United Nations Environment Assembly Passes First Animal Welfare Resolution

The United Nations Environment Assembly of the U.N. Environmental Programme (UNEA) unanimously adopted a resolution that calls on countries to protect animals in their efforts to pursue more sustainable development during its Fifth Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. The resolution notably acknowledges that “animal welfare can contribute to addressing environmental challenges, promoting the ‘One Health’ approach and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” and calls on countries to work together to identify those relationships. This resolution is significant as it is the first UNEA resolution concerning animal welfare.