Xinhua news agency, Nairobi, February 28 - the resumed session of the fifth United Nations Environment assembly opened in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, on February 28. More than 2000 representatives from nearly 200 member states attended the meeting. One of the most important topics of the meeting was plastic pollution.
In his speech at the opening ceremony, the president of the general assembly and Norwegian environment minister ESPEN Bart Eide said that the world is facing the threat of three global environmental crises: climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution and waste. The world is gradually recovering from the epidemic, but our generation has a long way to go in the face of environmental problems.
Speaking on behalf of the group of 77 + China, Monica de Greif Lindo, Ambassador of Colombia to Kenya and permanent representative of the United Nations Environment Programme, said that the group of 77 and China had been actively addressing environmental issues, including plastic pollution, marine pollution, land desertification and climate change, and were committed to creating a better world with harmonious development between man and nature.
The first phase of the fifth United Nations Environment Conference was held in February 2021. This resumed session is the second phase. The general theme is "strengthening natural action to achieve sustainable development goals", focusing on plastic pollution, green recycling and chemical waste management. The meeting was held online and offline from February 28 to March 2. It is reported that the participants are finalizing the framework of the plastic limit treaty.
The United Nations Environment assembly is the highest decision-making mechanism for global environmental issues. Its predecessor is the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme. In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution upgrading the Governing Council of UNEP to the United Nations Environment assembly attended by representatives of Member States. The first United Nations Environment Conference was held in Nairobi in June 2014.
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