AFED Secretary General Najib Saab participated in the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 2) and related events at UNEP's headquarters in Nairobi, 19-27 May.
Talking at the periodic meeting of High Level Group (HLG), which provides policy guidance on UNEP's Global Environment Outlook report (GEO-6) due in 2018, Saab said: "Guidance provided by any supervisory group, whatever level it might be, reaches nowhere without qualified authors who have adequate expertise. Mediocre quality should not be an option." The Secretariat raised the need to train authors on how to write assessments. The meeting found that some contributors need simply to be taught how to write, which does not fall under UNEP mandate. Selection of report authors should be placed under strict scrutiny, following highest academic and publishing standards.
Saab also participated in a panel discussion on Right for Healthy Environment. Four panelists from four continents discussed the right of people to participate in decisions that affect them, their livelihood and the natural resources they depend on, as recognized by principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. Commenting on the Arab status, Saab said: "Public participation in decision making is largely cosmetic. In many cases, reliable data do not exist in the first place, let alone making it available to the public".