UNEP Science-Policy Forum

  • 07th June 2016
  • by secretary
19-20 May 2016. Nairobi, Kenya. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held its first global Science-Policy Forum in as part of the overall programme of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) held on 23-27 May 2016.

  1. Session 1: Official opening of Science-Policy Forum
  2. Session 2: SCP/Resources + Marine (Parallel tracks)
  3. Session 3: Food-Energy-Water Nexus + Natural Capital (Parallel tracks)
  4. Session 4: Impact of Extractives Sector + Climate Change, Air Quality, Sand and Dust Storms (Parallel tracks)
  5. Session 5: Frontier issues including Environment and Displacement
  6. Session 6: SDG’s and the multi-level, multi-thematic, multi-sectoral data landscape – panel debate
  7. Session 7: Highlights of the GEO-6 Regional Assessments and the Global Gender and Environment Outlook (GGEO)
  8. Session 8: The Science-Policy Interface – Going Forward

The forum offered a platform to the science community to engage with policymakers and civil

Abdelkader Bensada, an officer responsible for UNEP’s
work on sustainable pastoralism and rangeland conservation
and UNEP’s focal point for the International Land Coalition,
talks with Fiona Flintan, a rangelands governance scientist
on joint appointment with ILRI and the International Land
Coalition, at the rangelands side event at UNEA-2
(Global Rangelands Initiative)
(photo credit: ILRI/Dorine Odongo).

society stakeholders on the science and knowledge needed to support informed decision-making to deliver on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Extracts of the programme

Side event on sustainable pastoralism

  • A new resolution on Combating desertification, land degradation and drought and promoting sustainable pastoralism and rangelands was presented and adopted at the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) held 23–27 May 2016 at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Nairobi, Kenya.
  • At a UNEA-2 side event on sustainable pastoralism, high-level discussions among key players in the livestock sector highlighted pastoralism’s ability to promote healthy ecosystems in the face of climate change, showing that common pastures are potential reservoirs of greenhouse gases.

Launch of the UNEP Frontiers 2016 report 

  • Delia Grace, a veterinary epidemiologist at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), took part in the forum as a panellist for the launch of the UNEP Frontiers 2016 report on emerging issues of environmental concern.
  • Her presentation on zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases focused on the global burden of zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people), the drivers of disease (among them, land use change, environmental degradation and climate change) and how the multidisciplinary One Health approach can be used to support timely response to the threat of zoonotic diseases.

Science Policy Framework Session 3 Track 1 Food-Energy-Water Nexus (Crosscutting SDGs 2, 6 and 7)