To fight the pervasive impact of pollution on society, the world’s ministers of environment, gathered at the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2017, expressed their political commitment to working towards a pollution-free planet. Governments also adopted Resolutions targeting specific aspects of pollution: air quality, water pollution, soil pollution, marine litter and microplastics, chemicals and wastes. An Implementation Plan was devised, cutting across all these resolutions, with the aim to promote accelerated action, enhance capacities to address pollution and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Environment Assembly has welcomed the Plan and recognized it as the key vehicle for prompt implementation. It has encouraged all Member States and relevant stakeholders to contribute to its effective implementation.
UNEP’s Background Report and its report to UNEA3 provides a global picture of pollution, including information on pollution sources, impacts and solutions. The World Environment Situation Room provides access to multiple data and resources on pollution and other environmental topics. Learn more about the work of the Pollution and Health Unit here.