Friday, June 27, 2014

Mongolia chairs UN Environmental Assembly

The first-ever United Nations Environmental Assembly is being hosted in Nairobi, Kenya, where more than 150 high-level delegations are addressing environmental sustainability challenges, including green economy financial mechanisms, the illegal trade of wild animals and plants, sustainable environmental consumption, as well as development outlooks through 2015.

Minister of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia, S.Oyun, who was elected the president of the U.N. Environmental Assembly, the highest-level U.N. body every convened on the environment, told the opening session on Monday that a shift toward more environmentally sound policies is a prerequisite for sustainable development.

Achim Steiner, head of the U.N. Environmental Program, said the world’s changing environment — including climate change, pollution and land degradation — shows that the world’s economy needs to be reinvented or progress will suffer, according to the Associated Press.

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