The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) has reshaped the global environmental agenda since its inaugural summit in 2014, experts have said.
experts, who spoke to Xinhua at the end of the fourth session of the UNEA in
Nairobi on Friday, said its landmark resolutions have catalysed actions
required to transition to a greener and more sustainable future.
Kigumba, technical adviser on environment and wastage at Kenya’s Ministry of
Environment and Forestry, said the UNEA has provided a platform to articulate
threats to ecosystems and livelihoods that includes climate change, pollution
and chemical waste.
said the environment assembly has helped make it clear that climate change is
problem facing both the developed countries and the developing ones.
assembly has helped upscale research that would provide solution to chemical
waste causing harm to natural habitats,” Kigumba said.
people are now spraying their crops using the recommended chemicals, thanks to
the decisions adopted at the environment assembly, he said.
first and second sessions of the UNEA adopted resolutions on illegal trade in
wildlife, air quality, environmental rule of law, financing the green economy
and sustainable development goals (SDGs).
world today is committed to a pollution-free planet at the close of the
assembly, with resolutions and pledges promising to improve the lives of
billions across the globe by cleaning up our air, land and water,” said
Pierluigi Bozzi, vice president of Madagascar-based Athénée Saint Joseph
UNEA has provided clarity on major environmental issues that have a bearing on
economy, human health and global security, Bozzi said. He said the UNEA has
stimulated conversations on how to achieve ecological renewal amid industrial
Mwenda, executive director of Nairobi-based Pan-African Climate Justice
Alliance, said the UNEA should prioritise speedy implementation of key
resolutions in order to remain relevant.
is need for a policy direction to change the operations from action to less
talk,” Mwenda said, noting that governments are not responding enough.
every promise made in and around the summit is met, more people will breathe
clean air, the world’s coastlines will be clean and innovative research
programs aimed at combating pollution will be availed to populations if
governments become serious,” said Mwenda.
He noted that programmes such as the Beat Pollution and Clean Seas campaign are yet to be taken seriously by countries despite the commitments made. –Xinhua
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