At the latest United Nations environment summit, pollution topped the agenda. The man leading the UN’s quest to clean up the planet hopes this meeting will act as the wake-up call countries need and that the fight will include the world of business.
Erik Solheim is the head of the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP).
He spoke to EURACTIV environment reporter Sam Morgan after UNEP’s 3rd assembly wrapped up in Nairobi, Kenya.
This edition of the environment assembly was meant, in your own words, to put the issue of pollution higher on the political agenda. Do you think it has succeeded in achieving that?
The Environment Assembly has been a turning point, but the proof will of course be dependent on what concrete action is taken as a result. What we tried to do was very ambitious – that is to put nearly all forms of pollution issues on the table in a single …