French minister appointed to senior UN Environment Assembly post

United Nations – Brune Poirson elected Vice-President of the United Nations Environment Assembly – Press communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Paris, 20 March 2019

Brune Poirson, Minister of State attached to the Ministre d’Etat, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, has been elected Vice-President of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) on a two-year mandate. This is a post for which only serving ministers are eligible. France has secured this post for the first time.

The UNEA, situated in Nairobi, Kenya, comes under the control of the United Nations Environment Programme, which coordinates the United Nations’ environmental activities and helps member countries implement environmental policies. It is the first UN body to be based in a developing country.

On the occasion of the United Nations Environment Assembly’s fourth plenary session, in Kenya on 14 March 2019, President Emmanuel Macron recalled the UN’s essential role in mobilizing the international community to fight climate disruption and protect biodiversity.

Brune Poirson’s election is therefore consistent with France’s continued deep commitment on the international scene to defending these priorities, particularly during the One Planet Summits in Paris (2017), New York (2018) and Nairobi (2019), for which she is responsible.

This election will allow France, through the voice of Brune Poirson, to continue this battle and ensure that defending the environment and protecting biodiversity remain at the heart of the international agenda. At a time when multilateralism is threatened, the Minister will ensure that the Assembly symbolizes effective cooperation between states, geared towards action and people.

“I am honoured by the trust that the United Nations Environment Programme has placed in me, demonstrating France’s driving role in protecting the planet and its citizens. This new responsibility within such an important international organization provides an opportunity to further promote our efforts to protect the climate and biodiversity”, responded Brune Poirson./.

Published on 10/01/2020

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