“Towards a Pollution-free Planet in the 2030 Agenda Era”, a Conversation with Erik Solheim

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•09•05    18:30 - 19:30

    On 5 September 2017, UNU will host “Towards a Pollution-free Planet in the 2030 Agenda Era”, a conversation with Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Pollution has become a widespread and pervasive consequence of our changing production and consumption patterns. Beyond its adverse effects on biodiversity and the environment, pollution disproportionately affects those who are socially and economically marginalised. Working towards reducing pollution levels, thus, is a step towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet, the path towards a pollution-free planet is an arduous one, and will require greater collaboration between global stakeholders to pursue a model of sustainable development that integrates social, economic, and environmental dimensions.

    Executive Director Solheim will join UNU Executive Officer David Passarelli for a conversation exploring the impact of pollution on the environment and health, as well as expectations for the upcoming third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served, while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 4 September) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Erik Solheim was appointed UNEP Executive Director in May 2016. Previously, he chaired the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and served as UNEP’s Special Envoy for Environment, Conflict and Disaster. From 2007 to 2012, Solheim led both Norway’s Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of International Development and, from 2005 to 2007, served as Minister of International Development. He has received numerous awards for his work on climate and the environment, including UNEP’s Champion of the Earth award, TIME’s Hero of the Environment, and an honorary doctorate from TERI University in Delhi, India. Solheim is also an experienced peace negotiator, having acted as the main facilitator of the peace process in Sri Lanka from 1998 to 2005, as well as in Sudan, Nepal, Myanmar, and Burundi.


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