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  • Santhiya Ananth

Children & Youth's environmental priorities for UN Environment Assembly 6


UNEA 6 : What is ahead? : Children & Youth Consultation Inputs

Policy Coordination Group, June 27, 2023, 1600 UTC

Questions: What are the new themes that you think should be addressed in UNEA-6? How can existing resolutions (UNEA5) be implemented with maximum efficiency?

Note: Points that have not been addressed in previous UNEA are highlighted in blue.


Stakeholders, Partnerships

  1. Broadened stakeholder engagement

  2. Enhanced youth engagement

  3. Strengthening international cooperation, partnerships, and knowledge sharing to address shared environmental challenge

  4. ACE elements on Environmental Affairs: Education, Public Awareness, Training, Public Participation, Public Access to Information, International Cooperation

  5. Technical and Vocational Education and Training for nature

  6. Reforming environmental multilateralism beyond 2030 SDGs

  7. Capacity building training for youth

  8. Cross sector and age capacity building and partnership

  9. Invest in women's capacities and skills more and include women in all and different stages of decision making and implementation

  10. Collaboration with indigenous people


  1. Light & noise pollution - connection also with changing/disturbing animals/birds movement/migrations patterns,

  2. Pollution and its impact on migration and socio-economic activities within rural based communities

  3. Electromagnetic pollution

  4. Community awareness through possible solutions on hazardous waste management

  5. Air pollution, especially chemical pollution

  6. Plastic action

  7. Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

  8. Chemical compounds : PFAS and DDT, and plastic litters

  9. Lead paint, lead in drinking water

  10. Agricultural runoff - water and nutrient pollution

  11. Decade actions of environmental conservation of collecting on plastic litters

Environmental Law

  1. Legally binding instruments which reflect all environmental legal principles

  2. Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities

Support for Global South

  1. Comprehensive support on LDCs and SIDSs

  2. Funds for Global South for Disaster risk reduction and education

  3. Finance for capacity building for Global South

Social Perspectives

  1. Social dimensions of sustainability, and inclusion of equality

  2. Impact of environmental pollution on mental health

  3. Fostering a mechanism to define & preserve indigenous cultures and traditions

  4. Natural disasters caused displacements

  5. Lessons from local practice

  6. Bottom-Up approach application in addressing needs and gaps

Conflicts & Peacebuilding

  1. Impact of war on the environment and how to mitigate it

  2. Redefining and reevaluation of conflicts and global points of dispute, in respect with the new revelations of climate science.

  3. Environmental Security risks, How environmental problems can impact human security what are solutions to resolve Environmental conflicts to promote peacebuilding


  1. Faith as an instrumental key to reconnect religion with region, introducing a religious aspect and understanding of climate change.

  2. Enshrining {through religiously appropriate means} the understanding is "Natural guardianship is a form of worship"

Water, Ocean

  1. Maritime decarbonization and maritime youth workforce ensuring a just transition

  2. Balancing Green and Blue-based climate action to meet the 2030 deadline

  3. Groundwater conservation

Science, Tech

  1. Promoting innovation and technological advancements as key drivers of sustainable development

  2. Strategic foresight

  3. AI & environment : sustainable AI practices (AI consumes significant amounts of energy and contributes to carbon emissions, so finding ways to it's reduce energy usage)

  4. Technology investment for environmental collaboration

Climate Change

  1. Climate finance as a separate tool, or integrating climate finance into all functional systems of UNEP

  2. How climate change affects poultry

  3. Climate justice and inter-generational equity

  4. Fossil Non-Proliferation Treaty

  5. Loss and damage

  6. Building of infrastructure to carry out climate research

  7. Increased infrastructure for Climate education integrated in national curricula

  8. Fostering a mechanism to define & preserve indigenous cultures and traditions UNCHANGED, specially for climate refugees as "Culture sans frontier"

  9. Climate change education


  1. Circular Economy

  2. Sustainable tourism/travel

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