UNEA adopts India’s resolutions on Single-Use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen Management

Indian Pilots resolutions on Single

Question: Fourth Session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) was organised in which of the following city?
(a) Nairobi
(b) Kinshasa
(c) Cairo
(d) Abidjan
Answer :(a)
Related Facts:

  • In a Significant First, India piloted resolutions on Single-Use Plastics and Sustainable Nitrogen Management at Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).
  • Fourth session of UNEA was held in Nairobi (capital of Kenya) from 11th to 15th March 2019.
  • UNEA adopted both the resolutions with consensus.

Background

  • The Global nitrogen use efficiency is low, resulting in pollution by reactive nitrogen which threatens human health, ecosystem services, contributes to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.
  • Only a small proportion of the plastics produced globally is recycled with most of it damaging the environment and aquatic bio-diversity.
  • The resolutions piloted by India at the UNEA are vital first steps towards addressing these issues and attracting focus of the global community.

Nitrogen

  • Nitrogen is essential to all life on Earth as it forms an important component of life-building and propagating biochemical molecules like proteins.
  • But overuse in agriculture in the form of Fertilizers and other fields have made this important element more bane than boon.
  • This is why many scientists have called nitrogen the “New Carbon”.

Links:
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/unea-adopts-indias-resolutions-on-single-use-plastic-sustainable-nitrogen-management/articleshow/68444026.cms
https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/pollution/annual-un-report-recognises-the-threats-posed-by-nitrogen-pollution-63469

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