World's most powerful environmental leaders to meet in Nairobi over pollution
A young boy scoops water from a hand-dug well in the dry riverbed near Matinyani, in the semi-arid Kitui County in southeastern Kenya, Mar.22, 2015. EPA-EFE FILE/DAI KUROKAWA
Nairobi, Dec 4, (efe-epa).- More than 100 ministers of environment from all over the world are participating on Monday in the Third Environment Assembly of the United Nations in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to tackle pollution.
UNEA-3, which is to take place through Dec. 6, aims to reach a political declaration on pollution, resolutions and voluntary commitments adopted by UN Member States.
Around 12.6 million people die annually due to various kinds of environmental pollution, according to the World Health Organization.
UNEA-3 is to host events on the sidelines of the assembly to address all forms of pollution.
At least 7,000 delegates from around the world have gathered to find effective solutions for waste disposed of in water, about two billion tons per day, which in turn causes the deaths of nearly 4,000 children daily due to water pollution diseases.
The vast, growing amount of waste produced by human beings and the lack of action towards this issue has led to more than eight million tons of plastic entering the oceans every year.
The world's oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050 "unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles," according to a UN Environmental Program report issued earlier this year.