A Global response to Pollution

To fight the pervasive impact of pollution on society, the world’s ministers of environment, gathered at the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2017, expressed their political commitment to working towards a pollution-free planet. Governments also adopted Resolutions targeting specific aspects of pollution: air quality, water pollution, soil pollution, marine litter and microplastics, chemicals and wastes. An Implementation Plan was devised, cutting across all these resolutions, with the aim to promote accelerated action, enhance capacities to address pollution and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Environment Assembly has welcomed the Plan and recognized it as the key vehicle for prompt implementation. It has encouraged all Member States and relevant stakeholders to contribute to its effective implementation.

Pollution related UNEA resolutions

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SDGs related to Pollution

Cleaner environments improve worker health and productivity and increase the number of days worked.

Better soil quality and uncontaminated land will reap higher quality harvests and help protect humanity’s food sources.

Action on pollution substantially reduces the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.

A clean environment enables high-quality education, and education enables acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development and lifestyles.

Pollution reduction can promote gender equality, for example through reduced burden of fetching clean water, cleaner indoor air quality and better health.

Addressing the contamination of water sources will help provide clean water and sanitation for all.

The development and dissemination of affordable, clean and efficient sources of energy and transport are key to cleaning the air.

Improved worker health and well-being and toxin-free workspaces lead to increased productivity and economic growth.

Pollution avoidance through the adoption of green technologies and ecosystem-based solutons fosters innovation and sustainability in the industry and infrastructure sectors.

Pollution governance and actions can ensure that no group or community bears a disproportionate share of the harmful effects of pollution.

Sustainable transport, waste management, buildings and industry lead to cleaner air in cities.

Proper management and disposal of chemicals and waste, and reduced food losses contribute to sustainable consumption and production practices.

Clean energy and low-carbon policies reduce air pollution and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Plastic and chemical pollution is causing great harm to all marine life and threatens life below water.

Thriving ecosystems require clean land and water sources. Tackling pollution is essential to protecting life on land.

Good Pollution-related governance reduces environmental burdens and injustices and can enhance the availability of 'saved' resources for the undeserved.

Global partnerships to address pollution can have positive impacts on health, jobs, worker productivity the environment and well-being.