For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was equated to imposing costs on industry and curbing economic growth. Global trends are demonstrating that this is no longer the case. Increasingly, for anyone concerned about prosperity and the welfare of current and future generations, it has become clear that sustainable development is the only form of development that makes sense, including in financial and economic terms. Investing in green technologies is a strategy for long-term profitability and prosperity for all.
Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, presents his report to the third session of the UN Environment Assembly.
The report, Towards a pollution-free planet (issued as official document UNEP/EA.3/25) lays out an ambitious framework for international action to tackle pollution. Five key messages underpin this framework:
The report will be available in all UN languages in late October.
EA.3/25: Towards a Pollution Free Planet - Report of the Executive Director
The recommendations contained in the report are supported by evidence set out in a substantive background report, prepared by UN Environment experts and scientists. The development of this report benefited from a consultative process involving UN Member States, civil society groups, academics and other stakeholders, who submitted inputs. In addition, the High-Level Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Advisory Group of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) reviewed the report and provided substantive comments.