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The Global Business Alliance for the Environment (GBA4E)

The Global Business Alliance for the Environment (GBA4E) was formally created in 2017 to enhance business engagement with United Nations Environment (UNE) and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), to reflect the important role that business must play to achieve environmental sustainability.

Business has an ongoing commitment to work with local communities, international agencies, governments, civil society and the scientific community. A distinct, enhanced role for business with a unique voice is important to facilitate greater business engagement towards the fulfilment of UN Environment’s mission.

Emerging ag has been contracted to provide secretariat services to the Global Business Alliance for the Environment. Emerging organizes and coordinates GBA4E activities at the bi-annual United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) meetings at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya and supports the activities of GBA4E in the interim period. The Secretariat helps liaise with UNE’s teams, provide updates on policy discussions, supports the GBA4E member’s discussions and implementation of the members’ chosen activities, such as side events and meetings. Membership in GBA4E is voluntary and open to all national, regional and international business organisations, enterprises, cooperatives, and trade associations.

The GBA4E Business Symposium - December 3, 2018, Nairobi

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 read more on the speakers here.

With addresses from the H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák – President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Edgar Gutiérrez – the President of the UN Environment Assembly, Erik Solheim – the Executive Director of the UN Environment Program and Dr Jian Liu – UN Environment Chief Science officer, businesses had a platform to engage with the UN Environment agenda and contribute to its mission. The sessions were moderated by H.E. Ms. Elizabeth Ines Taylor Jay, Ambassador & Permanent Representative to Colombia and the GBA4E co-chairs, Stella Simiyu and Norine Kennedy.

The GBA4E High-Level Dinner: “Innovative & Sustainable Business Solutions” - March 12, 2019, Nairobi

The GBA4E High-Level Dialogue: “Business for Nature Based Solutions” – February 9th, 2022

Hats off to the entire Emerging ag team for such an amazing afternoon. Such wealth of knowledge during the rapid fire session at the first ever Business Symposium at UNEA-3.

Steve Ngunyi – Managing Partner, ICON 

Thank you so much for your attention to detail. Once again, you were excellent!

Yvonne Harze-Pitre, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, International Fertilizer Association

You are an awesome team! We were able to go to another level as Business and Industry because of your support.  I look forward to working with you all in our next phase.

Norine Kennedy, Vice President, Environment, Energy and Strategic International Engagement, United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

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