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4th UN Environment Assembly held in Nairobi, Kenya

Date: 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.