The participants of the 4th session of the UN environment Assembly, which completed its work in Nairobi, Kenya, laid the foundation for a new development model, taking into account the conservation of the planet's dwindling resources. They agreed to use innovation, as well as to switch to sustainable forms of production and consumption.
After five days of talks at the 4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, more than 170 United Nations Member States delivered a bold blueprint for change. Ministers from 179 countries adopted a Declaration on the need to introduce new models of development. The authors of the document expressed deep concern about the pollution of the planet, the rapid warming and the depletion of resources.They said the world needs to speed up moves towards a new model of development in order to respect the vision laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
"We reaffirm that the eradication of poverty, the elimination of unsustainable patterns of production and consumption, and the protection and effective management of natural resources [ ... ] are an important part of sustainable development," - the Declaration says.
Nations unanimously agreed to significantly cut down on single use plastic products like cups, cutlery and bags by 2030.
The UN Environment Assembly is the world's largest body dealing with environmental issues. It's sessions take place every 2 year. The fourth session, which opened in Nairobi on Monday, brought together twice as many delegates as last time – more than 4,700. These include heads of states and governments, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and representatives of civil society.
To better address environmental issues, the forum agreed to improve data collection and analysis at the international level and to develop a global strategy for the collection of environmental indicators by 2025.