Assembly Inputs: Fourth Session of United Nations Environment Assembly (UN Environment Programme)

In line with the upcoming Fourth Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly – with the theme “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production” – which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from 11-15 March 2019, I submitted the following inputs on behalf of the Universal Versatile Society. The collated inputs from all Member states and stakeholders will lead to the development of an initial outline for the Ministerial Declaration in the said Assembly. The UN Environment Assembly is headed by the Minister of Environment of Estonia, H.E. Siim Kiisler.


I. Ecological Awareness and Actions

Ecology is the branch of science that studies the interaction of organisms and their environments. This only means that whatever can be found in nature – whether microscopic or colossal or whether biotic or abiotic – has inevitably an effect on the rest, may it be directly or indirectly. Thus, these environmental challenges that the entire international community is facing right now are very much reflective of this interdependence of one another. The interdependence of everyone and everything brings to the fore the law of nature. It seems there are manifest principles of balance and proportion that can be found in nature, and that man is invited to discover and to respect this. Human beings cannot just tamper it lest nature will take its revenge (as for instance in the forms of natural calamities).

II. Development Planning

Planning particularly development land use planning revolves around the systematic assessment, management and use of land in a holistic way. It could be considered as ‘holistic’ because there are many stakeholders and issues at stake in this discipline. It takes into consideration the ways how to use the land in order to meet the needs of all the stakeholders and to attain the equitable needs of people. It makes sure that the land use including all the resources related to it are also utilized and protected in accordance to the societal circumstances and people’s needs and welfare. The various land use activities have to be regulated to make sure that they are in line with the nation’s constitution and are in pursuit of the common good.

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Submitted on 29 May 2018

Universal Versatile Society is a non-political, non-communal and nonprofit making, non-governmental voluntary social organization that is registered in India. Their contribution to poverty alleviation, education, agriculture and rural development has been recognized by some international organizations like International Poverty Center, United Nations Online Volunteering, PLAN International, Leipzig University Germany, GTZ Cooperation, United Nations Environment Program TUNZA, Climate Reality Project, among others more.

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