Message from GPNM Chair:
As the year comes to a close, it is time to reflect on what has been a strange year with the pandemic disrupting activities throughout the world. Although members of the Global Partnership for Nutrient Management have not been able to meet in person, digital technology has ensured that the meetings and discussions were held on schedule and in fact, seem to have attracted many more participants than otherwise. In this sense, it has been a fairly successful year.
In March 2019, the UNEA-4 adopted the Resolution on Sustainable Nitrogen Management. Approximately forty countries are part of the working group and the first meeting of the working group was held on 7-8th June 2020. The progress report is scheduled to be presented by the UNEA-6 in 2023, in which GPNM is playing a key role. Any suggestions/ activities by the Member countries is welcome.
As part of the growing nutrient challenge, phosphorus is an irreplaceable element essential for life-growth. Excess phosphorus mobilization has resulted in widespread eutrophication of freshwaters and coastal waters. In this connection, ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ is being developed as a Book is worth mentioning.
2020 saw a series of webinars on Sargassum and Phosphorus. The Sargassum webinars reviewed the challenges, responses, and collaboration in West Africa and the Caribbean. In the case of phosphorus, the focus was on the sustainable management of phosphorus in the Great Lakes.
Midway through the year, the 2nd Joint Global Partnership on Nutrients Management (GPNM) and Global Wastewater Initiative (GWI) was held. Linkages with other UN organisations were also strengthened with participation in the FAO webinar in December. GPNM is also gaining strength through its partnerships with private sector engagement, exploring collaboration with PhosAgro (the largest phosphorus company in Russia) and others.
I would like to extend my gratitude to all the Members of the Steering Committee who have been a pillar of support in this difficult year. Mahesh Pradhan’s hard work in coordination of all the activities of the GPNM is much appreciated as is Milcah Ndegwa’s inexhaustible zest in her work with the GPNM.
As we come to the end of this fairly successful year despite the challenges, I would like to wish everyone the best in the new year 2021. There may be a vaccine in sight for Covid-19 but there is no vaccine for the planet, as the UN Chief said recently. Let us affirm that we will make greater efforts in nutrient management for a cleaner, safer and healthy planet.