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Celebrating Success and Commitment: Reflections on UNEA-6 and the Path Ahead

In the wake of the sixth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-6), heartfelt appreciation is extended to everyone who dedicated long hours and unwavering commitment to advancing solutions for the triple planetary crisis. Special gratitude goes to Minister Leila Benali for her outstanding leadership as President of UNEA-6, and sincere thanks to the gracious hosts, Kenya, President William Samoei Ruto, and Excellency Soipan Tuya. The collaborative efforts across UNEA, the Committee of Permanent Representatives, and the entire United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Office in Nairobi (UNON) are commendable, resulting in the successful gaveling of 15 resolutions and two decisions.
The resolutions cover crucial aspects of the triple planetary crisis, addressing issues such as securing metals and minerals for the net-zero transition, environmental protection during and after conflicts, and enhanced actions on chemicals, waste, sand, and dust storms. UNEA-6 also witnessed the gaveling of resolutions focusing on desertification, land restoration, and a ministerial declaration reaffirming the international community's commitment to combat climate change, restore nature, and foster a pollution-free world.
Despite the challenges in negotiations, the spirit of multilateralism prevailed, fostering respectful dialogue and the pursuit of common ground. UNEA-6 facilitated crucial conversations, particularly highlighted by the engagement of youth, civil society, indigenous peoples, international organizations, scientists, and the private sector. The Multilateral Environmental Agreement Day marked a significant milestone, uniting powerful conventions and agreements under the UNEA tent.
As UNEP assumes the responsibilities entrusted by these resolutions, the call to action resonates strongly. With much work ahead, including participation in key conventions and COPs, such as those on plastic pollution and the Summit of the Future, the world is urged to embrace real, lasting change. UNEA-6 has provided an essential boost towards achieving a safe and healthy environment for every person on the planet, reinforcing the collective commitment to a sustainable future. Gratitude is extended, and a warm welcome awaits the incoming President of UNEA-7, Your Excellency Abdullah Bin Ali Amri, Chairman of the Environment Authority of Oman. The journey continues, fueled by the imperative for impactful global action.

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  • Grace Njeri

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    Together we can all do something substantial to our planet.

    • Jane Wangui

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      This is quite encouraging...these are the kind of people we need in our planet to ensure safety of our planet at large.

      • Chris Ndungu

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        Kudos to everyone who made this assembly a memorable & a success.

        • Joseph Githinji

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          Cheers to all who made this assembly a success.

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