UN concludes environmental assembly with pledges to end pollution
December 07,2017 By:Xinhua
Dec.7,2017--Photo taken on Dec. 6, 2017 shows the closing plenary of the third session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya. 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. (Xinhua/Lyu Shuai)
NAIROBI, Dec.7,2017-- 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.
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.