Fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly will connect and consolidate environmental actions within the context of sustainable development and give significant impetus to more effective implementation. This fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly in 2021 will mobilize, motivate and energize member States and stakeholders into sharing and implementing successful approaches and nature based solutions that contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly the eradication of poverty and the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

Theme: Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The theme therefore calls for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and the nature-based solutions to achieve the sustainable development goals in its three complementary dimensions (social, economic and environmental). 

The theme was decided at a joint meeting of the Bureaus of the Assembly and the Committee of Permanent Representatives on 3 December 2019, based on extensive consultations with Member States and stakeholders, led by Mr. Fernando Coimbra, Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Brazil to Kenya, and Ms. Elin Bergithe Rognlie, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to Kenya.

The President of the UN Environment Assembly will continue dialogue on the preparations for the fifth session of the Assembly in view of ensuring a successful meeting in 2021. For further information, contact the UNEP Secretariat at [email protected]

When: 22 -26 February 2021 Where: Nairobi, Kenya Theme: Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Environment Assembly Bureau

The Assembly is led by a Bureau and its President. The UN Environment Assembly Bureau assists the President in the general conduct of business of the UN Environment Assembly. The Bureau and its President are elected by the Assembly for a period of two years starting at the closure of the session at which they were elected and until the closure of the next regular session. The Bureau is composed of ten Ministers of the Environment and other senior officials from member states representing each of the five UN regions. 

Hon. Ms. Barbara Creecy

Rapporteur and Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa

H.E. Mr. Bassiere Batio Nestor

Vice President and Minister of Green Economy and Climate Change of Burkina Faso

Mr. Ado Lohmus

Vice President and Permanent Representative of Environment of the Republic of Estonia

Ms. Laskmi Dhewanthi

Vice President and Senior Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia

H.E. Ms. Brune Poirson

Vice President and Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France

H.E. Mr. Reggy Nelson

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Suriname

H.E. Dr. Mohammed Bin Dainah

Vice President and Chief Executive of the Supreme Council for Environment of Bahrain

H.E. Mr. Goran Trivan

Vice President and Minister of Environment of the Republic of Serbia

H.E. Mr. Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Echandi

Vice President and Minister of Environment and Energy of the Republic of Costa Rica