The Ocean Conference
New York, NY
In celebration of World Environment Day, the Nature Summit brought together artists, innovators and storytellers to explore this year’s theme of “connecting people to nature” on June 5 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. The Nature Summit, organized by the UN Environment’s North America Office in partnership with the Embassy of Canada, Voice for Nature, and the Global Environment Facility, attracted over 100 environmental leaders and communicators.
On February 9, UN Environment’s North America Officer convened a regional stakeholder consultation, “Towards the UN Assembly: Combating Global Pollution,” in cooperation with the UN Foundation in Washington D.C. The event featured expert panelists who highlighted the impact of various types of pollution on human health and the environment. The discussions centered around the advancements and complexities in combating pollution on the international, national, state and local levels. It also served to capture civil society perspectives on the topic of global pollution that will be shared at the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2017.
Over 70 participants from civil society and government participated in the event which included the election of a new Regional Major Groups and Stakeholder Representatives to UN Environment, North America Office. Michelle Wyman accepted the nomination while currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment. She joins Christian Ledwell from the International Institute for Sustainable Development as the two representatives who will share the perspectives of North America’s civil society at UNEA-3.
From January 24-26, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) held their 17th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: “Integrating Environment and Health,” at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City at the Washington D.C. National Airport.
The Conference attracted 800 leaders to network, learn, and collaborate on a wide range of issues in environmental and health science and policy.
The Head of UN Environment’s Science Division and Chief Scientist, Jacqueline McGlade was featured as a penelist on the session: Integrating Environment and Health: Where Do We Go From Here?
Publications from the Science and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Regional Assessment for North America were displayed and distributed to event attendees.