Philippines participates in a landmark agreement aimed at eradicating plastic pollution

The Philippines joined other countries in adopting the historic resolution to end plastic pollution at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) in Nairobi from February 28 to March 2, 2022. Photo: The statements from the Philippines were delivered via pre-recorded message by DENR OIC Jim O. Sampulna

The Philippines joined other countries in adopting the landmark resolution to end plastic pollution during the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly's (UNEA-5.2) resumed session in Nairobi from February 28 to March 2, 2022.

The resolution kicks off developing a legally binding international agreement to end plastic pollution by addressing the entire lifecycle of plastic products, from manufacturing to design to disposal. The resolution sets a completion date of 2024 for the new agreement.

The UNEP@50 Special Session, commemorating 50 years of the United Nations Environment Programme's work, was held concurrently with UNEA-5.2 (UNEP).

The two events drew 3,000 participants in person and 1,500 online from 175 UN Member States, including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, other African Heads of State, environment ministers, and other senior officials.

UNEA-5.2 adopted 14 resolutions, two declarations, and one decision on various environmental issues.

The UNEP is the world's leading environmental authority, setting the global environmental agenda with 193 Member States, civil society representatives, business leaders, and other major groups and stakeholders. It is headquartered in Nairobi, the world's only United Nations headquarters in the global south.

UNEA's next session, UNEA-6, will occur in Nairobi in 2024.  —Tacloban News Update (Source:  Philippine Embassy in Nairobi)

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