(11-15 March 2019, Nairobi, Kenya)

Karibu Nairobi katika kongamano la Umoja wa Kimataifa ya Mazingira 2019!
(Welcome to Nairobi and to the 2019 UN Environment Assembly!)

The Life Cycle Initiative Secretariat in UN Environment is working at top speed on  preparations for the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA4) – leading and supporting events, providing inputs to the Ministerial Declaration, as well as supporting the various Resolutions that member states have put forward. The programme of events and the draft resolutions will become more defined during the coming months and we invite you to keep an eye on the official event webpage.

As announced in the September/October newsletter, one of the key cross-cutting themes of UNEA4 is “life cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management”. This will be discussed from various perspectives throughout UNEA4, including during discussion of resolutions with government officials, panels and pop-up chats during the Sustainable Innovation Expo (e.g. sessions on plastics pollution and textiles); a high-level leadership dialogue on Life Cycle Approaches; or the Science-Policy-Business Forum that takes place on the weekend preceding UNEA4 (9-10 March 2019). During the Science-Policy-Business Forum, the Initiative will be particularly involved in discussions on the role of Science for Decision Making, through the Sustainable Consumption and Production Hotspots Analysis Tool, and the potential opportunities brought by frontier technologies to exploit big data for LCA dataset generation.

We hope that many of you will be present in UNEA4. Please contact the Secretariat if you plan to be there and would like to contribute, for example, hosting a side event. To apply for an exhibition slot at the Expo, please visit the registration/planning website.