United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA)

1st UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), 24 June 2014, Nairobi, Kenya (Photo source: IISD)

The United nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) is a result of the call made by leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil June 2012, to strengthen and upgrade the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environment agenda and to establish universal membership in its Governing Council.

The first UNEA was held in 23-27 June 2014 in Naitobi Kenya, and was attended by over 1,065 participants, including 163 Member States and 113 Ministers. During the assembly, calls for international action on major environmental issue were made, including combating illegal wildlife trade, plastic debris in the oceans, chemicals, waste and air pollution.
Focal Office:
DENR Central Office
First Assembly 2327 June 2014
Focal Persons:
National Focal Point
      Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs
      Department of Environment and Natural Resources
      Tel. No. - (632) 928 1186
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As part of UNEA, the Philippines contributes to the review of the draft UNEP Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) dor 2018-2021 for approval in May 2016 during the second UNEA (UNEA-2). The MTS will act as a guide for UNEP to support governments in dealing with environmental issues. This includes outcome maps, which enables UNEP to identify milestones for 2030 goals.
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