UNEA 2

23.05.16 - 27.05.16

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The second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) will take place at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, under the overarching theme of Delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Assembly, which represents the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will culminate in resolutions and a global call to action to address the critical environmental challenges facing the world today. UNEA enjoys the universal membership of all 193 UN Member States and the full involvement of major groups and stakeholders. With this wide reach into the legislative, financial and development arenas, UNEA provides a groundbreaking platform for leadership on global environmental policy.

TEEB @ UNEA 2

 

TEEB for Agriculture and Food: making the link between
ecosystems, economies and human health

Tuesday 24 May – 13:00/14:30
Conference Room 10

 

This high-level panel session will explore the relationship between human (and ecosystem) health and agricultural systems, with particular emphasis on the impacts (both positive and negative) of agricultural production systems and trends in diet and consumption, thereby directly aligning with the UNEA-2 thematic focus on ‘Healthy Environment – Healthy People’.

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, TEEBAgriFood will be an important voice for linking agriculture and food to key development issues, such as rural poverty, food security and nutrition, gender equality, climate and energy, sustainable consumption and production, ecosystem management and, cutting across each of these, the role and significance of health.

The overarching objective of TEEBAgriFood is to identify opportunities for policy reform and more sustainable decision-making, and provide the necessary scientific evidence to enable such a transition. This panel session will be one of many means toward achieving that end, by facilitating informative discussions and building strategic partnerships that will strengthen the evidence base.

The dialogue will focus primarily on the health externalities of agriculture and food systems, particularly during production and consumption, and will thus further develop our understanding of and appreciation for the complexity and interconnectedness that characterizes today’s ‘eco-agri-food systems’. Moreover, it is expected that this dialogue will emphasize the importance of breaking down silos, working across disciplines and broadening the community of practice.

Speakers

› Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood Study Leader

› Pavan Sukhdev, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador

› Braulio F. de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

› Cristina Tirado, Food Safety Regional Adviser at WHO Europe and PAHO WHO

 

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Understanding the linkages between Food, Natural Resources and Health

Thursday 26 May – 11:45/12:30
Media Roundtable – Classroom 6

The objective of this round table is to provide information to a group of international journalists on the concept of food systems, global trends of natural resource use and environmental impacts of these systems, and linkages between food and human health. The economic impact of these trends as well as specific opportunities to move towards more resource-smart food systems will also be presented. The round table will be based on the new IRP report “Food Systems and Natural Resources” and on the TEEB AgriFood Interim report.

Speakers

Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and former EU Commissioner for Environment

› Ashok Khosla, President of Development Alternatives and former IRP Co-Chair

› Maarten Hajer, IRP member and lead author of the report “Food Systems and Natural Resources”

› Henk Westhoek, researcher at PBL Netherlands (Environmental Assessment Agency)

› Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood Study Leader and former Assistant-Director General of the FAO

 


Implementing the SDGs: Integrated Natural Resource Management
for Healthy People and Planet

Friday 27 May – 11:00/12:00
Green Room Session – Conference room 14

 

The session will explore the scientific findings on the inextricable and two-way relationship between natural resource use and human health uncovered in a series of thematic reports produced by the International Resource Panel (IRP). Rather than examining each resource (including land, water, metals and food) and the implications on human and ecosystem health in isolation, the IRP instead adopts an integrated systemic approach, accounting for the complex interactions, synergies and trade-offs between and within different resource sectors and systems. The aim is to move sustainable development implementation beyond individual policy interventions (typically directed at specific impacts, such as reducing toxic substances in the food chain) towards holistic systemic interventions which account for the trade-offs and synergies between different policies and priorities, including public health provision, food security, energy security, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental protection.

The IRP has long advocated for the need for a systems approach in implementing policies and interventions relating to the management of natural resources in the context of sustainable development. Considering that the sustainable use of natural resources is a key strategy for promoting human well-being across 12 of the 17 SDGs, and that a further 10 goals can only be achieved if consumption efficiencies for natural and finite resources are raised substantially – the imperative of incorporating natural resource management perspectives at the centre of actions to deliver on the 2030 Agenda is clear. The event offers a rare opportunity for stakeholders to engage with leading scientists from the IRP, and the space for open discussion between scientists, policy-makers and civil society on the actions and policies needed to ensure that resources are managed in ways which support holistic people-centred and planet-sensitive development.

The IRP is a global science-policy platform that provides the best available scientific knowledge on sustainable management of natural resources and decoupling economic growth from escalating resource use and environmental degradation.

Speakers

› Janez Potocnik, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel and former EU Commissioner for Environment

› Alice Kaudia, IRP Steering Committee member and Environment Secretary of Kenya

› Michael Obersteiner, IRP member and Programme Director of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

› Maarten Hajer, IRP member and lead author of the report “Food Systems and Natural Resources”

› Henk Westhoek, researcher at PBL Netherlands (Environmental Assessment Agency)

› Alexander Müller, TEEBAgriFood Study Leader and former Assistant-Director General of the FAO


 

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