Strengthening Actions for Nature in North America: Regional Input to UNEA-5
In preparation for the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5), the United Nations Environment Programme’s North America Office (UNEP North America) hosted a series of six virtual consultation workshops on the theme of “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.” In partnership with MIT Solve, the World Environment Center, and the United Nations Associations in Canada and the United States, UNEP North America convened over 400 North American stakeholders across the Major Groups to explore the topic of nature as a solution to the climate and biodiversity crises. Building on the distributed consultation model implemented in preparation for UNEA-4, UNEP North America and its partners designed this regional consultative process to ensure broad and diverse stakeholder participation in UNEA-5, given the challenges and restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Playing a crucial role in the design and implementation of the process were the four UNEA Regional Facilitators for North America. The Regional Facilitators were nominated by UNEA-accredited organizations, UNEP partners, and other stakeholders in the region, and were chosen by UNEP North America.
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