Global Environmental Summit Set to Address Escalating Planet Threats

Nairobi is poised to host over 6,000 delegates towards the end of the month for the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6), where pressing challenges facing the planet will take center stage alongside proposed solutions.

Scheduled from February 26 to March 1 at the UNEP headquarters in Gigiri, the assembly will bring together representatives from 193 UN member states, including heads of state, ministers of environment, and other high-ranking officials, to deliberate on effective, inclusive, and sustainable multilateral actions to combat climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution.

Kenya’s Environment CS Soipan Tuya emphasized the country’s commitment to hosting the UNEA every two years as the global headquarters of UNEP, showcasing Kenya’s leadership role in addressing environmental issues.

The assembly will feature discussions on various critical topics including mining, water usage, sustainable finance, solar radiation modification, and the global biodiversity framework, with more than 20 draft resolutions and two draft decisions up for consideration.

UNEP’s Executive Director, Inger Andersen, highlighted the urgent need for global action to address what she termed as the triple planetary crisis – climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Despite ongoing challenges, Andersen pointed out significant milestones achieved in environmental policy, including progress in curbing plastic pollution and operationalizing funds for loss and damage.

UNEA-6 aims to build upon the outcomes of previous assemblies, such as UNEA-5 held in 2022, which concluded with the adoption of 14 resolutions aimed at combating the triple planetary crisis and advancing sustainable development goals.

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