World pledges to protect polluted, degraded planet as it adopts blueprint for more sustainable future

World pledges to protect polluted, degraded planet as it adopts blueprint for more sustainable future

  • At a meeting of the world’s top environmental body, ministers lay groundwork for a new model of development to protect planet’s degraded resources
  • Ministers agree to tackle environmental crisis through innovation and sustainable consumption and production
  • Delegates commit to significantly reduce single-use plastic products by 2030
  • Fourth UN Environment Assembly takes place in sombre atmosphere after crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi on Sunday

Nairobi, 15 March 2019 — The world today laid the groundwork for a radical shift to a more sustainable future, where innovation will be harnessed to tackle environmental challenges, the use of throwaway plastics will be significantly reduced, and development will no longer cost the earth.

After five days of talks at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, ministers from more than 170 United Nations Member States delivered a bold blueprint for change, saying the world needed to speed up moves towards a new model of development in order to respect the vision laid out in 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.

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