as for delivery by Ambassador of Ukraine Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk
at the 135th meeting of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives to UNEP
on Agenda item 6: Evaluation of the Second session of the UNEA
14 June 2016
The Second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP came at the right time to discuss and address the key issues of global environmental agenda, especially with regard to the need to determine the route for UNEP in delivering on the environmental dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Taking into consideration the UNEA’s high-level forum, as well as the comprehensiveness and vitality of its decisions, the Second session of the environmental Assembly has for the second time proved its unique role within the United Nations system in international environmental governance.
Ukraine shares approaches to large variety of issues that were addressed in the resolutions agreed during the ministerial meeting. A consensus built around these important documents reflects the common vision and commitment of all states to the environmental challenges facing the world today.
The adoption of the resolution on protection of the environment in areas affected by armed conflict through the very spirit of unanimity speaks equally for shared universal goals in relation to conflict and the environment.
Ukraine believes that greater awareness of the issue along with proper compliance and practical implementation of the provisions outlined in the resolution, will foster protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts and reduce conflict-related environmental impacts.
By concluding my statement I would also like to extend my appreciation to the UNEP Secretariat for their most helpful expert assistance while also placing high expectations on its even more improved organizational performance.
A special homage should be rendered to the Executive Director Mr. Achim Steiner for his professional leadership of this important institution and his contribution to UNEA’s transformation into the global Parliament of the Environment.
I thank you, Madame Chair.