Fifth Session Of The United Nations Environment Assembly:
The Fifth UN Environment Assembly concluded with 14 resolutions to strengthen actions for nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
- The overall theme for UNEA-5 was “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”, which was hosted by the UN Environment Programme.
- The Assembly will be followed by “UNEP@50”, a two-day Special Session of the Assembly marking UNEP’s 50 anniversary where member states are expected to address how to build a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world, as well as to endorse a draft Political Declaration.
- The world’s ministers for the environment agreed to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) with the mandate to forge an international legally binding agreement to end plastic pollution.
- INC will begin its work in 2022, with the ambition of completing a draft global legally binding agreement by the end of 2024.
- This development is considered the most important environmental deal since the 2015 Paris Agreement.
- Under the legally binding agreement, countries will be expected to develop, implement and update national action plans reflecting country-driven approaches to contribute to the objectives of the instrument.
- They will be expected to promote national action plans to work towards the prevention, reduction and elimination of plastic pollution and to support regional and international cooperation.
- Resolution on Management of Chemicals and Waste
- Resolution focused on Nature-based Solutions
- Resolution Prioritising Ecosystem Restoration
- Resolution on Minerals and Metals
- Resolution on Sustainable Lake Management
- Resolution on Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
- Resolution on Animal Welfare
- Resolution on Biodiversity and Health
- Resolution to Reduce Nitrogen Waste
- Resolution to strengthen measures Post Covid