Health Desk-- 2nd Dec’17: Environment ministers from about 100 countries gather in Nairobi next week to issue a clarion call against air, land and water pollution blamed for some nine million deaths in 2015.
Ministers under the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will finalise a global declaration vowing to combat “rampant pollution” as a growing threat to human life, economies and ecosystems.
Seven million of those deaths are caused by car exhaust, factory fumes and indoor cooking, according to the UN Environment Prog-ramme (UNEP), which hosts the assembly.
Water pollution is the second deadliest type, followed by exposure to toxins and carcinogens in the workplace.
Nearly 2,500 participants have registered for this year’s gathering, including a host of company CEOs, the heads of other UN agencies, scientists and activists.
Other resolutions, still in the draft phase, will aim for stricter air quality control in cities, and to reduce environmental degradation caused by armed conflict.
Pollution, according to the UNEP, is “the biggest human killer bar none.”