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Environmental ministers, experts and business executives will meet in Nairobi early December to discuss strategies of fighting pollution and also make global commitments to ecological protection, the UN environmental agency said Monday.

The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said the Dec. 2-6 UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will focus on how to beat pollution, a major driver of climate change and species extinction.

“Member states will issue a clear call at the assembly for tougher action to clean up our land, air and seas, with recommendations for how we can make the world a safer, cleaner place for all,” UNEP said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

The inaugural UNEA was held in Nairobi in June 2014 following a unanimous decision by UN member states to upgrade UNEP status.

In December, representatives from governments, multilateral agencies, private sector and civil society will discuss a range of topics like air quality, marine litter, soil pollution, human health and protecting the environment from terrorism.

“We need to beat pollution before it beats us. That means being able to breathe in our cities, keeping dangerous chemical out of the food chain and stopping our oceans from being transformed into a plastic soup,” said Erik Solheim, head of UNEP.

The meeting comes amid a warning by the UN of growing threat to human life, economies and ecosystems from rampant pollution.

“Resolutions expected to cover air quality, marine litter, soil pollution, human health and protecting the environment from terrorism,” UNEP said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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