The European Union (EU) today signed an agreement with the Organization of United Nations (UN) to invest € 17.2 million in the fight against the poaching and trafficking of animal products between the east and the south of Africa and the Indian ocean, reported the UN.
The funds will go to the three UN agencies working together in this matter and the efforts will be concentrated especially in the most important natural areas of Africa and in the points of transit, with a focus on cross-border.
The compromise was reached in the second day of work of the Assembly, United Nations environment (UNEA-3), which is being held until tomorrow in Nairobi, with attendance of about 4,000 participants and more than a hundred ministers from around the world.
“The poaching and trafficking of animals move today thousands of millions of dollars. To combat them, we need new ways that enable us to work together more effectively”, he noted, after the signing, Stefano A. Dejak, diplomatic representative of the European Union in Kenya.
For his part, the director-general of the United Nations office at Nairobi, Sahle-Work Zewde, stressed that “to provide technical assistance to the member states to strive to achieve the ambitious goals of sustainable development (in reference to the agenda 2030 of the UN) is a challenge of enormous scale.”
“The European Union, with its generous financial contribution, you are helping to ensure that the children of Africa to see the magnificent diversity that their land has to offer”, he continued.
The Convention on International Trade of Fauna and Flora (CITES), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS) will be the three framework programmes that will receive funds.
The agreement was signed in parallel to the development of this third UNEA, focused on combat pollution and raise awareness of the negative effects that has both on the economy as in the health, as it is the cause of almost one out of every four deaths in the world.
Source: the journal.it is