UNEA-2 “Forum on Partnerships for Inclusive Green Economy"

Wednesday 25 May, 2016
12:15hrs– 13:45hrs

United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2)
Nairobi, Kenya

Background and context

The event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya, during the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in partnership with the governments of Finland and the Republic of Korea. It will centre on a high-level panel discussion on how new and innovative partnerships can deliver on the central challenge of the 2030 Agenda: creating the conditions for sustained and sustainable economic growth, with full employment. 

The event is organized in association with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP), the UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI), the 10-Year Framework of Programmes for Global Action on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP), and the UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (UN-REDD). It is expected to attract ministers, heads of delegations, government officials, experts from multiple research fields and policymakers.

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Both the UN system and national governments have recognized that achieving the goals and targets for the 2030 Agenda will require a softening of sectoral and institutional boundaries and the embracing of a more integrated and coherent approach. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17, in particular, calls for innovative partnership to build synergies across silos of expertise. PAGE exemplifies this coherent approach, by bringing five UN agencies together whose mandates, expertise and networks, when combined, can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive and sustainable growth.  

The event will draw on growing evidence that has emerged from countries about economic, social and environmental benefits that a transition to an inclusive green economy offers for advancing SDGs. The evidence is supported by a range of ‘green’ development strategies, practice and technologies that have evolved to enable prosperity for all whilst avoiding environmental degradation. So far, over 65 countries have embarked on green economy and related strategies, with 48 of them developing national green economy plans as the centrepiece of these strategies.

Objectives and Expected Outcomes

Countries taking the lead in placing sustained and sustainable economic growth into the heart of their national plans and strategies are offered a platform to inspire others by sharing their knowledge, best practices and lessons learned.

There will be increased awareness among countries about the experiences of their peers on breaking down silos and deploying Inclusive Green Economy (IGE) frameworks to develop integrated approaches to sustainable development. Knowledge will also be shared on partnerships and initiatives that aspire to be “fit for purpose” and can support interested countries in achieving SDGs.


  • H.E. Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment, Finland 
  • Mr. Kwang-Hee NAM, Deputy Minister and Commissioner of the National Environmental Conflict Resolution Commission of the Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Invited panellists

  • H.E. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otaróla, Minister of Environment, Peru (tbc)
  • Mr. Batio Bassiere, Minister of Environment, Green Economy and Climate Change, Burkina Faso
  • Dr. Sanjaasuren Oyun, Outgoing President of United Nations Environment Assembly and Member of Parliament, Mongolia
  • Mr. Yvo de Boer, Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute 
  • Mr. Nik Sekhran, Director for Sustainable Development, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme
  • Mr. Daniel Calleja Crespo, Director General, DG Environment, European Commission

Moderated by: H.E. Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria