UN environmental assembly closes, approves 16 resolutions
29 June 2014, 10:53
Nairobi - Delegates from over 160 countries across the world
have given the UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA) the mandate to manage
global environmental agenda, including marine plastic debris, micro
plastics and the illegal trade in wildlife, in their final deliberations
that approved 16 resolutions.
Meeting in Nairobi Kenya, the delegates agreed to encourage
governments to set standards and policies across multiple sectors to
reduce emissions and manage the negative impacts of air pollution on
health, the economy, and overall sustainable development.
The delegates noted that UNEA is better placed to help reduce air
pollution that is currently killing 7 million people globally annually.
They called for the full integration of the environmental dimension
into the sustainable development process to help improve a healthy
environment that is important for the success of the post-2015
Sustainable Development Agenda.
The Assembly also called on member states to accelerate and support
efforts for the promotion of sustainable production and consumption
The meeting that was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon.
The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta called for the support of
sustainable consumption and production patterns, including through
resource efficiency and more sustainable lifestyles.
In his closing remarks, Kenyatta welcomed the decision by the UNEA to
scale up efforts against the illegal trade in wildlife. He said the
illegal trade is a threat to Kenya's heritage and impedes security. For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!