UN Environment is calling on governments, businesses and civil society groups to join the fight to beat pollution.

Learn more in our FAQs, then make a commitment.

   
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Explore the latest #BeatPollution commitments      

In the run-up to the Environment Assembly, governments, businesses and civil society organizations have been making bold commitments to beat pollution. Explore their commitments below, then add your own. Together, we can clean up the planet.

FAQ

Why make a commitment?     

Pollution contributes to the death of millions of people every year. It also threatens wildlife and plants and can devastate entire ecosystems. We all have a responsibility to act. Even if you are already doing a lot of work on pollution, we encourage you to submit your commitment through our platform. By doing so, you can send a powerful message to leaders gathering at the UN Environment Assembly on the urgent need to act on pollution.

What happens afterwards?   

UN Environment will shine a spotlight on the most outstanding commitments at the third UN Environment Assembly, which is meeting in Nairobi from 4-6 December under the over-arching theme of pollution. In the run-up to the Assembly, we will share commitments with global media outlets and broadcast them to our 2 million social media followers. During the Assembly itself, commitments will be advertised to environment ministers and other participants on screens throughout the UN compound. They will also appear as part of a 3D exhibit that will serve as a backdrop for media interviews and photo opportunities. A high-level plenary session on the closing day of the Assembly will discuss and review commitments that have been submitted. Commitments may inform relevant Environment Assembly resolutions as well as the Assembly’s Ministerial Declaration and a global action plan on pollution. All commitments are voluntary; their implementation is your responsibility.      

What sort of commitments are appropriate?     

Here are a few examples of the types of commitments we would love to see: A company that pledges to improve its energy efficiency or stop producing a harmful product A civil society group that commits to take up pollution as a campaign issue or organize a series of beach clean-ups A government that commits to phase out single-use plastic bags, increase budgets to combat pollution, or strengthen their pollution laws and regulations

When should commitments be submitted?     

We urge you to submit your commitment as soon as possible, so that we have 
the maximum time to highlight your pollution-beating actions ahead of the UN Environment Assembly.

Do commitments have to be new?     

Any commitment that your government, business or organization has made since 1 January 2017 may be submitted.

How should commitments be submitted?     

Scroll up on this page and click “government”, “business” or “civil society”. Complete the form that appears, then submit. For more details, read our guidance note.

Do you want to live on a pollution free-planet?

Sign the #BeatPollution pledge and find out how you can reduce your pollution footprint! Your pledge will be shared with leaders gathering at the UN Environment Assembly in December 2017. Help us inspire them to make bold commitments to eliminate pollution in all its forms. Together, we can clean up the planet.

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