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UNECE at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6)

UNECE at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6)

26 February - 01 March 2024

The sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) will take place from 26 February to 1 March, 2024 at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.


UNECE will be represented at the world’s highest decision-making body on the environment, and is actively engaged in the following side events:


Transboundary Ecosystem Restoration: Key to Addressing the Planetary Crises (official side event)

27 February 2024, 13:30-14:45 (EAT), Conference Room 11

Lead organizer: Government of Slovenia, Partners: Costa Rica, Water Convention, Ramsar Convention, IUCN


  • Ms. Tatiana Molcean, Executive Secretary, UNECE 
  • Ms. Musonda Mumba, Secretary General, Convention on Wetlands
  • Mr. Uroš Vajgl, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Ms. Ambassador Giovanna Valverde Stark, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office in Kenya
  • Mr. Callist Tindimugaya, Commissioner for Water Resources Planning and Regulation, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda
  • Mr. Bruno Pozzi, Deputy Director Ecosystems Division, UNEP
  • Mr. Luther Anukur, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  • Dr. Tomaž Rodič, Director of Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies, SPACE-SI
  • Moderator: Mr. Aleš Bizjak, Ministry of Natural Resources and Spatial Planning of the Republic of Slovenia
MEA Dialogue 1: Strengthening the science policy interface for effective implementation of environmental commitments

28 February 2024, 10:00-13:00 (EAT), Conference Room 1


  • Ms. Tatiana Molcean, Executive Secretary, UNECE

  • Mrs. Maya Berci, Executive Director of the Chemicals Management Division at Environment and Climate Change Canada

  • H.E. Andreas Bjelland Eriksen, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway

  • Dr. Anita Breyer, Director-General for Emission Control and Transport, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Germany

  • Dr. Musonda Mumba, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

  • Dr. David O. Obura, Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

  • Moderator: Axel Threlfall, Moderator - Editor-at-large, Reuters

Action to deliver cleaner air and climate mitigation for the health of people and planet (official side event)

28 February 2024, 18:30 - 19:45 (EAT), Press Room

Lead organizer: Climate and Clean Air Coalition, Partners: United States, UK, Sweden, Kenya, Colombia, Japan, Clean Air Fund, Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Global Methane Hub, WHO, UNECE, UNESCAP, AUC


  • Ms. Tatiana Molcean, Executive Secretary, UNECE
  • Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Ms. Jennifer Littlejohn, Acting Assistant Secretary Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • H.E. Motome Takisawa, State Minister of the Environment, Japan
  • H.E. Cabinet Secretary Roselinda Soipan Tuya, Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, Kenya
  • H.E. Maisa Rojas Corradi, Minister of Environment, Chile
  • H.E. João Paulo Capobianco, Vice Minister of Environment, Brazil
  • H.E. Leila Benali, Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of the Kingdom of Morocco, UNEA6 President
  • H.E. Han Wha-jin, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea
  • Mr. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission
  • Dr. Maria Neira, Assistant Director-General a.i. Division of UHC/Healthier Populations at WHO
  • Ms. Jane Burston, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Clean Air Fund
  • H.E. Rebecca Pow, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister of Nature, and Vice President on the UNEA Bureau, United Kingdom
  • Moderator: Ms. Martina Otto, Head of CCAC Secretariat, UNEP
Promoting Sustainable Transportation: Global Standards for Fuels and Vehicles

29 February 2024, 13.30 - 14.45 (EAT), Conference Room 11

Lead Organizer: Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Partners: UNEP, European Commission, Rwanda, republic of Ghana, World Bank


UNECE MEAs: beating pollution in the pan-European region and beyond (MEAs side event)

29 February, 15:30 – 17.00 (EAT),  Helipad, MEAs events Tent B – Stage 1

Lead organizer: UNECE


  • Ms. Tatiana Molcean, Executive Secretary, UNECE 
  • Ms. Raminta Radavičienė, Vice-Minister of Environment, Republic of Lithuania
  • Mr. Uroš Vajgl, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Climate and Energy, Slovenia
  • Ms. Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director-General of the Environment Department of the European Commission, European Union
  • Dr. Peter Dery, Director for Environment, Ministry for Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, Ghana
  • Ms. Elizabeth Nichols, Foreign Affairs Officer, United States Department of State
  • Mr. Nicola Pochettino, Director for Environment and Natural Resources, European Investment Bank
  • Ms. Patrizia Heidegger, Deputy Secretary General and Director for European Governance, Sustainability and Global Policies, European Environmental Bureau
  • Moderator: Ms. Francesca Bernardini, Chief, Transboundary Cooperation Section, Environment Division, UNECE