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4th session of the UN Environment Assembly

8-15 March 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

The United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. Its fourth session (UNEA-4) will be held from 8-15 March, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, under the theme Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production.

The outcome document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 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.” Two years later, the Second International Conference on Nutrition called for “strengthening sustainable food systems”. The UN Decade of Action on Nutrition proclaimed in 2016 takes that one step further by placing its support for the improvement of diet quality through sustainable food systems. In 2019, food systems have become an essential part of UNEA’s programme, providing a unique opportunity to better link the environmental, health and nutrition agendas.

These efforts will be especially apparent throughout the following UNEA-4 events:

 

UNSCN Brief “Non-communicable diseases, diets and nutrition” Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of mortality worldwide; they are responsible for 70% of global deaths; equivalent to 40 million people. The health and economic repercussions…
Guidance Note on Integration of Nutrition in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework The purpose of this Guidance Note is to assist United Nation Country Teams (UNCTs) with the integration of nutrition into the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), using a…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Schools as a System to Improve Nutrition Given the changing circumstances in the nutrition landscape, there is a need to reassess and reiterate the role of the schools in improving health and nutritional status of children. This discussion…
UNSCN Discussion Paper - Sustainable Diets for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing all nations today leading to not only environmental but also economic and social consequences. It has increased the risk of weather-related…
Guidance Note for UN Humanitarian Coordinators: Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions - Nutrition Cluster Integrated multi-sectoral nutrition actions to achieve global and national nutrition-related SDG targets, particularly in fragile and conflict-affected states Reaching the most vulnerable populations…