Accelerating Integrated Action for a Healthy Planet and Prosperity of all – A dialogue with UN Heads of Agencies

Thursday 2 June
13:30-14:45 CEST
Stockholmsmässan, Room 3

Organizers: UN Environment Management Group

About: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) is an interagency mechanism for UN system collaboration on the environment. The EMG and its 51 member entities have contributed to Stockholm+50 through its report Delivering on the vision of the 1972 Stockholm Declaration and achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report includes reflections by more than 30 Heads of Entities on achievements and challenges since the Stockholm Conference in 1972 as well as their forward-looking views on accelerating actions for a Healthy Planet and Prosperity for All.

This side event will feature a roundtable discussion with Heads of UN Agencies, whose organizations support Member States in addressing the environmental agenda in different ways. Moderated by Dr. Pamela Chasek (International Institute for Sustainable Development), Heads of Agencies will discuss how they in their respective roles will contribute to accelerating delivery of the environmental dimension of the SDGs, in light of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, and commitments of recent global UN processes. They will share their views on opportunities and priorities for environmental action as the UN system begins the next 50 years towards achieving a healthy planet for the prosperity of all.

Moderator(s): Pamela Chasek (IISD)


  • Maimunah Mohd Sharif (UN-Habitat)
  • Achim Steiner (UNDP)
  • Zoritsa Urosevic (UN World Tourism Organization)
  • Caroline Dumas (International Organization for Migration)
  • Elizabeth Mrema (Convention on Biological Diversity)
  • Martha Rojas Urrego (Ramsar Convention on Wetlands)
  • Ivonne Higuero (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
  • Amy Fraenkel (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals)
  • Megumi Seki (Ozone Secretariat)
  • Monika Stankiewicz (Minamata Convention on Mercury)
  • Maria Helena Semedo (FAO)
  • Sonja Leighton-Kone (UNEP)
  • Shamila Nair-Bedouelle (UNESCO)
  • Naoko Yamamoto (WHO)
  • Jyotsna Puri (International Fund for Agricultural Development)
  • Dmitry Mariyasin (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe)
  • Andrea Meza (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification)

Contact person: Jannica Pitkanen (

Event outcomes (Key transformative actions):

  • The environmental agenda is inter-related, requiring breaking down silos, reinvigorating multilateralism, and enhancing partnerships.
  • Multilateral environmental agreements' (MEA) national focal points need to coordinate among themselves and with focal points for other UN agencies at the country level.
  • The UN system needs to better engage with the private sector.

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