On 11 -15 March 2019, UN Environment is hosting UN Environment Assembly: Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production in Nairobi, Kenya.
Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production
Only through innovation can our generation move our world closer to the vision set out in “The future we want”, the outcome document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which affirms that “poverty eradication, changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are the overarching objectives of and essential requirements for sustainable development.”
The key features of an innovative culture are creativity, openness, and participation. A culture of innovation cuts across sectors and actors and ensures their right to participation.
Several conditions are required to stimulate and strengthen a culture of innovation. These include leadership and governance instruments that reward innovation and circularity while stimulating openness and collaboration; education and continuous capacity building that facilitate the transition to a knowledge society; and the dedication of finance and technology to sustainability.
Countries and businesses alike can boost a culture of innovation and the economy at large by unleashing the creativity and entrepreneurship of women. Women's empowerment, particularly in the sustainable development sectors, makes social, business, and economic sense.
In promoting a culture of innovation, no one should be left behind. The 2019 UN Environment Assembly will contribute towards a holistic, inclusive, and participatory approach to development that is underpinned by human rights and recognizes the interlinkages and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development.
Under the overall theme Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production, the 2019 UN Environment Assembly will address the following three focus areas:
(a) environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss;
(b) life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; and (c) innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.
The agenda and logistics can be found here.