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UN Environment Assembly

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UN Environment Assembly


What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: UNEA- composition, objectives, functions, meetings and themes.


Context: The Fourth Environment Assembly was held in Nairobi, focusing on the theme “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”.


About UN Environment Assembly:

  1. The United Nations Environment Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. It addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today.
  2. The Environment Assembly meets biennially to set priorities for global environmental policies and develop international environmental law.
  3. The Assembly is the governing body of the UN Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the successor of its Governing Council, which was composed of 58 member States. The UN Environment Assembly, with a universal membership, is now composed of 193 Member States.


History of the United Nations Environment Assembly:

The United Nations Environment Assembly was created in June 2012, when world leaders called for UN Environment to be strengthened and upgraded during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as RIO+20.


Previous sessions and outcomes:

  1. The first and second sessions of the UN Environment Assembly tackled and adopted resolutions on major issues of illegal trade in wildlife, air quality, environmental rule of law, financing the Green Economy, the Sustainable Development Goals, and “delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
  2. The Third Environment Assembly took place in Nairobi in December 2017 under the overarching theme “Towards a pollution-free planet”.