The next fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will deal with the theme “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”. The meeting is expected to adopt a negotiated ministerial declaration and several resolutions submitted by Members. state
The Assembly will focus on three key areas: environmental challenges related to poverty and management of natural resources, including sustainable food systems, food security and reduction of biodiversity loss; Life cycle approaches for the efficiency of resources, energy, chemicals and waste management; and innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change. The meeting is also expected to discuss the contribution of UNEA to the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) of 2019 and the implementation of the relevant provisions of the final document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) entitled ” The future we want. ” , related to the role of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in promoting the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system.
The resolutions presented to UNEA-4 by the member states address, among other things: electric mobility; deforestation; sustainable management of mangroves; governance of mineral resources; Marine plastic garbage and microplastics; the poverty-environment nexus; protection of the marine environment from terrestrial activities; sustainable pastures and pastoralism; sustainable management of coral reefs; geoengineering and gender equality in environmental governance.
The Assembly will consider an implementation plan on the topic of a pollution-free planet (UNEP / EA.4 / 3), which, among other recommendations, presents specific action areas to advance the results of the UNEA related to pollution in the air, water, land and soil, marine and coastal, and chemical products and pollution residues. To address these and other challenges, participants will analyze innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production (UNEP / EA.4 / 17).
The deliberations will also focus on progress in the implementation of UNEA-3 resolutions related to:
environment and health (UNEP / EA.4 / 7);
management of soil pollution to achieve sustainable development (UNEP / EA.4 / 9);
the progress of the work of the ad hoc open-ended group of experts and the objectives of voluntary commitments, marine litter and microplastics (UNEP / EA.4 / 12 and UNEP / EA.4 / 11);
prevent and reduce air pollution to improve air quality globally (UNEP / EA.4 / 13);
eliminating exposure to lead paint and promoting the environmentally sound management of lead-acid waste batteries (UNEP / EA.4 / 14);
address water pollution to protect and restore water-related ecosystems (UNEP / EA.4 / 15);
sustainable management of coral reefs (UNEP / EA.4 / 23); Y
mitigation and control of pollution in areas affected by armed conflict or terrorism (UNEP / EA.4 / 5).
Other issues to be addressed by the Assembly include: the final evaluation of the Fourth Program for Development and the Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Program IV of Montevideo) and the proposals for a future program (UNEP / EA.4 / 19); and the proposed work program and budget for the biennium 2020-2021 (UNEP / EA.4 / 4).
UNEA-4 is expected to launch two key publications: the Sixth Global Environment Outlook Report (GEO-6), almost seven years after GEO-5’s UNEP publication; and Global Resources Outlook 2019. The summary for policy makers of the second edition of Global Chemicals Outlook will also be reviewed by the Assembly.
Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.