Samoa attended the 3rd Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly that was held in Nairobi Kenya 4-6 December 2017 under the overall theme “Towards a Pollution Free Planet”.
Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and the Environment in her statement reminded that “There is no denial that Pollution today is pervasive and persistent as countries enjoy significant economic growth. Unfortunately, the achievement is accompanied by large amounts of pollution, with significant impacts on human health and ecosystems.”
She continued that “As expected, the most vulnerable are the poor, the disadvantaged, the marginalized, indigenous peoples and the disabled, due to their general health status, potential higher exposures and reduced resilience to social, environmental and economic risks.”
She made reference to Samoa’s commitment for the management of pollution and waste through signatories in key relevant conventions Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm and the Minamata; as well as for the sustainable management of fisheries, marine protected areas and the marine sanctuary, implementation of community integrated management plans, river and coastal health ecosystem monitoring programs, waste management and so forth.
Furthermore, she made reference to the Pacific Islands Forum in September 2017 in Apia Samoa in which the leaders recognize the Blue Pacific Identity that shall reinforce the potential of the regions shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean as a consolidated and collective endorsement by the Pacific of the value of the Ocean and the need for the sustainable management of all resources for now and the future – noting that A Pollution Free Ocean is a critical step to achieving A Pollution Free Planet.
She recognize with appreciation the UNE regional office with SPREP in Apia for the pacific island countries and finally called on all member states, development partners and the private sector to work in partnership with the UN Environment to find innovative, clean and low carbon solutions to mitigate and minimize pollution of all forms.
Samoa delegation was led the Honourable Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Natural Resources and Environment and the Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.