You are here: Home » News-IANS » Diplomacy
Business Standard

Three more nations join UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign

Topics
Environment

IANS  |  Nairobi 

Three more nations -- Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and Paraguay -- on Friday joined UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign, bringing the number of countries now involved in the world's largest alliance for combating marine plastic pollution to 60.

The three nations signed up during the Fourth UN Assembly in Nairobi where more than 4,700 delegates from 170 countries were meeting to hammer out new guidelines to lessen the speed of the planet's depleted resources.

Launched in 2017, the Clean Seas campaign works with governments, businesses and citizens to eliminate the needless use of disposable plastics and protect the oceans and rivers from a toxic tide of pollution that is endangering livelihoods and killing wildlife.

The alliance now covers more than 60 per cent of the world's coastlines.

Antigua and Barbuda banned single-use plastic bags in 2016, becoming the first country in the region to do so. The island nation is now working to eliminate polystyrene products, which it hopes to achieve over the coming year.

It is also looking to expand its recycling capacity and extend a scheme for collecting and recycling plastic bottles.

"Since introducing the region's first ban on single-use plastic bags in 2016, Antigua and Barbuda has been a pioneer in the fight against marine plastic pollution. We are delighted to join the Clean Seas campaign and share our drive and experience with other nations so that together we can take decisive action to turn this toxic tide that threatens livelihoods, wildlife and the survival of our oceans," Minister for Health, Wellness and the in Antigua and Barbuda Molwyn Joseph said.

Landlocked Paraguay has committed to clean its polluted rivers, starting in the capital Asuncion.

Among Trinidad and Tobago's top priorities is reinforcing its waste management system while also educating the population about the need to separate household waste.

According to UN Environment, every year around eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in the oceans, poisoning fish, birds and other sea creatures.

That's the equivalent of one garbage truck of litter being dumped into the sea every minute. Plastic waste, in the form of microplastics, has also entered the human food chain, and the consequences are not yet fully understood.

Awareness of the need to act decisively against plastic pollution has been growing in Latin America and the Caribbean -- a region that is particularly vulnerable to marine litter and other environmental threats caused by our changing climate, such as increasingly powerful storms.

(Vishal Gulati is in Nairobi at the invitation of UN He can be contacted at vishal.g@ians.in)

--IANS

vg/soni/

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 19:32 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU