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A resolution addressing the connections between animal welfare, the environment and sustainable development has been passed at UNEA 5.2


2nd March 2022, NAIROBI – The Animal Welfare – Environment – Sustainable Development Nexus resolution, tabled by the Government of Ghana and six other G77 countries, focuses on how to deliver the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Simultaneously, the resolution addresses animal welfare and its relationship with humans and the environment to tackle the triple planetary crises of biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution. 

FOUR PAWS, the global animal welfare was one of several global animal welfare NGOs attending the summit as part of the World Federation for Animals coalition. With observer status at the high-level assembly session in Kenya, FOUR PAWS said that this was a “historic and watershed moment for animal welfare which has been decades in the making.” 

Attending the summit to gain member state endorsement for the resolution Sonul Badiani-Hamment, FOUR PAWS UK Country Director stated her delight at the outcome.

“This is a historical moment for animal welfare, worldwide.  

“The passing of the resolution is a monumental turning point for the United Nations Environment Programme. Its acceptance will support the strengthening of an integrated, holistic approach that includes protecting animal welfare to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.  

“In the long-term, we hope that success at UNEA 5.2 will help underline that animals and their welfare must be considered in all global policy making at the United Nations.” 

Sonul Badiani-Hamment, Country Director, FOUR PAWS UK

Adopted at the Closing Plenary of UNEA 5.2 via consensus by Ministers of the 193 member states of the United Nations, the resolution gained widespread support across the Member States including from the UK. Sonul Badiani-Hamment adds: 

“We thank the UK Government for their notable support at UNEA 5.2.  

“The UK delegation were strong protagonists for the resolution, helping to steer discussions with member states to ensure a global victory for animals.  

“FOUR PAWS UK will continue to work with the UK Government to ensure their ongoing support, not only for the implementation of this important resolution, but for the wider integration of animal welfare in to the work of the United Nations.” 

The passing of the Animal Welfare Resolution will tackle the major issues of the nexus between animals and the health of global citizens, whilst simultaneously addressing the climate emergency.  

Sonul Badiani-Hamment concluded by saying:

“Time is running out. But the passing of this resolution shows that the political tide is beginning to turn on the most important issues we face globally.” 

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