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Innovative Actions Towards a Pollution Free Planet
March 12 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) special side event, Innovative actions towards a pollution free-planet: Implementing the UNEA-3 resolution on soil pollution brings together governments, private sector and civil society partners to share ideas and lessons learned on innovative, impactful and replicable solutions to prevent and reduce soil pollution.
Human development and well-being are rooted in healthy soils, which ensure the provision of nutritious food and clean water, the regulation of nutrients and heat cycles, the habitat for uncountable organisms, and provide us with fiber, fuel and pharmaceutical compounds, among other functions. However, they are threatened by a hidden menace: soil pollution.
Soil pollution is one of the greatest environmental problems of our time, even though it has long been neglected. It transcends borders and poses a serious risk to human health and well-being, food safety and security, and to the environment as a whole, endangering the achievement of the 2030 sustainable agenda. For these reasons, the prevention, reduction and remediation of soil pollution requires a joint effort from all stakeholders. The UN Environment, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), and the World Health Organization (WHO) are advancing the directives set forth under the UNEA-3 resolution on combatting soil pollution.
Solutions to most pollution issues are well-known and eminently feasible. Integrated pest and fertility management, effluent treatment plants, sustainable circular economy to revalue waste, safe production techniques and guidance and application of pollution standards for small and medium enterprises are some clear examples. However, these measures have to be coupled with significant changes in consumption and production patterns.
The objective of this event is to highlight the importance of addressing soil pollution through innovative solutions in the context of food safety, the environment and human health and identify effective ways to scale up these actions. Discussions will focus on:
- A future without action: the threat of soil pollution for the sustainable agenda;
- Actions towards a better understanding of the global status of soil pollution;
- Implications of innovative solutions for human health and the environment: the role of the circular economy;
- Enabling a policy environment to address soil pollution
- Innovations from the agro-industry
- Sustainable Soil Management and natural approaches to prevent and remediate soil pollution
This event is co-organized by CropLife International, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, UN Environment and the International Fertilizer Association.