4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi comes to an end: World leaders ramp up solutions for sustainable economies

Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives met in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly from 11-15 March in order to take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path. Attendees of the meeting under the theme “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production” also include prominent world leaders as the Presidents of France and Kenya, Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta.  

This year’s discussions focused on following topics:

-       to push harder for sustainable consumption and production patterns,

-       commit to the protection of the marine environment from plastic pollution

-       reduce food waste

-       advance technological innovation that combats climate change and reduces resource use and biodiversity loss

Decisions made at the UN Environment Assembly will have a profound impact on the goals of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as paving the way towards the UN Climate Change Summit 2019 and impacting the overall UN agenda.

“It’s clear that we need to transform the way our economies work, and the way we value the things that we consume. The goal is to break the link between growth and increased resource use, and end our throwaway culture”, said Msuya, UN Environment´s Acting Executive Director, in the run-up of the conference. Side events and exhibits provide the opportunity for attendees to form partnerships and make deals that benefit people and the environment. 

The global campaign #SolveDifferent of UN Environment focuses on an informative and emotive approach to communicating the environmental cost of key consumption and production models and comes up with solutions how each of us and the society as a whole can contribute to the change. UNEnvironmentAssembly

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