4th UN Environment Assembly held in Nairobi, KenyaDate: 18 March 2019 Tags: Climate Change, Organizations
The fourth session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) was recently in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of UNEA-4 was “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production’. President of UNEA-4 was Estonia.
UNEA-4 aimed at addressing
- Environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including food security, sustainable food systems and halting biodiversity loss.
- Life-cycle approaches to energy, resource efficiency, chemicals and waste management.
- Innovative sustainable business development at time of rapid technological change.
In this assembly India had piloted two resolutions (i) Significantly reduce single-use plastic products by 2030 and (ii) Sustainable Nitrogen Management.
UN Environment Assembly
- It is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on environment. It addresses critical environmental challenges facing the world today.
- It is governing body of the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) and successor of its Governing Council, which was composed of 58 member States.
- It was established in June 2012, when world leaders called for strengthen and upgrade UNEP during UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20).
- It has universal membership with 193 member states. It meets biennially to set priorities for global environmental policies and develop international environmental law.