Nairobi Roundtable On Environment

I am looking forward to the outcome of this week’s International Media Roundtable Discussions in Nairobi, Kenya. When more than 200 ministers of environment, scientists, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society groups get together for six days (17-22 February), it is to be expected that they will come up with a new way to deal with the impact the environment problems have to all life on earth. I expect that they will give me new scientific information and ideas on how the world could work more effectively together to solve problems which have a profound impact to our life now and in the future. The focus of the roundtable discussion are on priority and emerging global environment issues based on an up-to-date information from scientific research on climate change for example. And experts on international environment crime surely could suggest new policy information on poaching or illegal logging that are related to cross border smuggling of weapons, drugs and people. I wait to hear the result of the cooperation between Interpol and governments to find solutions for this major threat to international security and environmental sustainability. Civil society and people around the world are worried about the world-wide rise of Endocrine-related diseases and disorders such as birth defects, genital malformations, fertility problems, adverse pregnancy outcomes, learning disabilities and cancers. WHO and UNEP have given us evidence of the impact that endocrines have on human health, wild-life population and environment. It is to be expected that the result of the roundtable discussion will give us new ideas on how to manage dangerous endocrine disrupters which is found in many industrial and consumer products. The world is waiting to hear the result of UNEP’s initiatives on vehicle and fuel efficiency, the completion of the phasing-out of lead fuel, the information on the impact of black carbon and small particles on our health and environment, and the new global management of mercury. While we wait for the outcome of this important UNEP-organized roundtable that coincided with the First Universal Session of the UNEP Governing Council, I must say that I am happy to see that there is more cooperation from the media to support action around the world that promotes sustainable consumption and production, the safeguarding of our precious natural resources and the environment.

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