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Towards a Pollution-Free Planet

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Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

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Pollution damages human health and impairs natural ecosystems. Around the world, over 12.6 million deaths are attributable to pollution and environmental degradation annually, while economic losses from pollution add up to an estimated US$5 trillion each year.

The third session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-3), the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment, will convene environmental leaders to address the global pollution threat this December in Nairobi, Kenya. The Assembly will deliver tangible commitments to minimize the pollution of our air, land, fresh water, and oceans from chemicals, waste and other sources of pollution.

In advance of UNEA-3, UN Environment’s North America Office will convene a regional consultation on Thursday, October 26 in Toronto, Ontario. Co-hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the consultation will gather inputs from North American civil society on priorities that will be presented at the Environment Assembly. It will also feature expert speakers who will showcase the human and economic costs of pollution, while highlighting opportunities for change at the city, provincial, and state level. Click here for the latest agenda.

The background report, Towards a Pollution-Free Planet, provides an overview of the threat of pollution globally, how the theme of the Assembly aligns with 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and key areas for intervention.

In the lead up to UNEA-3, we are also inviting voluntary commitments from governments, businesses, and the public to address the pollution threat. We encourage you to sign the #BeatPollution pledge to reduce your pollution footprint.

Due to limited space, please register by October 20th. We look forward to seeing you in Toronto on October 26th!

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