This article was contributed by Amina LEBNANE of FCC partner IASP 

Following a week-long gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, the sixth UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) concluded with significant strides in addressing the interconnected challenges of climate change, nature loss, and pollution. With over 5,600 delegates representing 190 countries, discussions cantered on fostering collaborative action to mitigate environmental degradation and promote sustainability on a global scale.

Throughout the assembly, delegates deliberated on a range of issues, from resource management to environmental assistance in conflict zones. Indeed, the adoption of 15 resolutions testifies to a shared commitment to tackling pressing environmental issues and advancing multilateral cooperation.

Among the key highlights were the recognition of the essential role of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) in driving collective action, and the reaffirmation of member states’ commitment to combating climate change and protecting biodiversity. Furthermore, reports published during the event highlighted the critical need for concerted action to move towards sustainable practices and preserve the health of our planet.

On the other hand, Abdullah Bin Ali Amri, Chairman of the Environmental Authority of Oman, was elected as the new Chairman of UNEA-7, marking thus a commitment to global environmental governance and cooperation. As the meeting drew to a close, attention turned to the urgent need of addressing resource extraction and waste management.

Looking ahead, the next United Nations Environment Assembly, scheduled for December 2025, will be an opportunity to strengthen collaboration and take decisive steps towards a more sustainable future for all.

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