• Overview
  • Regional meetings

Once a year, the Civil Society Unit together with all six Regional Offices convenes Regional Consultative Meetings (RCM) to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues on issues pertinent to the UN Environment.  These consultations will take place in 2016 and 2017 and are considered to be preparatory dialogues in the lead up to the 2017 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) which will convene in December 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Consultative Meetings, which are often times organized back to back with Environmental Fora or Economic Commissions meetings or other relevant environmental consultations will provide an opportunity for Major Groups and Stakeholders to provide their inputs into the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF) which will precede the UN Environment Assembly. The meetings also serve as a capacity-building and networking exercise for Major Groups and Stakeholders in the regions as they constitute a platform for Regional Offices to engage with civil society partners.

One of the main outcomes of the Regional Consultative meetings is the compilation of statements and recommendations by Major Groups and Stakeholders for consideration by the United Nations Environment Assembly.  Regional priorities, challenges and observations, are integrated into these statements, which will also provide regional perspectives on the Assembly’s theme. The outcome of the dialogues, which is usually in the form of a statement or key messages, will be shared as an informational document with the governing body of UN Environment and Ministers, and discussed at the high-level segment of UNEA-3. 

Regional Consultation Meeting Europe: Szentendre, Hungary

Participants and target audience

The regional consultation will bring together Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) accredited to UN Environment, non-accredited regional MGS partners, UN Environment staff, the Regional Environmental Center’s CSO network, ECO Forum members, and resource people on Environment Assembly’s theme. 

Purpose and Objectives of the Meeting

The scope of the 2 day consultation is to exchange and discuss latest development in UN Environment, including UN Environment’s efforts on delivering the environmental dimension of the 2030 agenda and preparation for the 2017 Environment Assembly.


The Regional Consultative Meeting with Civil Society in West Asia is taking place on 25 -26 September 2017 at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Please find the draft agenda here for your information.

Regional Consultation Meeting in Latin America and the Caribbean: Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 7-8 June 2017

The Regional Consultation Meeting for Latin American and Caribbean Major Groups and Stakeholders will take place from 7 to 8 June 2017 at Hotel Villa Lapas, Puntarenas, Costa Rica. The meeting will be held back to back to the Global Dialogue on Oceans, on the occasion of the celebrations of World Oceans Day, which will take place from 8 to 9 June 2017 at at Villa Caletas. This Regional Consultation will be a unique opportunity for the Latin American and Caribbean Major Groups and Stakeholders to prepare and provide inputs for the 2017 UN Environment Assembly, which will be held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2017.

Watch this space for more information coming up soon.

For any further information please contact [email protected] with following subject line: Latin America and the Carribean Regional Civil Society meeting in Costa Rica, June 2017

Regional Consultation Meeting Africa 2017

Regional Consultation Meeting for Africa Major Groups and Stakeholders will take place on 10-11 June 2017 prior to the 16th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN) which will take place 12-16 June 2017 at the Radison Blu Hotel in Libreville, Gabon.

The meeting will be used to brief and prepare the Africa Major Groups and Stakeholders for the 16th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN), as well as the 2017 UN Environment Assembly to be held in Nairobi in December 2017.

For any further information Please contact [email protected] mentioning RCM Africa in the subject line.

Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Sustainable Development

Asia-Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) is a civil society platform aimed to enable stronger cross constituency coordination and ensure that voices of all sub-regions of Asia Pacific are heard in intergovernmental processes in regional and global level. The platform is initiated, owned and driven by the CSOs, and seeks to engage with UN agencies and Member States across the region on the issue of sustainable development. As an open, inclusive, and flexible mechanism, Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (RCEM) is designed to reach the broadest number of CSOs in the region, harness the voice of grassroots and peoples’ movements to advance development justice that address the inequalities of wealth, power, resources between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women.


  1. Inform and build  capacity of civil society participants on sustainable development at the global and regional levels, and on the opportunities and modalities for engaging these processes;  
  2. Provide a space for dialogue on the structure and content of the APFSD with its’ theme “Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in Changing Asia and Pacific” and upcoming UNEA-3  with the theme “Pollution Free Planet”. The CSO Forum will formulate joint civil society positions building on Asia-Pacific civil society messages on 2030 Agenda and Regional Roadmap, as well as strategize interventions at the APFSD
  3. Facilitate sharing and exchange on critical issues faced by the various constituencies and discuss alignments and areas of partnership/cooperation;
  4. Reflect on the work of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism in 2015-2017. 
  5. Agree on joint actions and follow up to civil society positions adopted.

26 - 28 March, 2017
Novou City Hotel, Samsen Road,
Bangkok, Thailand

UN Environment North America Office

On 2 December, the North America Office convened a stakeholder consultation, “Global Environment Outlook and Pathways to Sustainability,” at the University of Ottawa. The event featured expert panellists who discussed key findings and policy recommendations from the UN Environment’s Global Environment Outlook North American Regional Assessment. It also served to share the latest progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and information about the third UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in December 2017. Over 60 participants from civil society and government participated in the event. The consultation featured the election of Christian Ledwell of the International Institute for Sustainable Development as one of the two North American Major Groups and Stakeholders Representative.  A U.S. Representative will be elected at a consultation to be held in Washington, D.C. on February 9, 2017.

The consultations took place on 9th of February 2017.