The United Nations Environment Programme will be holding the Second Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) from 23 – 27 May 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. The UNEA 2 is provides a timely opportunity for Ministers of Environment and other stakeholders to discuss the direction that sustainable pastoralism and responsible of livestock products should take, and provide guidance on concrete actions to be taken by UNEP and other champions of environmental sustainability, within a global partnership.
On 23 May, 2016 a side event on sustainable pastoralism and responsible consumption of livestock products will be held from 13:00 -14:30. Demand for livestock products is growing globally, and the livestock sector is increasingly regarded as an environmental threat. Transformation in livestock production and consumption patterns is urgently needed, but this transformation requires not only minimizing the environmental hazards of livestock, but also safeguarding the environmental benefits of pastoralism.