Stakeholder Forum Webinars


Building Meaningful and Effective Engagement by Major Group Stakeholders with UNEA 5.2 and the United Nations Environment Programme: A Webinar for UNEP Major Groups – Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) for the Asia and the Pacific Region Stakeholders (English Language Version)

December 2nd 2021 – 2:00 AM to 6:30 AM EST / 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM IST

The recording of the webinar in English can be found here, and the presentation in English can be downloaded here.

Focused on the run-up to UNEA 5.2, the resumed session of UNEA-5 from 28 February to 2 March 2022, this webinar includes content relevant to the Special Session of the Assembly on 3 – 4 March 2022, which is devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 – [email protected].

The webinar also highlights the related and upcoming Stockholhm+50 meeting, convened by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.

Organized by: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future on assignment from the Civil Society Unit of the United Nations


Building Meaningful and Effective Engagement by Major Group Stakeholders with UNEA 5.2 and the United Nations Environment Programme: A Webinar for UNEP Major Groups – Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) for Africa and West Asia Regions Stakeholders (English, French, and Arabic Language Versions)

November 24th 2021 – 4:30 AM to 9:00 AM EST / 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM EAT / 11:30 AM to 4:00 PM EET

The recording of the webinar in English can be found here, and the presentation in English can be downloaded here.

L’enregistrement du webinaire en français se trouve ici, et la présentation en français pourra bientôt être téléchargée ici.

The recording of the webinar in Arabic can be found here.

Focused on the run-up to UNEA 5.2, the resumed session of UNEA-5 from 28 February to 2 March 2022, this webinar includes content relevant to the Special Session of the Assembly on 3 – 4 March 2022, which is devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 – [email protected].

The webinar also highlights the related and upcoming Stockholhm+50 meeting, convened by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.

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


Building Meaningful and Effective Engagement by Major Group Stakeholders with UNEA 5.2 and the United Nations Environment Programme: A Webinar for UNEP Major Groups – Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) for European Region Stakeholders (English Language Version)

November 23th 2021 – 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM EST / 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM CET

The recording of the webinar in English can be found here, and the presentation in English can be downloaded here

Focused on the run-up to UNEA 5.2, the resumed session of UNEA-5 from 28 February to 2 March 2022, this webinar includes content relevant to the Special Session of the Assembly on 3 – 4 March 2022, which is devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 – [email protected].

The webinar also highlights the related and upcoming Stockholhm+50 meeting, convened by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.

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


Building Meaningful and Effective Engagement by Major Group Stakeholders with UNEA 5.2 and the United Nations Environment Programme: A Webinar for UNEP Major Groups – Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) for Latin America and Caribbean Region Stakeholders (English and Spanish Language Versions)

November 19th 2021 – 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM EST / 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM COT

La grabación del seminario web en español puede encontrarse aquí, y la presentación en español podrá descargarse próximamente aquí

The recording of the webinar in English can be found here, and the presentation in English can be downloaded here

Focused on the run-up to UNEA 5.2, the resumed session of UNEA-5 from 28 February to 2 March 2022, this webinar includes content relevant to the Special Session of the Assembly on 3 – 4 March 2022, which is devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 – [email protected].

The webinar also highlights the related and upcoming Stockholhm+50 meeting, convened by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.

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

More information about UNEA 5 can be found by visiting UNEP’s UNEA Website.


Building Meaningful and Effective Engagement by Major Group Stakeholders with UNEA 5.2 and the United Nations Environment Programme: A Webinar for UNEP Major Groups – Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) for North America Region Stakeholders (English Language Version)

November 16th 2021 – 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM EST / 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM PST

The recording of the webinar in English can be found here, and the presentation in English can be downloaded here. The content of the webinar ‘chat box’ can be found here.

Focused on the run-up to UNEA 5.2, the resumed session of UNEA-5 from 28 February to 2 March 2022, this webinar includes content relevant to the Special Session of the Assembly on 3 – 4 March 2022, which is devoted to the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of UN Environment Programme in 1972 – [email protected].

The webinar also highlights the related and upcoming Stockholhm+50 meeting, convened by the United Nations General Assembly and hosted by the governments of Sweden and Kenya, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 2-3 June 2022 to commemorate the 50 years since the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, which made the environment a pressing global issue for the first time.

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


2021 HLPF ‘Pop-up’ Side Event Expert Panel

On July 13, 2021, on the virtual sidelines of the 2021 United Nations High-level Forum on Sustainable Development in New York – the HLPF, Stakeholder Forum and New World Frontiers held an HLPF ‘Pop-up’ Side Event to launch a new paper:

Financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement: The UN Ecosystem of Initiatives on Private Sector Finance

A recording of that side event can be found hereThe presentations, a single PDF file, here, and relevant content from the webinar chatbox can be found here.

About the paper: This timely paper is an overview of the UN Ecosystem of Initiatives on the private sector finance role in helping to finance the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement. The delivery of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been estimated by several organizations, from the World Bank to the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, to be in the region of US$3-$5 trillion annually. This dwarfs the contribution from Overseas Development aid, which is in the region of US$150 billion annually.

The financing for the SDGs and the Paris Agreement will need a refocusing of private sector finance. In that context, this paper explores the state of the UN ecosystem of initiatives on private sector finance in support of this.

Moderated by Charles Nouhan, Chairman, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, the expert panel included a number of the authors of this timely document:

Felix Dodds, Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina, USA, a contributor to and editor of the paper

Krishnan Sharma, Chief, Strategic Engagement Unit, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Olcay Patrycja Tetik, Knowledge Management, and Communications Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme SDG Finance Sector Hub

Marie Morice, Head of Sustainable Finance United Nations Global Compact

Tony Bonnici, Officer in Charge Cooperation and Partnerships Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

Raymond Landveld, Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, New York Office

Liesel Van Ast, Membership and Regional Co-ordination Manager, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative


2021 HLPF Energize DR3 Side Event Expert Panel

On July 6, 2021, 18:00-19:30 EDT, as part of the 2021 United Nations High-level Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York (the HLPF), Stakeholder Forum and Re-Energize DR3, with partners University College London, the University of Ghana, the University of Mauritius, and the University of North Carolina, held an HLPF Side Event entitled:

Governance of disasters risk reduction and resilience to boost the sustainable development goals

A recording of that side event can be found hereThe presentations, a single PDF file, here, and relevant content from the webinar chatbox can be found here.

About the Side Event: The Sustainable Development Goals recognize the critical role that the interlinkages between the different goals and targets play. Disaster risk reduction and resilience (DR3) is a cross-cutting issue in the context of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically SDG 13.1, which aims to “strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.” The effective implementation of SDG 13.1 requires responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels (SDG 16.7).

This SDG 17 project has been reviewing several developed (3) and developing (3) country approaches to the governance of disaster risk reduction and resilience. Within the project, we have looked at the engagement of stakeholders in drawing up disaster plans at all levels of government. We have also reviewed the available indicators that might be used.

The webinar discusses how to approach stakeholder identification and engagement processes in the context of multi-level governance to ensure that no one is left behind. Specifically, panellists shared experiences from the Re-Energize DR3 project in the United Kingdom, United States, Mauritius, and Ghana.

Introduced by Charles Nouhan, Chairman, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, and moderated by Monica Boham, Minister-Counsellor, The Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations, the side event included four panelists from the Re-Energize DR3 project and two external respondents:

Panelists, Re-Energize DR3:

Dr. Catalina Spataru, Professor in Global Energy and Resources, Head and Scientific Director of the Islands Research Laboratory at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London

Kristen Downs, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and UNC Water Institute at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Manta Devi Nowbuth, Associate Professor and Head of the Civil Engineering Department at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Mauritius

Dr. Yam Agyeman Boafo, Research Fellow at the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies, University of Ghana

Respondents:

Jeb Brugmann, Founding Principal, Resilient Cities Catalyst and former Resilience Solutions and Innovation Vice President, 100 Resilient Cities

Dr. Zafar Adeel, Professor of Professional Practice, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering and Executive Director, Pacific Water Research Center at Simon Fraser University


What Happened at the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly, the first sessions during UNEA 5.1? – Outcomes and Conclusions

UNEA 5.1 took place in February 2021, an abbreviated virtual meeting due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. This 3-hour webinar offers a summary and analysis of what happened at UNEA 5.1, what was agreed, and what will be discussed and decided as a way forward at the second and final session, UNEA 5.2, on February 28, March 1, & March 2, 2022.

On behalf of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, and in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme, Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Advisor on Governance and Sustainable Development at Stakeholder Forum, explored how the two UNEA meetings are connected, and in doing so considered UNEA in the context of the nearly 50 years that have passed since the founding of UNEP in 1972. In addition, the session covered the two commemorative events due to take place next year, [email protected] and Stockholm+50.

Stakeholder Forum also announced its 3rd quarter 2021 series of in-depth capacity-building webinars for each of the six UNEP Regions, aimed at preparing Major Groups and other Stakeholders to effectively engage with and participate in UNEA 5.2.  The dates of those events will be announced in September.

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

More information about UNEA 5 can be found by visiting UNEP’s UNEA Website.

The recording of the webinar can be found here and the presentation can be downloaded here: What happened at UNEA 5.1 (June 15 2021) – Final


Understanding UNEA 5.1: A Special Webinar for Major Groups and Other Stakeholders – 20 January 2021

Organized by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future on assignment from the Civil Society Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme, this three-hour capacity building and training workshop, for all Major Groups and Other Stakeholders, aimed to 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. The webinar took 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. More information about UNEA 5.1 can be found by visiting UNEP’s UNEA Website.

The recording of the webinar can be found here and the presentation can be downloaded here: UNEA 5.1 Capacity Building January 2021 (FINAL-Web Version)


Latin America & Caribbean Region Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) – Days 1 & 2, 3 & 4 December 2020 – In Spanish
Región de América Latina y el Caribe Creación de capacidad para la Quinta Asamblea de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Medio Ambiente (UNEA 5) – Días 1 y 2, 3 y 4 de diciembre de 2020

El Foro de Interesados para un Futuro Sostenible, en colaboración con la Dependencia de la Sociedad Civil del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (PNUMA), impartió el tercero de una serie de seminarios web exhaustivos de dos días de duración sobre fomento de la capacidad y capacitación para los grupos principales y otros interesados.  Las sesiones de la Región de América Latina y el Caribe se celebraron los días 3 y 4 de diciembre de 2020.  Los dos seminarios de “capacitación de instructores”, de cuatro horas de duración cada uno, tienen por objeto informar a los interesados directos sobre la manera de participar eficazmente en los procesos de la Asamblea de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEA) y los acuerdos multilaterales sobre el medio ambiente (AMUMA), y determinar las formas de contribuir a la aplicación de la Estrategia de Mediano Plazo y el Programa de Trabajo del PNUMA.

La grabación del primer día se puede encontrar aquí y las presentaciones del primer día se pueden descargar aquí: Sessions 1 and 2 Latin America (3 Dec 2020) Español FINAL

La grabación del segundo día se puede encontrar aquí, y las presentaciones del segundo día se pueden descargar aquí: Sessions 3 and 4 Latin America (4 Dec 2020) Español FINAL


European Region Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) – Days 1 & 2, 17 & 18 September 2020.

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF), in collaboration with the Civil Society Unit at The United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), delivered the second in a series of two-day comprehensive capacity-building and training webinars for Major Groups and other Stakeholders.  The European Region sessions were delivered on 17 & 18 September 2020.  The two, four-hours each, ‘Train-the-Trainer’ workshops are designed to inform stakeholders on how to effectively engage with the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEA) processes, and to identify ways to contribute to the delivery of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work.

The recording of the first day can be found here and the day-one presentations can be downloaded here: Effectively Engage with the United Nations Environment Assembly Sessions 1 and 2 (Euro Region Day 1)

The recording of the second day can be found here, and the day-two presentations can be downloaded here: Effectively Engage with the United Nations Environment Assembly Sessions 3 and 4 (Euro Region Day 2)

For those participants wishing to complete the Day 2 homework, please download UNEA_UNEP Training Day 2 Homework


Asia-Pacific Region Capacity Building for the Fifth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5) – Days 1 & 2, 10 & 11 September 2020.

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF), in collaboration with the Civil Society Unit at The United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP), delivered the first in a series of two-day comprehensive capacity-building and training webinars for Major Groups and other Stakeholders.  The Asia-Pacific Region sessions were delivered on 10 & 11 September 2020.  The two, four-hours each, ‘Train-the-Trainer’ workshops are designed to inform stakeholders on how to effectively engage with the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEA) processes, and to identify ways to contribute to the delivery of the UNEP Medium-Term Strategy and Programme of Work.

The recording of the first day can be found here,  and the day-one presentations can be downloaded here: Effectively Engage with the United Nations Environment Assembly Sessions 1 and 2 Day 1

The recording of the second day can be found here, and the day-two presentations can be downloaded here: Effectively Engage with the United Nations Environment Assembly Sessions 3 and 4 Day 2

For those participants wishing to complete the Day 2 homework, please download UNEA_UNEP Training Day 2 Homework


Facilitation of the Participation of Major Groups and other Stakeholders on the Global Pact for the Environment: 1st Informal Substantive Consultation Meeting on Resolution 72/277, ‘Towards a Global Pact for the Environment,’ that was held virtually from 21-23 July 2020.

A capacity-building and strategy webinar was held on 16 July 2020, around the 1st Informal Substantive Consultation Meeting on Resolution 72/277, ‘Towards a Global Pact for the Environment.’ This kind of efficient, participatory engagement of civil society organizations with the Member States during such expert meetings creates expands ownership of a potential Global Pact for the Environment.  The event was delivered by Stakeholder Forum Senior Advisor Leida Rijnhout, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Pact Coalition.  The background documents and presentations, including the submission from the NGOs involved in the Res. 73/333 process, can be found here: Webinar on Facilitation of Major Groups and other Stakeholders for GPE (July 2020).  Additional documents, including the programme for the First informal substantive consultation meeting on UNGA Resolution 73/333 can be found here.


Future of the HLPF: Lessons from the proposal for a Sustainable Development Council for the UN General Assembly from Rio+20 for the future of the High-Level Political Forum.

On 13 July 2020, a ‘Pop Up Side Event’ webinar during the 2020 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, developed and delivered by Stakeholder Forum, revisited the ideas that were suggested by the Member States and stakeholders in the preparation for Rio+20 concerning the issue of what body should be created to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development.  The webinar presentation can be found here: Lessons from the Proposal for a SD Council for the UN GA for the Future of the HLPF (13 July 2020)


United Nations High-level Political Forum 2020 Side Event: ‘The Role of Oceans as a Sustainable Resource That Can Contribute to the Global Energy Transition’

Oceans, Energy, the Economy, and Our Future: A side event webinar during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July.

In cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Barbados to the United Nations, Stakeholder Forum co-hosted a Zoom webinar side event on Wednesday 8 July during the 2020 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.  The four presentations can be found as one PDF file here: The Role of Oceans as a Sustainable Resource That Can Contribute to the Global Energy Transition Presentations (8 July 2020)