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In Kenya, the Minister of Environment to sign the global Declaration to reduce pollution

2017-12-05

Currently, the third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) is being held in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, under the banner “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet”. Kęstutis Navickas, Lithuania’s Minister of Environment, takes part in this meeting as well. Together with other environment ministers he will discuss the most urgent global environmental problems and approve the Declaration on Pollution.

“The main focus at UNEA-3 is placed on the resolution of problems caused by pollution of different origin. The growing pollution in sectors is becoming one of the major environmental challenges in the world”, claims Kęstutis Navickas. “To achieve concrete results in the reduction of pollution, efforts must be made to promote sustainable consumption and production, eco-innovations, circular economy, development of new technologies, development of business models promoting the transition to economy based on low-carbon technologies, and sharing the best practices and experience”.

At UNEA-3, minister sessions are held to discuss how the preparation and analysis of scientific evidence could be improved, the consciousness of citizens could be promoted, and how the legal requirements, pollution regulation systems and activities of responsible institutions could be made more effective. The key result of UNEA-3 is the political Declaration on Pollution to be signed by the ministers. This Declaration, which is directly related to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals entrench the universal goal of humankind – to make common efforts to reduce pollution and preserve the planet for future generations.

The United Nations Environment Assembly, which became the supreme UN body adopting environmental decisions, was formed in the first universal session of the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) held in 2013. The UNEA members include 193 states, UN organisations, specialised agencies and intergovernmental organisations, and its activities involve the public at large and the private sector.

Public Relations Division
5 December 2017

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas