The third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) was held at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON). The event aimed to draw attention to the role trade plays in scaling up clean technologies in the fight against air pollution by illustrating successful business models and encouraging voluntary action.
Air pollution is the biggest environmental challenge impacting the health of more than 90% of the global population. Unlocking trade in environmentally clean solutions can have a transformative effect on economies, facilitating the transition to a sustainable future. Clean technologies are set to be a US$1.9 trillion industry by 2020 and have the potential to reduce carbon emissions by 10 million tonnes by 2030.
The United Nations Environment Assembly has brought together policymakers and business leaders from all around the world to discuss the role of trade in expanding clean energy solutions and call for joint action to remove barriers and foster partnerships. Jodie Roussell has participated the high-level dialogue titled “Unlocking Trade in Environmentally Sound Technologies to Tackle Air Pollution” taking place on the first day of the Assembly spurring lively debate on the topic of trade and its impact on opening markets for clean energy and stimulating innovation.
From L-R: Ambassador Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the World Trade Organization (WTO); Kennedy Orwa, Executive Director, African Centre for Technology; Aik Hoe Lim, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO; Jodie Roussell, CEO, Global Solar Council; Eliza Anyangwe, Freelance journalist and founder of The Nzinga Effect; VijayShekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO, Paytm; and Jorge Rodriguez Romero, European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment