EMG Nexus Dialogue Four

Dialogue 4: 3rd December 2017

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Realising the Sustainable Development Goals - Integrating the environment and health agendas into policies for urban settings (3rd December 2017)

This event, co-hosted by the EMG, UN Environment, WHO and UN-Habitat, will allow participants to dialogue on the importance of tackling health risks from air, water and solid waste pollution through multi-sectoral approaches, and at different geographic levels. The event will allow participants to share their experiences on integrating both the environmental and health agendas into local, national and global urban policies, so as to address adverse health effects from pollution and promote strategies to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Panelists, presenters and participants, including mayors, will highlight best practices and lessons learned, as well as describe the efforts that national and local governments, international organisations and the private sector have taken to promote solutions that reduce risk to both the environment and human health. The event also demonstrates the importance of partnerships in creating conditions for cross-sectorial reductions in air pollution.

Venue: United Nations Office at Nairobi, Gigiri Complex.

Session 1 - Conference Room 6

Session 2 - Conference Room 9

Technical Scope:

The dialogue is split into three discussion areas that will involve presentations, questions and answers, and technical discussions. These will cover the following thematic areas:

a.) Integrating environmental and health policies, with a focus on urban settings.

b.) Interlinkages between the environmental and health agendas in the SDGs in addressing urban pollution.

c.) Partnerships and collaboration at the city, national and global levels on the themes of air, water and solid waste pollution.

1. Opening of the dialogue and welcoming remarks.

Session 1: Presentations and technical discussion

2. Setting the scene: Integrating environmental and health policies in urban settings – a brief overview.

3. Interlinkages between the environmental and health agendas in the SDGs in addressing urban pollution.

Mapping of actors and existing partnerships at the nexus of cities, pollution, and health. 

4. Examples of integrated decision-making and policy solutions at the local, national and global levels relating to air, water and solid waste pollution.

a.) City level – collaboration or partnership (one or two mayors).

b.) National level – collaboration across health and environment departments (minister of health/environment).

c.) Global level – e.g. Greener Cities Partnership (UN Environment/UN-Habitat).

Light Lunch 13.15 - 14.00

Session 2: Policy-level panel discussion                     

Panel discussion


Partnerships to integrate the environment and health agendas into policies for urban settings.

Building upon the outcome of the presentations and technical discussions, the panelists will share their perspectives on issues requiring further action. 

Summary of the dialogue

Closing remarks