STAP Panel meets in Nairobi during United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), May 2016

STAP members gathered at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 23-27 May 2016. STAP had the opportunity to share on-going work with UNEP staff, and benefit from their input. Discussion topics included: wildlife conservation and the role of local communities, areas beyond national jurisdiction, source to sea, planning for resilience, climate adaptation, decarbonizing the global economy, sustainable management of plastics and green chemistry. Based on these discussions, STAP began to scope possible key themes for the GEF’s upcoming funding cycle, 2018-2022. In the next few months, STAP will continue to brainstorm on the environmental development priorities for the GEF’s work.

STAP’s gathering was held in parallel to the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). STAP took advantage of this important gathering by participating in a few side events on “Sustainable Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development”, “When the Smoke Clears: Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement through Clean Cooking”, “Towards a Circular Economy Through Sustainable Management of Wastewater and Re-Use”, and “Marine Litter and Microplastics”. Rosina Bierbaum also joined Naoko Ishii at the GEF’s high-level side event “Investing in the Global Commons: Physical Capital depreciates, but Natural Capital appreciates if we manage it well”.