A moment of silence in memory of the people lost after the Ethiopian Airlines 302 crash.
The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) opened in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday. Delegates established a Committee of the Whole (COW), which convened in the afternoon to continue negotiations on draft resolutions that had not been agreed by the end of the fourth Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-4).
Opening the Assembly, UNEA-4 President Siim Valmar Kiisler (Estonia) invited delegates to observe a minute of silence in honor of the 157 people who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, while en route to Nairobi.
The meeting established two working groups and three contact groups to complete negotiation of all outstanding resolutions that had not been finalized at the OECPR the previous week, and delegates proceeded to continue their discussions on issues including sustainable consumption and production (SCP), deforestation, biodiversity, gender equality, deforestation, and marine litter and microplastics.
A keynote address by Keriako Tobiko, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Forestry and the Environment, Kenya, describing Kenya’s various initiatives to move towards a more sustainable economy, including efforts to eliminate single-use plastics;
An address by Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, marking the 30th anniversary of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal;
Agreement on a draft resolution on rangelands and pastoralism, proposed by the African Group; and
Discussion on improving work processes around the organization of future UNEA conferences.
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from OECPR-4 and UNEA-4, which is available in HTML and PDF.
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