World Animal Protection Welcomes United Nations Environment Assembly Resolutions

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World Animal Protection Welcomes United Nations Environment Assembly Resolutions

March 2nd, 2024. Nairobi. World Animal Protection – a global animal welfare organization commends the sixth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-

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March 2nd, 2024. Nairobi. World Animal Protection – a global animal welfare organization commends the sixth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) on steering negotiations that resulted to the adoption of 15 resolutions to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.

From the assembly, we welcome two resolutions. The first is, UNEP/EA.6/L.11 resolution which focuses on promoting sustainable lifestyles. This resolution underscores the role of private sector and industry, local authorities, local communities, and Indigenous people in supporting more sustainable lifestyles.

It further recognizes that adequate individual education and skills can further accelerate collective efforts for sustainable consumption and production and promote more sustainable lifestyles.

The second is UNEP/EA.6/L.16 resolution, which focuses on effective and inclusive solutions for strengthening water policies.

This resolution emphasises the integration of the One Health approach into intergovernmental processes and development strategies at all levels, highlighting the interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health.

Tennyson Williams, Director for Africa at World Animal Protection said: These two resolutions touches on one of our strategic focus area- The Food Systems Campaign. The resolutions draw our attention to how we grow, trade, and consume our food and the need to re-evaluate the whole process especially on industrial livestock production systems to feed the world.

The resolutions should awaken nations to create and implement policies that promote safe food production for sustainable lifestyles. Consumers on their end, should be on high alert to demand for food from higher welfare farms that practice good life stands safe for animals, humans, and the environment.”

Despite the progress made, World Animal Protection strongly feels that the explicit role of animal welfare in tackling climate crisis dropped in UNEA – 6 compared to the previous one and if not checked, it may Waterdown previous milestones achieved. World Animal Protection urges UNEA to reconsider the space of Animal welfare in future sessions and calls on United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to expedite the implementation of Resolution UNEP/EA.5/Res.1 adopted two years ago on the nexus between Animal Welfare and climate change .This is vital considering animals’ crucial role in the global ecosystem and their contributions to addressing the triple planetary crisis.

World Animal Protection is open to work with governments, producers, and communities to realize the adopted resolutions in all the United Nations Environmental Assemblies.

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