The second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is in Nairobi, Kenya from May 23-27. The UNEA is the biennial meeting of the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), and preceding the main assembly UNEP has organized a Science-Policy Forum for May 19-20. Consistent with the agenda of the UNEA, the focus of the forum will be on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Specifically, the presentations will focus on the scientific and other knowledge necessary for informed decision making in support of the Sustainable Development Agenda.
There is a draft agenda available that lists some more specific desired outcomes for the event:
- Better understanding of the Science-Policy Interface
- Proposed actions for strengthening the Science-Policy Interface
- Strengthened partnerships between the science community and UNEP
- Policy-relevant assessment findings provided by the science community to policymakers
- Increased focus on the importance of data for reporting against the Sustainable Development Goals
- Increased networking among scientific organisations
- Awareness raising of the science behind emerging environmental issues
- Identification of frontier issues for UNEP 2017 Frontiers Report
Save for a keynote session, the first day will have tracks covering various development-relevant sectors of science. The second day presentations are focused on identifying challenges and other items for inclusion in the Frontiers Report. Sir Peter Gluckman, Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), will give a keynote and be part of a panel including several current or former governmental officials involved in science advise and/or the environment and science and environment writer Andy Revkin.