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UNEA-6 and OECPR-6

19 February – 1 March 2024 | Nairobi, Kenya

UN Environment Assembly – UNEA

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As the world’s highest environmental decision-making body, the sixth UN Environment Assembly will bring representatives from 193 Member States to Nairobi to consider proposals for “Effective, inclusive and sustainable multilateral actions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.” 

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The global environment is facing a host of threats, many caused by human actions. From climate change, biodiversity loss and land degradation to plastic pollution and deteriorating air quality standards, the Earth ecosystems are facing unprecedented challenges. Policymakers and global citizens have long agreed that there is a need for concerted action to reverse these trends that threaten life on Earth.

The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), with representatives from 193 Member States is the world’s highest environmental decision-making body. UNEA first met in 2014 and convenes every two years to address the challenges facing the planet, holistically considering the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

At its sixth meeting, UNEA will meet under the theme, “Effective, inclusive and sustainable multilateral actions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.” UNEA-6 will be presided over by Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Morocco.

Delegates are expected to consider, among other matters, international environmental policy and governance proposals related to the theme of this year’s Assembly. These proposals will first be considered by the sixth meeting of the Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-6), which will convene the week before UNEA-6.

Delegates attending UNEA-6 are also expected to hold discussions on:

  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP) programme of work and budget;
  • Stakeholder engagement;
  • Contributions to the meetings of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and implementation of the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and
  • Cooperation with multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs).

UNEA-6 will also hear progress reports on the implementation of previous decisions, including on the work towards an international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. Delegates will also hear progress reports related to, among other issues:

  • sustainable nitrogen management;
  • the animal welfare–environment–sustainable development nexus;
  • the sound management of chemicals and waste;
  • sustainable and resilient infrastructure;
  • enhancing circular economy as a contribution to achieving sustainable consumption and production; and
  • environmental aspects of minerals and metals management.

A high-level segment will also convene, along with three leadership dialogues, on the themes “Super-highway or still in slow-motion: Is science, data and digitalization really speeding our transition to a sustainable future?” “Show me the money: Can the global financial system really tackle climate change, nature loss and pollution?” and “Alive and kicking: Environmental multilateralism is a beacon of hope but is it delivering fast enough?”

A multi-stakeholder dialogue will be convened with a focus on “Inclusive multilateralism fit for timely and at scale delivery on climate, biodiversity loss and pollution: the central role of Major Groups and Stakeholders.”

UNEA-6 convenes at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, from 26 February – 1 March 2026. It will be preceded by OECPR-6, which will be held at the same venue from 19-23 February 2024. Special events and side events will also be held on the margins of the meetings.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin writers for this meeting are Tallash Kantai; Anna Dubrova; Nadia Sohier Zaman; and Zahid Hamdard. The Digital Editor is Mike Muzurakis. The Editor is Pamela Chasek, Ph.D.

View past and future events

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1st Meeting of the UNEP Open-ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-1)

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UNEA-1

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2nd Meeting of the UNEP OECPR

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UNEA-2

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UNEA-3

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1st Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics

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Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6)

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4th Meeting of the OECPR and 4th Session of UNEA

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2nd Global Session UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment

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4th Meeting of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics (AHEG-4)

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Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF)

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Youth Environment Assembly (YEA)

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5th Meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives to UNEP (Online Session)

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UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment (2021)

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UNEA-5 (Online Session)

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Inaugural Regional Session of the UNEP Science-Policy-Business Forum for Asia and the Pacific (AP-SPBF 2021)

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Online Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF)

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Youth Environment Assembly 2022

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UNEA-5.2, OECPR-5.2 and UNEP@50

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2nd UNEA Cities and Regions Summit

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UNEA Flagship Side Events

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Big Data for the Planet Breakfast and Ministerial Dialogue: The Next 50 Years

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OEWG1: Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution

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OEWG1-2: Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution

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2nd Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on a Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution

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UNEA-6 and OECPR-6

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Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) at UNEA-6

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UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment Special Sessions at UNEA-6

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