The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEA-3) will convene from 4-6 December 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya, under the overarching theme, “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet.”
UNEA-3 aims to deliver a number of tangible commitments to end the pollution of our air, land, waterways, and oceans, and to safely manage chemicals and waste, including a negotiated long-term programme of action against pollution that is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Segment of UNEA-3, which will take place from 5-6 December, is also expected to endorse a political declaration on pollution, aimed at outlining policy measures for, inter alia, addressing pollution to protect human health while protecting the developmental aspirations of current and future generations. The ministerial segment will debut the interactive ‘Leadership Dialogues,’ aimed at providing participants with an opportunity for high-level engagement and discussion on how to achieve a pollution-free planet.
The Ramsar delegation led by Secretary General Martha Rojas Urrego will be making interventions at the following events emphasizing wetlands significant role in pollution control and water purification & detoxification and call to step up the protection, sustainable management and restoration of wetlands as an essential element in policies and actions for a pollution free planet. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is a ready-made mechanism for this – promotes the protection and restoration of fresh water, marine and coastal wetlands from adverse effects such as degradation and pollution and promotes of sustainable use and management of all wetlands.
Meeting of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment
High-level Leadership Dialogues
Practical solutions for a pollution free planet
Dialogue with the heads of the Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements
High-level statements by representatives of intergovernmental organizations
Statement on behalf of the Ramsar Convention
High-level segment International Coral Reef Initiative
What can be done to protect coral reefs and mangroves by 2020 and beyond?
Other UNEA-3 outcomes will include voluntary commitments by governments, private sector entities and civil society organizations to address pollution, and the ‘#BeatPollution Pledge,’ a collection of individual commitments to clean up the planet.
Discussions at UNEA-3 will draw on a background report by the UNEP Executive Director, titled ‘Towards a Pollution-Free Planet.’ The Report explores the latest evidence, as well as responses and gaps in addressing pollution challenges, and outlines opportunities that the 2030 Agenda presents to accelerate action on tackling pollution.