Understanding UNEA 5.1: A Special Webinar for Major Groups and Other Stakeholders

This 3-hour Webinar to better understand the February 2021 United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.1) took place on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, 15:00 EAT (Eastern Africa Time), Nairobi (GMT+3) – 07:00 AM New York, 12:00 PM London.

You can view the webinar recording and download the presentation here.

Organized by: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future on assignment from the United Nations Environment Programme.

This three-hour capacity building and training workshop, for all Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, will inform participants about the upcoming UN Environment Assembly and its first session to be held on the 22nd and 23rd of February 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya.

With the theme ‘Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,’ UNEA 5.1 is the first global conference to deal with environmental and sustainability issues in what has been declared the Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals, 2021 – 2030.

Issues addressed: The session will take participants through the UNEA system, unraveling the process of negotiations, explaining how to influence sessions, understand policy complexities, and explain the political importance of the Medium-Term Strategy, the MTS, and the Programme of Works, the PoW. The MTS, which will be decided on by UNEA 5.1, is the work priorities and policy directions for the UNEP for the next four years.

Register here (this even has now passed)

Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

More information about UNEA 5.1 can be found by visiting UNEP’s UNEA website.

The trainers: Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, is a Senior Advisor on Governance for Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future.

With a degree in modern history, literature, environmental sciences, and development issues, Jan-Gustav began working with the UN on environment and governance in the 1970s, first in Latin America.  He then taught about the UN for 20 years, worked with UN CSD for NGOs at the UN HQ, has carried out multiple assignments for UNEP.  Jan-Gustav worked as a diplomat for Norway’s foreign office in Botswana and Uganda has chaired UN meetings, assessed projects, and organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and directed a large aid and environment NGO in Norway for two decades.  As a guest lecturer, he has spoken at universities all over the world on governance, sustainable development, and the environment. Jan-Gustav has had an assignment with UNDESA developing the SDGs, has wide experience with civil society on four continents, translated and written books and numerous articles, speaks several languages, once crossed The Kalahari Desert, and now works as an adviser from his home outside of Oslo, Norway.


Ruben Zondervan

Ruben is executive director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. He also works as a strategic sustainability consultant for the public sector, and at times freelances as a mercenary for science and sustainability. Previously Ruben served, among other roles, as Executive Director of the Earth System Governance Project, and he sits on the Executive Board of Earth System Governance Foundation.