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GBA4E at UNEA-3; Businesses #BeatPollution

From the 4th to 6th December 2017, The UN Environment Assembly, the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, held its 3rd session (UNEA-3) in Nairobi. The Assembly was held under the overarching theme of “Towards a Pollution Free Planet” and passed 11 resolutions, each addressing a specific dimension of pollution. For the first time, a Ministerial Declaration was approved by consensus – this declaration will serve as a global action plan on pollution. View the approved declaration here.

Under the banner of the Global Business Alliance for the Environment (GBA4E), Business and Industry participated actively in the Assembly. The GBA4E coordinated the Business and Industry Major group at UNEA-3. Our Delegates participated in several side events and delivered statements on behalf of the Business and Industry major group at the Opening Plenary, Closing Plenary and Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue. Read the statements here.

Stella Simiyu, GBA4E Co-Chair, speaking at the UNEA-3 Closing Plenary

The GBA4E Business Symposium

On December 3rd 2017, the Global Business Alliance for the Environment (GBA4E) held the inaugural Business Symposium at UNEA-3. The symposium featured 12 case studies from a diverse array of sectors, countries and organizations. Each case contributed to the #beatpollution dialogue in a unique and innovative way. The symposium theme of ‘Businesses #BeatPollution’ was related to various sectors including dairy, vehicles, farming, recycling, ocean conservancy, paint, oil and gas and agriculture. 

Read more on the case studies here, and learn more about the speakers here.

A live and vibrant @GBA4E twitter wall was run throughout the event using the hashtag #beatpollution, engaging viewers both in attendance and online. 

The GBA4E is excited to continue developing a path of partnership with UN Environment and UNEA – to benefit the environment and all stakeholders.

Mumbi Munene

Mumbi is working as Stakeholder Coordinator at Emerging. She is a sustainable development professional focused on Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Emerging Ag, Mumbi managed the communication, marketing and fundraising function of GIVEWATTS, a Kenya-based Swedish NGO that provides clean energy solutions to rural populations in Kenya and Tanzania. Mumbi has extensive experience working in East Africa’s NGO and SME business sector. She has worked with Novastar Ventures, an impact investment firm supporting entrepreneurs to profitably serve East Africa’s Bottom of the Pyramid markets. At Novastar, Mumbi was in charge of numerous functions ranging from stakeholder management to research, administration and high-level event planning.  
Mumbi sits on the Board of Palmhouse Dairies Limited, a dairy processing plant based in rural Kenya that processes 5000 litres of milk daily and directly supports and empowers 450 small scale farmers. 
A Kenyan national, Mumbi has lived, worked and studied in the United States, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia and Kenya. She holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and International Relations from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Mumbi is based in Nairobi, Kenya. 

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