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The Minister of Environment mentioned the environmental issues of Cyprus at the UN Summit

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    The work of the 6th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly – UNEA-6, held in Nairobi, Kenya between February 26 – March 1.

    As reported by the GPO, this Summit discussed issues related to effective, inclusive and sustainable actions to address theof climate change, loss of biodiversity and pollution and waste.The Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Maria Panagiotou participated in the Summit, who in her speech highlighted the important work of UNEA and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to collectively address environmental threats, climate change, biodiversity and pollution, taking into account the importance of effectively dealing with all the environmental challenges facing the planet.

    The Cypriot Minister mentioned thatthe climate crisis has no “borders”and that our inalienable right to live in a safe and healthy environment concerns everyone and requires immediate action. He also referred to the environmental issues facing Cyprus such as the reduction of rainfall and drought, desertification and threats to biodiversity and emphasized that Cyprus supports taking collective measures to address them.

    Recognizing the imperative need for sustainable multilateral action based on our obligations to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, Ms. Panagiotou emphasized Cyprus' support as an EU Member State, to the EU's agreed positions, as well as our determination to achieve the high environmental goals at a global level, priorities that are also defined in the governance program.

    During the Summit, a significant number of international decisions concerning 15 thematic areas, as well as two declarations, were adopted. Specifically, these concern important environmental issues such as water management, air pollution, chemical and waste management, combating desertification and soil degradation, ocean protection, etc., which states should negotiate to turn them into binding international conventions.

    An important UNEA-6 Ministerial Declaration was also adopted, through which governments, multilateral environmental agreements and international organizations are invited to strengthen their cooperation with the United Nations Environment Assembly to effectively and inclusively implement its actions and commitments.

    The next Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly – UNEA-7 will be held in Kenya on 8-12 December 2025.

    Source: cyprustimes.com

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