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Lao delegates attended the Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi

Lao delegates attended the Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-15 March, 2019.

         On March 11-15, 2019 Lao delegation led by Madam Bounkham Vorachit, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Lao PDR attended the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) which was held in Nairobi, Kenya under  the  theme  “Innovative  solutions  to  environmental challenges  and  sustainable  consumption  and  production (SCP)” consisted of President, Prime Minister and Environment Ministers participated and its related in these events, from 170 Member States and 204 intergovernmental organizations totally more than 4,000 participants. The United Nations Environment Assembly was created in June 2012 and it is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment by addresses the critical environmental challenges facing the world today. The first and second sessions of the UN Environment Assembly was a success with the adoption in 2014 of a Ministerial Outcome Document (MOD) that called for the achievement of
“an ambitious, universal implementable and realizable Post-2015 Development Agenda” that integrated all the dimensions of sustainable development for “the protection of the environment and the promotion of inclusive social and economic development in harmony with nature”. Followed by third Environment Assembly under the overarching theme “Towards a pollution-free planet” in 2017 and the Fourth Environment Assembly focusing on the theme “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”.
     At the opening ceremony of the UNEA-4, Minister of Environment Estonia elected as a President has stressed the importance of taking stock of the world’s collective efforts to address sustainable development and invited all participants to focus on scaling up efforts to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges. The president also highlighted a proposal in the draft Ministerial Declaration on the development which aims at communicating the environmental cost of unsustainable consumption and production models and the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6)

At conference, delegates shared their national actions and experiences of implementing solutions to SCP, discussed progress within the region on attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provided their perspectives on draft UNEA resolutions which addressed issues such as marine plastic waste, ecosystem protection, sustainable infrastructure, dust storms, and waste management. During the ministerial segment, they took part in two high-level panels addressing policy support and financing, respectively.

Lao PDR reaffirmed  strongly commitment in implementing the result of this assembly, which addressed in the statement of Madam Vice Minister  to the Ministerial Declaration including six commitments, the GEO 6 and SPM key messages in addressing and overcoming present and future challenge  and adopted 11 resolution and 3 decision and informed the participants about the policies, vision and the development plan of Lao PDR and making further collaborating with the world’s community, by set up the coordinating mechanism on natural resources management and environmental protection at the macro level as well as laid down legal framework, policies and long term strategies by mainstreaming into its immediate and long-term national socio-economic development plan into the green sustainable development at the national and provincial levels. In her statement, she also informed the participants that, Lao PDR is the first country to host a joint mission national workshop of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to ensure complementarity and coherence in its programming plans for supporting the ambitious climate action, green sustainable development by targeting to reduce the environmental issue in Lao PDR.

The Assembly will be conducted until March 15 to consider the Ministerial Declaration at the UN Environment Assembly and “One Planet Summit” theme on Environmental challenges related to poverty and natural resources management, including sustainable food systems, food security and halting biodiversity loss; and Innovative sustainable business development at a time of rapid technological change.

 

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