GA: Global Pact for the Environment

Statement by Chargé d'affaires Odd-Inge Kvalheim on the adoption of the recommendations by the working group to the Global Pact for the Environment, 30 August 2019.

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The Norwegian delegation would like to add our voice to those expressing satisfaction that we have adopted this resolution.

Our thanks again, to the co-chairs who guided us to this point in our efforts.

The recent reports from the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem services, IPCC and UN Environment's own sixth Global Environment Outlook report all share one overarching finding:

In spite of all we are doing, it is not yet sufficient to stem the overall trajectory in terms of climate change, bio-diversity loss and plastic pollution in our oceans among other things.

Effective environmental governance, which includes implementation, monitoring and yes, enforcement at the appropriate levels must be part of the solution.

Norway will work with member states to implement these recommendations, in particular as it pertains to the fifth United Nations Environment Assembly.

There are aspects, which still require guidance, such as the modalities around the commemoration of fifty years since the establishment of UNEP at the Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm.

On the political declaration, we will work closely with member states in Nairobi and our colleagues in the UNEA Bureau, with the support of the UN Environment secretariat of course to take the next step.

As part of our consistent and longstanding tradition of working for global action for sustainable action, Norway is committed to working for a declaration, which galvanises the political will required for us to step up the action needed to address the global environmental challenges we all face.

Thank you.