The United Nations’ Environment Programme is to invite a world’s environment ministers meeting to create a “parliament for the environment.”
UNEP said that the UN Environment Assembly is the world’s “de facto parliament for the environment.” However, it has no constitutional role in a government.
The aim is to allow environment ministers to urge their governments ot agree on common policies. The meeting has 21 proposed resolutions on the table for issues including illegal wildlife trade, plastic in the oceans and whaling in Southeast Asia.
The ministers and their deputies in the meeting will receive a report compiled by 1,203 scientists. The report is a compilation of six separate regional reports for the UNEP regarding the environment and issues that matter in their region and its effects on other regions.
The report would talk about consumer spending in regards to energy consumption, a resource boom from $21 to $56 trillion by 2030 due to East Asian growth.
Meanwhile, UNEP is calling for technology development enabling decoupling economic growth from resource consumption.
The report calls it the greatest health risk to Europeans, with outdoor pollutants such as ozone and particulates killing 500,000 people prematurely per year, and indoor pollution killing another 100,000.
In Africa, indoor air pollution, mainly from cooking, kills 600,000 people a year. In east Asia, pollution controls have made some improvements, but overall, levels are still rising along with prosperity, with short-lived pollutants such as carbon particles and methane killing 153 people per 100,000 per year.