UNEA-6 side event: Catalyzing Environmental Impact and Visibility through Digital Transformation: MEAs Embracing Knowledge-Driven Capacity-Building

Other UNEP - Helipad, MEAs events Tent, Tent B Nairobi 29 - 29 Feb 2024

Join us from 11h30 to 13h15 at the MEAs events Tent  B – Stage 1, to delve into the transformative potential of technology in the realm of MEAs and discover how it can empower us to effectively share and leverage project knowledge. Light refreshments will be served at this event organized by the Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury in partnership with the United Nations Information Portal on Multilateral Environmental Agreements (InforMEA), the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

UNEA-6 side event

Programmes and projects play a vital role in implementing Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) at the national level, offering valuable capacity-building and technical assistance to developing countries.

As the allocation of funds grows through various financial mechanisms and the utilization of these funds covers broader scopes, the need for a robust knowledge management system becomes crucial.

Such a system not only enables tracking the progress of projects but also facilitates understanding their positive impacts and identifying successful practices that can be replicated in different contexts. By integrating data and ensuring transparency of results, effective knowledge management brings clarity to the forefront and a clear contribution to more efficiently addressing the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution, and therefore the 2023 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In this side event at UNEA-6, we will explore current and future avenues where technology can enhance collaboration, foster growth, and facilitate improved communication about on-the-ground developments.

Light refreshments will be served at the event, which will take place from 11h30 to 13h15 at the MEAs events Tent  B – Stage 1. This session will delve into the transformative potential of technology in the realm of MEAs and help discover how it can empower us to effectively share and leverage project knowledge.

UNEA-6 side event

panelists

Programme

 

Opening remarks 

  • Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention Secretariat
  • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS)

 

MEA case studies 

  • Eva Duer, Legal Officer and Head of Unit, Law Division, UNEP [online]
    • InforMEA general introduction & negotiators section
  • Benedict Omare, Information Management Officer, IPBES Secretariat
    • System documentation and shared repositories including API and maps
  • Anna García Sans, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, Minamata Convention Secretariat
    • GEF and SIP Projects Interoperability and Dashboards for Enhanced Environmental Impact under the Minamata Convention
  • Claire Morel, Information Systems Officer, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat [online]
    • The plastics projects database
  • Sofie Hermann Flensborg, Chief, Governing Bodies Unit, CITES Secretariat
    • Country profiles – capacity-building for compliance

Q&A

 

Closing remarks 

  • Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Director, Law Division, UNEP


Event moderated by: 

  • Nicholas Greenfield, GEF communication coordinator, UNEP
     
Time and place
Takes place in
UNEP - Helipad, MEAs events Tent, Tent B Nairobi
Starts on 29 Feb 2024 11:30 AM EAT
Ends on 29 Feb 2024 1:15 PM EAT
2024-02-29T11:30:13 - 2024-02-29T13:15:13
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