Science and Multilateralism to Deliver Change

Science and Multilateralism to Deliver Change.
Ministers, Excellencies, distinguished guests.
Welcome to today’s conference on strengthening multilateralism through science, co-hosted by UNEP and Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
My thanks to the Czech Presidency for its efforts on multilateralism and for co-hosting this event.
I cannot be with you in person, as I am in Uruguay at the first meeting of the intergovernmental committee to develop an internationally legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution.
This milestone decision, taken by UN Member States at UNEA 5.2 this year, is a great example of how science informs multilateralism and compels nations to act.
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The recently concluded climate COP also demonstrated how science is integral to multilateralism.
Yes, the outcome was a mixed bag.
The language on 1.5 degrees C and ending fossil fuels was weak, but we did see history made with a loss and damage fund.

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