Ministry Of The Environment And Water Resources
Press Release 13 Mar 2019

MR MASAGOS ZULKIFLI, MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES, TO ATTEND THE 4TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY (UNEA-4) IN NAIROBI, KENYA, FROM 14 TO 15 MARCH 2019

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MR MASAGOS ZULKIFLI, MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES, TO ATTEND THE 4TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT ASSEMBLY (UNEA-4) IN NAIROBI, KENYA, FROM 14 TO 15 MARCH 2019

              

1. Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, will be in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14 to 15 March 2019 to attend the High-Level Segment of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).

 

2. Minister Masagos Zulkifli will deliver Singapore’s National Statement and join over 80 environment ministers and high-level representatives to discuss current and emerging global environmental issues.

 

3. The UNEA is the United Nations’ key decision-making body on global environment issues. The theme of UNEA-4 is “Innovative Solutions for Environment Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production”. UNEA-4 is expected to adopt decisions and/or resolutions on issues such as sustainable consumption and production, food waste management, and marine litter and microplastics. UNEA-4 is also expected to adopt a Ministerial Declaration. 

 

4. Minister Masagos Zulkifli will be accompanied by officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the National Environment Agency.

 

 

MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

13 MARCH 2019

 

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About the United Nations Environment Programme

 

The UNEP was created in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly to coordinate environmental matters within the UN system and set the global environmental agenda.

 

The UNEP has been instrumental in establishing multilateral environmental agreements, such as the Vienna Convention for the protection of the ozone layer, the Basel Convention on hazardous wastes, and the recently concluded Minamata Convention on mercury management. The UNEP also spearheaded the establishment of other Conventions, such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The UNEP, in partnership with the World Meteorological Organisation, also established the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the global body on climate science.

 

In 2012, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the international community agreed to strengthen and upgrade the UNEP. The UNEP’s governing body was renamed the “United Nations Environment Assembly of the UNEP” or UNEA and expanded from just 58 members to universal membership of all UN member states. While all UN member states can participate in the UNEA, only accredited members can become part of the Committee of Permanent Representatives, the key body that shapes the agenda and decisions of the UNEA.

 

Singapore was accredited to the UNEP on 15 February 2016. The Government appointed Mr Hazri Hassan, Director of International Policy at the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, as Singapore’s first Non-Resident Permanent Representative to the UNEP.

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