Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate, and Forestry Soipan Tuya said the 6th United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA-6) will be held from February 26 to March 1 at the UN Complex in Gigiri, Kenya and over 5,000 delegates, including heads of state and governments from the 193 UN member states will attend the meeting.
Tuya made the statement during a press conference on Thursday in Nairobi, capital city of Kenya.
Tuya added that Kenyan President William Ruto will deliver the UNEA-6 National and give a welcoming statement at the high-level segment on February 29.
During the press conference, Inger Andersen, the Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme reiterated the importance of sticking to the world’s environmental must-do list to keep up with climate change and its effects.
“The impacts are here and growing. Last year was the hottest on record, bringing more intense storms, droughts, and wildfires. Species are under massive pressure, forests are falling and soils are turning infertile. Millions of people are dying each year from exposure to pollution and chemicals,” said Andersen.
She further pointed out that there already exist commitments borne of the last conference and therefore stakeholders are obligated to redirect focus, efforts, and resources towards effecting them.
She also revealed that so far, 20 draft resolutions and two draft decisions have been submitted to countries for discussion.
According to the United Nations, UNEA-6 will put a special focus on how stronger multilateralism can help hasten efforts toward ending the ongoing climate crisis.
Kenya’s Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Forestry noted that UNEA-6 has been organized around six thematic areas considered by Member States in developing draft resolutions to compel action.