UNEP Pollution Campaign
Pollution touches all parts of the planet and it’s the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. It affects our health through the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. The WHO estimates that 23 per cent of all deaths worldwide – amounting to 12.6 million in 2012 -are due to environmental risks. With the end goal to eradicate all forms of pollution by 2030, the UN Environment Programme was tasked by the UN Environment Assembly to coordinate the implementation of a global plan “Towards a pollution-free planet”. Addressing pollution is not only an environmental priority, it’s a priority for the achievement of the SDGs.
Beat Pollution related campaigns and initiatives
UNEP – Toward Pollution Free Planet Ministerial Declaration of the United Nation Environmental Assembly
Pollution is pervasive and poses a direct threat to human health and the environment. Various forms of pollution are found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on. The UN Environment Programme is working with governments, business and civil society to Beat Pollution. To this end, the Implementation Plan Towards a Pollution Free Planet, which was welcomed at the fourth United Nations Environment Assembly, identified five key action areas for addressing the gaps and challenges associated with pollution: Knowledge, Implementation, Infrastructure, Awareness, and Leadership.
In order to Beat Pollution, governments, businesses, and civil society must have access to the most up to date geo-spatial information, assessments, and tools for evidence-based policy and action. Equipped with this knowledge, we can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by 2030. This website helps to address knowledge and implementation capacity gaps by aggregating such tools and assessments, and empowers policy makers, partners, and stakeholders to address pollution in a responsible and environmentally sound manner.
Waste generation nearly doubled between 1970 and 2000 and continues to grow exponentially. Waste is a global issue, and if not properly dealt with, waste poses a threat to public health and the environment. It is a growing issue linked directly to the way society produces and consumes goods and services, and it concerns everyone.
Waste management is a cross-cutting issue impacting many aspects of society and the economy, and it has strong linkages to a range of other global challenges such as health, climate change, poverty reduction, food and resource security and sustainable production and consumption. The political case for action is significantly strengthened when waste management is viewed as an entry point to address a range of such sustainable development issues, many of which are difficult to tackle.
With the application of modern technologies, best available techniques and best environmental practices, waste can be applied as a resource for which valuable materials and renewable energy resources can be recovered. Waste utilization strengthens the concept of circularity in which very little or no material goes to landfill.
- To see more: https://www.unep.org/beatpollution/
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