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Delegates at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, during the The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) sixth session in February 2024. (Photo: Inger Andersen/ X)

Sixth United Nations Environmental Assembly kicks off in Nairobi

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The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) kicked off its sixth session (UNEA-6) Monday, under the theme: “Effective, inclusive, and sustainable multilateral actions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution”. The meeting runs through March 1.

Held at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, the week-long meeting brings together more than 5000 delegates, including seven heads of state and 139 Ministers and Vice-Ministers, as well as experts, activists, and industry representatives. Delegates will engage in discussions, negotiations, and side events, aiming to produce concrete resolutions and commitments.

UNEA-6 will concentrate on multilateral environmental agreements and how they can contribute to the resolution of the triple planetary crisis of climate chaos, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

Key topics on the agenda include discussions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, the role of nature-based solutions in addressing climate change, and the transition to a circular economy.

The UNEA-6 is expected to debate 20 resolutions and 2 decisions, covering topics such as solar radiation modification, mining, desertification, the circularity of the sugar cane agroindustry, highly dangerous pesticides, increasing ecosystem and community resilience to drought, and regional air quality cooperation.

The resolutions, approved by consensus aim to advance global environmental governance and accelerate action to address environmental challenges. The outcomes will play a crucial role in shaping international environmental policies and strategies in the years to come.

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