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
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
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
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
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
13 MARCH 2019
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.