking and to monitor progress: science-based decision-making should be promoted at all levels, and that the science-policy interface (SPI) needs to be strengthened. UNEA-4 further requested the Executive Director of UNEP to prepare an assessment of options for strengthening the science-policy interface at the international level. The assessment report reviews a variety of existing science-policy interface (SPI) platforms and examines potential impacts of and outputs from a strengthened Science-Policy Interface for chemicals and waste.

A series of webinars is co-convened by Albania, Mali, North-Macedonia, Switzerland and Uruguay with the support of UNEP to inform stakeholders of the key findings from the UNEP Assessment Report, in preparation for discussions expected to take place at the second segment of UNEA-5.2, to be held from 28 February to 2 March 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Geneva webinar is organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network.

  • 1 December 2021, 10:00-11:30 CET | Africa Region | Join on Kudo | English/French interpretation
  • 2 December 2021, 9:00-10:30 CET | Asia Region | Join on Webex | English
  • 2 December 2021, 16:00-17:30 CET  | Latin America and Caribbean Region | Join on Kudo | English/Spanish interpretation
  • 6 December 2021, 14:00-15:30 CET | Central and Eastern European | Join on Kudo | English/Russian interpretation
  • 14 December 2021, 14:00-15:30 CET  | Western European and Other States Group, jointly organized with the Geneva Environment Network (GEN) | Join on Webex | English
  • 15 December 2021, 12:00-13:30 CET | Permanent Missions in Nairobi | English

Speakers

By order of intervention. Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Sir Robert WATSON

Co-author of Assessment Report, former Chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) & former Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Monika MACDEVETTE

Head, Chemicals and Health Branch, UNEP

Carlos Martin-Novella

Carlos MARTIN-NOVELLA

Deputy Executive Secretary, Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions & former Deputy Secretary, IPCC

Monika STANKIEWICZ

Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury

Zhanyun WANG

Board Member, International Panel on Chemical Pollution & Senior Scientist, ETH Zurich

Marcos ORELLANA

UN Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights

Felix WERTLI

Head of the Global Affairs Section of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

John ROBERTS (Moderator)

Former Co-Chair of the former Best Available Technologies/ Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) Expert Group, Minamata Convention on Mercury

Registration

The event will take place online. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.

Agenda

Welcoming Remarks

Introduction of the UNEP Assessment Report & Key features

Lessons Learned from Relevant Science Policy Panels (SPPs)

The Right to Science

Introduction of the proposal for a draft UNEA-5.2 Resolution to establish a Science–Policy Panel to support action on chemicals, waste and pollution – by one of the co-proponent

Question and Answer Session

Concluding Remark

Video

In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video will be available on this webpage.

Documentation

Links