28 February – 2 March 2022.   Nairobi, Kenya

The first session of UNEA-5 (UNEA-5.1) was held online on 22 – 23 February 2021, and the resumed in-person session of UNEA-5 (UNEA-5.2) takes place online and in Nairobi on 28 February – 2 March 2022.

The theme UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”. This highlights the pivotal role nature plays in our lives and in social, economic and environmental sustainable development.

Historic resolution on Plastic Pollution adopted by 175 countries at the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly

These are the 14 resolutions and one decision adopted by the UN Environment Assembly:

  • Resolution to End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument
  • Resolution on an Enhancing Circular Economy as a contribution to achieving sustainable consumption and production
  • Resolution on Sustainable Lake Management
  • Resolution on Nature-based Solutions for Supporting Sustainable Development
  • Resolution on the environmental dimension of a sustainable, resilient and inclusive post COVID-19 recovery
  • Resolution on Biodiversity and Health 
  • Resolution-Animal Welfare – Environment – Sustainable Development Nexus
  • Resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management
  • Resolution on Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure
  • Resolution on the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste
  • Resolution for a Science-Policy Panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution
  • Resolution text on environmental aspects of minerals and metals management
  • Resolution on the Future of the Global Environment Outlook
  • Resolution due regard to the principle of equitable geographical distribution, in accordance with paragraph 3 of article 101 of the Charter of the UN

UN member states have agreed to start international negotiations on drawing up a Global Plastics Treaty that could set rules for production, use and disposal of plastics. The decision was made at a meeting of the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

India at UNEA

Ms. Leena Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in her statement said that India had piloted a resolution on addressing single-use plastic product pollution in the last UNEA in 2019.

India engaged constructively with all member states in UNEA 5.2 to develop consensus on the resolution for driving global action on plastic pollution by setting up of an intergovernmental negotiating committee for a new international legally binding treaty.

India has embarked on the journey to end plastic pollution by taking sound and effective measures through EPR on plastic packaging as well as putting a ban on single-use plastic items having low utility and high littering potential.

Shri Bhupender Yadav
Union Cabinet Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change; and Labour & Employment

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