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UN Environmental assembly

UN pledges to end pollution

Xinhua

NAIROBI: The third session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) ended in Nairobi on Wednesday with leaders pledging to end pollution for a clean environment, reports Xinhua. Over 4,000 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, UN officials, civil society representatives, activists and celebrities who attended the three-day meeting also agreed on a raft of resolutions and pledges promising to improve the lives of billions across the globe by cleaning up air, land and water. “Any threat to our environment, health, economy, security, well being and survival has to be stopped forthwith,” UNEA outgoing President Edgar Gutierrez-Espeleta said in a closing statement.

“With the promises made here, we are sending a powerful message that we will listen to the science, change the way we consume and produce, and tackle pollution in all its forms across the globe,” said Edgar Gutierrez-Espeleta who is also the Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica.

The assembly noted that tackling pollution will enable countries to contribute to sustainable development by fighting poverty, improving health, creating descent jobs and reducing Greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

They expressed commitment to collaborating with the politicians, scientists, the private sector and civil society to deliver a pollution free planet.

The assembly also pledged to continue to respect the Rio principles on environmental and development in efforts to make the environment clean. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for air quality, more than 17,000 people die prematurely due to ill health associated with pollution. Hundreds of children below the age of five die from contaminated water and poor hygiene while women and girls continue to be affected from smoke emanating from fuel wood.

The ministers noted that it is unfortunate that every year 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic are dumped in oceans while 40 million tons of electronic waste are generated annually and increase every year by 4 to 5 percent, causing severe damage to ecosystems, livelihoods and health.

 

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