Nairobi

Minamata Convention at UNEA-6

UNEP headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya, 26 Feb 2024 - 01 Mar 2024

 

    Meeting Information

    The sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) will take place from 26 February to 1 March, 2024 at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.

    As the world’s highest decision-making body on the environment, UNEA will focus in this session on how multilateralism can help tackle the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste. Backed by strong science, political resolve and engagement with society, the Assembly will be an opportunity for world governments, civil society groups, the scientific community and the private sector to shape the global environmental policy.

    The overall theme of UNEA-6 is effective, inclusive and sustainable multilateral actions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

    Ahead of UNEA-6, Executive Secretary Monika Stankiewicz stated: "I welcome this unique opportunity at UNEA-6 to engage closely with delegates, stakeholders, and the broader Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) community. Throughout this pivotal week, the Assembly will provide a major platform for the exchange of insights and approaches to effectively combat pollution, mitigate climate change and safeguard biodiversity".

    This page highlights the Minamata Convention Secretariat's activities at UNEA-6 and the Assembly processes relevant to the Convention.

    Events
    Introduction
    MEA side events

    To complement the Supplementary agenda item entitled “Cooperation with Multilateral Environmental Agreements” known as the MEA day to be held on 28 February, a 3-day programme of MEA side events will be held from 28 February to 1 March 2024. These programme and events are led by the MEAs themselves and open to all UNEA-6 participants.

    See here the list of all MEA side events

    MEA exhibitions

    MEAs exhibitions will be organized during the full week of UNEA-6, to showcase cooperation between UNEP and MEAs, the other UN entities and MEAs as well as among the MEAs on cross-cutting topics of interest which are relevant to the theme of UNEA-6.
    All UNEA participants are invited to visit the MEAs Exhibition, which will be providing space for networking and knowledge sharing.

    List of exhibitions related to MEAs (PDF)

    Note: The list of side events and exhibitions might still change.

    29 February - 10h00-11h30: Better addressing the triple planetary crisis through the cooperation between the MEAs implementation and compliance committees
    • Up-to-date information here
    • Where: Helipad Tent B
    • Topic: Cooperation between MEAs implementation and compliance committees to better address the triple planetary crises
    • Lead organizer: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions Secretariat
    • Partners: Secretariats of Minamata Convention, UNFCCC, CMS, Montreal Protocol, CBD, IMO London Protocol
    • Speakers: 
      • Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
      • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention on Mercury
      • Ivonne Higuero, Secretary General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
      • Kunihiko Shimada, Chair of the facilitative branch of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee
      • Christina Voigt, Co-Chair of the Paris Agreement Implementation and Compliance Committee
      • Jimena Nieto (Colombia), Professor of International Law, Member and Vice-Chair of the Compliance Committee under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety
      • Paulina Riquelme (Chile), Former Chair of the Implementation and Compliance Committee of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
      • Jason Dunn (Australia), Chair of the Implementation and Compliance Committee of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
      • Osvaldo Perez (Chile), President of the sixth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Minamata Convention, Chair of the Implementation Committee of the Montreal Protocol, Chair of the Compliance Committee of the Rotterdam Convention
    29 February - 10h00-11h30: Effective multilateral actions for responsible mining
    • Up-to-date information here
    • Where: Helipad Tent C
    • Topic: Discuss the enabling conditions for responsible mining and the sustainable use of mineral resources, ASGM and Indigenous Peoples
    • Lead organizer: Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions Secretariat
    • Speakers: 
      • Janez Potocnik, Co-chair, International Resource Panel (IRP)
      • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (BRS)
      • H.E. Katrin Schneeberger, State Secretary and Director, State Secretary and Director of the Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland
      • Adam Matthews, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, The Church of England Pensions Board (Principles for Responsible Investment)
      • Selwin Hart, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Action and Just Transition
      • Rodrigo Urquiza, Chief of International Affairs, Ministry of Mining, Chile
      • Manoela Pessoa De Miranda, Programme Management Officer, Minamata Convention
      • Elizabeth Wanjiru Mwangi, Children and Youth Major Group
      • Assane Diop, Head of the Pollution and Nuisance Control Division, Ministry of Environment Senegal
      • Haoliang Xu, Associate Administrator, UNDP
    29 February - 11h30-13h15: Catalyzing Environmental Impact and Visibility through Digital Transformation: MEAs Embracing Knowledge-Driven Capacity-Building

    Event page for more information

    • Where: Helipad Tent  B
    • Topic: Knowledge management to support capacity-building
    • Lead organizer: Minamata Convention on Mercury Secretariat
    • Partners: InforMEA, BRS, CITES, IPBES
    • Speakers: 
      • Ivonne Higuero, Secretary-General, CITES
      • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention
      • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions
      • Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Director, Law Division, UNEP
      • Eva Duer, Legal Officer and Head of Unit, Law Division, UNEP
      • Anna García Sans, Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, Minamata Convention
      • Benedict Omare, Information Management Officer, IPBES
      • Claire Morel, Information Systems Officer, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
      • Sofie Hermann Flensborg, Chief, Governing Bodies Unit, CITES
      • Nicholas Greenfield, GEF communication coordinator, UNEP
    29 February - 13h15-15h00: Effective multilateral actions to protect people and nature from pollution – building on synergies between the chemicals, waste and biodiversity agendas
    • Up-to-date information here
    • Where: Helipad Tent A
    • Topic: Strengthen collaboration and coordination between biodiversity and chemicals and waste clusters.
    • Lead organizer: UN Environment Programme and BRS Conventions Secretariat
    • Partners: Nordic Countries, Secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Minamata Convention
    • Speakers: 
      • H.e. Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway
      • Elizabeth Mrema, Assistant Secretary - General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
      • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary of the Minamata Convention
      • H.E. Romina Pourmokhtari, Minister for Climate and the Environment, Sweden
      • David Cooper, Acting Executive Secretary, CBD
      • H.E Kai Mykkänen, Minister of Climate and the Environment, Finland
    29 February - 17h00-18h45: Decarbonization and detoxification: opportunities for integrated solutions
    • Up-to-date information here
    • Where: Helipad Tent C
    • Topic: Interlinkages between chemicals and waste and climate change
    • Lead organizer: Secretariats of BRS Conventions, and Minamata Convention, UNEP
    • Speakers:
      • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions
      • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention
      • Juliet Kabea, Director General, Environment Management Authority, Rwanda
      • Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, The Global Environment Fund (GEF) - to be confirmed
      • Marcos Orellana, Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights
      • Carlos Silva Filho, President, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)
      • Bjorn Beeler, International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN)
      • Donald Cooper, Director of the Transparency Division, Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    1 March - 10h30-12h00: Enhancing cooperation between Montreal Protocol (Ozon-Action), the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS), and Minamata Convention at the country level on areas of Common Interest
    • Up-to-date information here
    • Where: Helipad Tent A
    • Topic: Successes and challenges of the Montreal Protocol, intersection of work areas and modalities of cooperation with BRS Conventions and the Minamata Convention at the national level
    • Lead organizer: UN Environment Programme
    • Partners: Ozone Action, Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol, Secretariats of BRS Conventions and Minamata Convention
    • Speakers: 
      • Elizabeth Mrema, Assistant Secretary - General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director, UNEP
      • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, BRS Conventions
      • Monika Stankiewicz, Executive Secretary, Minamata Convention
      • Patricia Mbote, Director, Law Division, UNEP

     

    Newsroom

     

    Getting ready for UNEA-6

    Minamata Convention Exhibition booth

    The United Nations campus in Nairobi is ready to welcome more than 5,000 participants to the Sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly #UNEA6.

    For one week delegates from around the world will discuss the health of the planet, focusing on inclusive, multi-sectoral and science-based actions to solve the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss and pollution and waste.

    In the exhibition area, multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) are finalizing all details to provide spaces for interaction and information exchange to inspire new solutions.

    The Minamata Convention Secretariat is displaying information resources on the work being done to #MakeMercuryHistory.

    More information on the #MinamataConvention Secretariat's participation 👉 bit.ly/UNEA6Minamata

    Karibu Kenya!

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    MEA participation at UNEA-6

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    "Cooperation with Multilateral Environmental Agreements" (known as the MEA day) will be the focus of a a full day on 28 February 2024 during UNEA-6, and it will be complemented with a 3-day programme of MEA side events will be held from 28 February to 1 March 2024, and with a full week of MEA exhibitions. These programme and events are led by the MEAs themselves and open to all UNEA-6 participants.

    To know more about the events led, partnered and participated by the Minamata Convention on Mercury, visit our tentative list for UNEA-6.

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    Multilateral Environmental Agreements day

    UNEA-6 will highlight the importance of cooperation with multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) with a full day (28 February 2024) devoted to the discussion with an opening plenary meeting and two consecutive high-level dialogues with a view to enhancing its relationship with the MEAs by strengthening convergence of actions and sharing of experiences while also providing increased visibility to the MEAs. For more information, visit the UNEP webpage.

    Opening plenary of the MEA day

    The opening plenary of the MEA day will be held on 28 February 2024 from 9 to 10 am EAT in Conference Room 1, with the following seating protocol. It will consider the following agenda item: Agenda item 10. Cooperation with multilateral environmental agreements

    MEA high-level dialogues

    The two high-level dialogues will focus on two broad programmatic areas:

    • Dialogue 1: Strengthening the science policy interface for effective implementation of environmental commitments (Wednesday 28 February from 10h00 to 13h00 EAT)
    • Dialogue 2: Strengthening cooperation between UNEA, UNEP and MEAs to enhance effective implementation at the national level including through means of implementation (Wednesday 28 February from 15h00 to 18h00 EAT)

    The outcomes of the two dialogues will be presented at the last plenary meeting of UNEA-6 on 1 March 2024.

    Participation in the MEA Day

    The participation in the MEA Day will be open to all UNEA participants.

    In addition to UNEP administered global and regional MEA Secretariats, such as the Minamata Convention on Mercury,the invitation to effectively participate in UNEA-6, including the MEA Day, will be extended to the two non-UNEP administered Rio Conventions, namely the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Invitation have also been extended to the five non-UNEP administered MEA Secretariats of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity related Conventions and others as appropriate.

    More details on the Multilateral Environmental Agreements day can be found on the note “Supplementary agenda item entitled “Cooperation with Multilateral Environmental Agreements”.