UNEA-6 Sparks Global Collaboration for a Sustainable Future

In a resounding call for global cooperation, the sixth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) concluded in Nairobi, Kenya, with Member States unanimously adopting 15 resolutions aimed at addressing the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature loss, and pollution. The week-long assembly, attended by over 5,600 representatives from 190 countries, focused on the need for effective, inclusive, and sustainable multilateral actions to combat the pressing environmental challenges.

This year’s resolutions from UNEA-6 encompass a wide array of crucial topics, including the management of metals, mineral resources, chemicals, and waste, as well as environmental assistance in conflict-affected areas. Integrated water resource management, sustainable lifestyles, and rehabilitation of degraded lands and waters were also at the forefront of discussions, showcasing the assembly’s commitment to comprehensive solutions.

The assembly marked a milestone with the introduction of the first Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA) Day, dedicated to recognizing international agreements vital in addressing global or regional environmental issues. Additionally, UNEA-6 welcomed youth participation, hosting an environmental summit that advocated for greater inter-generational equity.

A Ministerial Declaration on the closing day reiterated Member States’ commitment to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity, and creating a pollution-free world. Leila Benali, UNEA-6 President and the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development of Morocco expressed pride in the successful assembly, emphasizing the human right to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment.

Inger Andersen, UNEP’s Executive Director, highlighted the importance of advancing initiatives to secure metals and minerals for the transition to a net-zero economy, protecting the environment during and after conflicts, and addressing issues related to chemicals, waste, sand, and dust storms. The assembly’s outcomes also addressed desertification, land restoration, and more, signaling a commitment to tackling the triple planetary crisis comprehensively.

UNEA-6 President Leila Benali, in the company of Inger Andersen, and Ms Hawa

As UNEP takes on the responsibilities entrusted by the new resolutions, the urgent need for action, speed, and lasting change was emphasized. The assembly provided a significant boost to address the triple planetary crisis and ensure a safe and healthy environment for every person on the planet.

The newly elected President for UNEA-7, Abdullah Bin Ali Amri of Oman, encouraged teamwork in confronting monumental environmental challenges. With a plea for unity and urgency, he called for collective efforts to safeguard Earth and secure a sustainable future for generations to come.

Data from the 2024 Global Resource Outlook, launched at UNEA-6, underscored the critical need for urgent action to reduce global consumption and production. The Global Waste Management Outlook 2024 also warned of the potential doubling of the world’s waste pile by 2050 without a shift towards a circular economy and zero-waste approaches. A UNEP report on Used Heavy Duty Vehicles and the Environment sounded the alarm on rising emissions and their detrimental impact on climate and health.

As Member States agreed to convene UNEA-7 in December 2025, the legacy of UNEA-6 serves as a testament to the power of collaboration in addressing the interconnected challenges facing our planet. The urgency for collective action echoed throughout the assembly, reinforces the call for a sustainable and resilient future for Earth and its inhabitants.

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