The United Nations Environment Assembly

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Delegation from Represented by The United States of America The Hudson River Group Position Paper for the United Nations Environment Assembly The topics before the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) are: Combating Illegal Trade in Wildlife; Implementation of the Paris Agreement; and Sustainable Use of the Oceans, Seas, and Marine Resources. The United States of America advocates for responsible stewardship of the environment and will prioritize the protection of clean air and water at the upcoming conference. I. Combating Illegal Trade in Wildlife Studies suggest that fewer than 30,000 rhinoceros now reside in Africa and Asia. This population decline is primarily due to poaching, which affects not…show more content…
Based on the success of its National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, the United States advocates for three resolutions. First, UNEA should work with the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) to train rangers, law enforcement, judicial officials, and airline employees in the prevention of poaching and trafficking, a strategy that has significantly increased arrests across Africa. Second, UNEA should work with the CCPCJ to strengthen wildlife laws in African and Asian Member States. For example, in Kenya and Mozambique, implementing higher prison sentences and fines has deterred wildlife trafficking. Third, UNEA should encourage all Member States to fund public awareness campaigns against the illegal trade in wildlife. Since 2011, awareness campaigns on televisions and computers have reached 740 million people in Asia. Moreover, Fin Free Thailand, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development, has persuaded over 180 restaurants to halt the sale of shark fin. II. Implementation of the Paris Agreement According to the World Health Organization, between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress. The increase in global temperature, rising sea levels, and the destruction of ecosystems have threatened
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