The groundwork for a ‘radical shift' to a more sustainable future was laid in Nairobi last week at a meeting of dozens of the world’s environmental ministers.
After five days of talks at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, ministers from over 170 United Nations Member States outlined a blueprint for change, reaching consensus over how fast the world needs to transition to a low-carbon economy to meet the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.
Noting that they were deeply concerned by mounting evidence that the planet is increasingly polluted, rapidly warming and dangerously depleted, the ministers pledged to address environmental challenges through advancing innovative solutions and adopting sustainable consumption and production patterns.
“We reaffirm that poverty eradication, changing unsustainable and promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production and protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development are the overarching objectives of, and essential requirements for, sustainable development,” the ministers said in a final declaration.
“We will improve national resource management strategies with integrated full lifecycle approaches and analysis to achieve resource-efficient and low-carbon economies,” they said.
The ministers also agreed to a non-binding resolution that could see the end of single use plastic by 2030.