04-03-2024

The United Nations Environment Assembly adopts a ministerial declaration and 15 resolutions

The 6th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, which ended on Friday in Nairobi, was attended by the Vice-Minister for Environment, Raminta Radavičienė, and resulted in the adoption of a ministerial declaration and 15 resolutions.

In the declaration, 176 national environment ministers and other high-level officials resolved to address climate change by the principles of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. It agreed to halt the loss of biodiversity by the Convention on Biological Diversity and to ensure the implementation of the Kunming and Montreal global biodiversity framework.

Representatives of the Parties decided to support the implementation of the United Nations Decade for the Restoration of Ecosystems and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and to halt deforestation and forest degradation. They also work to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and to ensure that as many minerals and metals as possible are extracted sustainably. The Parties committed to continue to participate actively in the ongoing negotiations on reducing plastic pollution and to expand cooperation on atmospheric and water pollution. The inclusion of climate, biodiversity, pollution, deforestation, land degradation, desertification, drought, and water in disaster risk management policies is envisaged.

The Assembly also adopted resolutions on promoting regional cooperation on air pollution, the proper management of chemicals and waste, and highly hazardous pesticides, solutions to strengthen water policy, international efforts to combat desertification and soil degradation, efforts to strengthen ocean protection, and on the loss of marine biodiversity and pollution, among others.

A very important and controversial resolution tabled by Ukraine on environmental protection and rehabilitation in areas affected by armed conflicts was adopted.

All the documents adopted at the United Nations Environment Assembly can be found here.

The United Nations Environment Assembly is the highest environmental decision-making body at the international level. It brings together governments, the public, businesses, and other interested groups not only to share environmental ideas but also to commit to concrete action.