The Private Sector is committed building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world. 

Key Messages

UNEA 5.1

Overall Theme: Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNEA 5.1 Theme: Contribution of the environmental dimension of sustainable development to building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world.


  • The Private Sector is committed building a resilient and inclusive post-pandemic world. 

Business is committed to action on climate change, the loss of biodiversity; and pollution and waste. These issues have been severely compounded by the COVID19 pandemic and urgent action is needed.

Active, substantive and recognized engagement of all observer groups, including business, is needed in the implementation of nature-based solutions and in recovery from the global pandemic.

  • A diversified food system is a resilient food system.

Agriculture and food have faced multiple challenges, particularly in the past year. There is a strong need for a more resilient food system that advances livelihoods, nutrition, diversity, and the environment. The private sector is an important actor in this process and business is keen to engage and advance work on the future of our food systems.

Biodiversity and healthy ecosystems are essential to food security. The private sector is committed to sustainably managing and reducing the externalities of food production.

The private sector is committed to promoting regenerative/sustainable food production, from upcycling to recycling, and climate smart agriculture initiatives.

  • The private sector supports a global framework to address plastic waste.

A global framework with a focus on systems approaches to addressing plastic waste and marine debris will enable rapid scaling of innovations and investments necessary to reduce sources of leakage and increase circularity of plastics.

Collaboration between the private sector, civil society, and governments in this effort is critical to replicating solutions at scale.

  • The private sector is working on models of business and commercial activity that are cleaner and less polluting.

The private is working on solutions such as circular economy, waste reduction and resource efficiency.

Tailored specific responses to each source of pollution, reflecting economic and social circumstances are needed. 

Addressing the risks and impacts of pollution requires sound regulation with enforcement and institutional capacity building, market-oriented approaches, cross-sector partnerships, voluntary efforts, and the removal of counter-productive subsidies. 

Business emphasises the importance of building national capacity and infrastructure to address pollution.  

Private sector actors are committed to sustainably managing water, land, soil, air, biodiversity, minerals and fuels, among others.

  • A ‘One Health’ approach - which links the health of people, animals and the environment - is crucial to pandemic recovery and strengthening nature-based solutions.

The private sector welcomes coordination and cooperation between the animal, public and environmental health sectors to reduce the emergence of zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.

The private sector is committed to combatting anthropogenic drivers of zoonotic disease emergence.  

  • Innovative solutions play a vital role in sustainable development.

The business community plays a critical role in promoting environmental stewardship in the context of sustainable development, including innovating and producing a wide range of products and services across sectors and supply/value chains that will help to achieve the SDGs.

  • The sound management of chemicals and waste is a critical foundation for sustainable development in a post-pandemic world.

Adoption of the new, Beyond Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management is critical to the SMCW and achievement of the SDGs.

A multi-stakeholder, multi-sector approach to the sound management of chemicals and waste enables shared responsibility and commitment to action and innovative solutions.