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Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) will co-host the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum, which facilitates the participation of civil society in the UN Environment Assembly and associated meetings. This event will take place prior to the fourth meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA- 4), which it taking place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11-15 March 2019.

This year’s Forum will benefit from the outcomes of the preceding Regional Consultative Meetings. The outcomes and results of those meetings are direct inputs by Major Groups and Stakeholders into the Assembly’s preparatory processes as well as actual proceedings.

The Forum will prepare participants for the Assembly and associated meetings, identify important themes and decisions under consideration by the Assembly, and will provide a platform for an exchange of views and expertise on these themes between governments and Major Groups and Stakeholders, as well as UN Environment.

The Forum will also focus on the main theme of the Assembly “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Production and Consumption” and will link it to the “Towards a Pollution Free Planet” theme of the previous Assembly allowing Major Groups and Stakeholders to contribute with their unique expertise to the inter-governmental decision-making process.

Some of the outcomes that were made during the 17th GMGSF include;

  • The major groups and stakeholders applauded UNEA for the introduction of an online resolutions platform and facilitating of major groups access to the resolutions negotiations processes. This has enabled the major groups to provide inputs as they are developed.
  • The stakeholders expressed their disappointment on the stakeholder engagement policy not being on the agenda of the UNEA 3 assembly. They stated that it was important to have transparent, progressive and proactive policies for stakeholder’s engagement in national decision-making processes.
  • They also expressed their disappointment in the budget allocated for stakeholders’ engagement in UNEA3.They stated that the budget allocated was only half as much as for the last Unite Nations Environment assembly. They urged member states to take up their responsibility to obtain more funding for UNEA.

 

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