Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I very much look forward to your participation in the upcoming UN Environment Assembly. As the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, this historic Assembly, with its theme on Innovative Solutions to Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production, will give us the framework for shifting our global economic systems towards more sustainable trajectories that tackle our environmental challenges and bring us closer to the ‘future we want’.
We are on a journey that we must make together. The findings of the latest global environmental assessments that indicate our Planet is increasingly polluted, rapidly warming and quickly losing its biodiversity, are deeply concerning.
As never before, the time to act is now. We know we can build more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive societies with sustainable consumption and production patterns that address our environmental challenges and leave no one behind. But we will need to create the enabling conditions for this to happen. And we will need to do things differently.
The 2019 Assembly will bring us together to build the policies, partnerships and a culture of innovation that will support the solutions and systemic change needed for sustainability to thrive. We will need to invest in education for the green-collared jobs of the future and we will need to channel sustainable finance towards the green investments that accelerate innovation.
We have three areas of focus: (a) tackling the environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss; (b) introducing life-cycle approaches to resource efficiency, energy, chemicals and waste management; (c) ensuring sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.
In the Assembly and the events around it, we are determined to ambitiously scale-up our efforts to tackle common environmental challenges through fostering sustainable and efficient resource management; ensuring the access and use of environmental data; engaging civil society, citizens, private sector and academia. If we achieve our aims, I have no doubt that this Assembly will have a positive impact on society, the global economy and the environment for the months, years and generations to come.
Once again, I look forward to welcoming you to Nairobi!
I am excited to invite you to Nairobi, Kenya, for the fourth UN Environment Assembly in a few short months. As the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, the Environment Assembly brings together governments, entrepreneurs, activists and others to share ideas and commit to action. The 2019 Assembly will take place from 11 to 15 March 2019.
It is clear that multilateralism has evolved and the Environment Assembly offers us a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives, choices and behaviours.
I hope that you will join us in this vibrant and exciting dialogue to showcase and deliberate on the solutions we need for our planet’s health.
I look forward to welcoming you to Nairobi!