We must slow down and adapt to climate change, protect and restore nature and biodiversity, stop land degradation and desertification, and eliminate pollution and waste.

If we get it right, we can build a future that benefits the majority of people, not just the few, as set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Countries at all stages of development have committed to working towards this sustainable future by signing dozens of multilateral environmental agreements.

Commitment to this, during times of geopolitical crises and a changing political landscape, is difficult to achieve.

However, action for the environment is a powerful unifying force.

There are global agreements that set agreed goals and targets, such as the Paris Agreement, the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, and the Global Chemicals Framework.

Many companies and investors are pledging to align their economic models and capital with low-carbon and green aspirations.

Likewise, banks and international organizations of all stripes and sectors are integrating environmental action as a core part of their objectives.

The scientific community is increasingly moving beyond sounding the alarm to pointing to solutions.

However, progress must be accelerated to transform commitments into tangible transformational actions.

Last year was the hottest year on record, causing heat waves, storms and droughts that devastated the planet.

Air, land and water pollution has claimed the lives of millions of people.

Rainforests continue to be destroyed, and the numbers of species critical to the health of ecosystems continue to decline.

Every day, every week, and every month that this continues, humanity is sinking into a hole that will take longer to get out of.

However, it's not just about working harder, it's about working smarter.

With so many agreements at stake, there is a growing risk of fragmentation.

This is a challenge we must address by ensuring that the work on each commitment aligns with and builds on the work of others.

After all, we are essentially facing one global challenge: what we at UNEP call the triple planetary crisis: climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

The main drivers of all environmental challenges are often the same: unsustainable consumption and production patterns are the most important.

The best deployment solutions are those that address multiple challenges at once.

Here comes the role of the United Nations Environment Association, abbreviated in English as UNEA.

The Assembly, the highest environmental decision-making body in the world, brings together countries every two years to consider not isolated issues, but everything, everywhere, in one package.

The sixth session of the Assembly will be held this month in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, at the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme, which includes the secretariats of more than twenty conventions, international scientific bodies, and regional treaties.

This year, we call on multilateral environmental agreements, States, and indeed all actors and stakeholders, to work together and find new ways to cooperate in achieving common goals.

I'm not saying this would be easy, with dozens of agencies covering hundreds of goals and objectives.

The Paris Agreement aims to limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius, or 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework provides for the protection, restoration and sustainable management of our planet's lands, oceans, coastal areas and inland waters.

Countries aim to achieve land degradation neutrality under the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

The Montreal Protocol continues to protect the ozone layer and contributes to climate action.

We have other agreements to do much, from protecting species to protecting people and the planet from the effects of harmful chemicals and waste.

Likewise, a new instrument to end plastic pollution is being finalized.

At the same time, countries will intensify their efforts at the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly by issuing new resolutions aimed at addressing the triple global crisis.

With everything going on, sometimes it seems as if we are all on one boat heading towards the same port, but we are operating dozens of separate wheelhouses linked to different rudders.

So we do not take the quickest and shortest route to reach the destination.

So, at the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly, we must all strive to find new strategies for coordinating the wheelhouses.

Let's learn from each other and apply the lessons of the past to the future.

Let's start by fulfilling the many commitments that will keep our planet safe and humanity healthy.

* Inger Andersen, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme