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India showed global leadership by pledging to phase out single-use plastics by 2022: UN Environment chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Calling the Day celebrations in "historic", UN chief has said by announcing that it will phase out single-use by 2022, has demonstrated global leadership.

During an event to celebrate the WED-2018 on June 5 in New Delhi, Minister Harsh Vardhan, in presence of Narendra Modi, pledged to eliminate single-use from by 2022.

"WED was truly historic. As global host, India took charge, organising hundreds of events around the country, from beach and river clean ups, to awareness-building efforts with young people," told

He said India made incredible announcements that will have a "definite impact" on the global fight against plastic pollution.

"By announcing that the country will phase out single-use by 2022, India has demonstrated global leadership and it's now up to other countries to follow India's lead," the UN said.

Recalling that he was honoured to be present when Modi signed on to the UN Environment's Clean Seas campaign, he said the programme will be stronger with India's support, sending a clear message to other countries, that all of us must come together to tackle the marine litter.

"While I know implementation is a challenge, I have absolutely no doubt that India will succeed and this will have a major impact on the world," said.

He previously said the WED will be a call to action and leadership and asserted India is the "perfect" place for that to happen.

Environment Day celebrations began in the national capital and across India with the start of this month. Several workshops and thematic sessions were held in

The pan-India events included cleanliness campaigns by state governments, cleaning of 24 beaches and 24 rivers in 19 states, making national parks and sanctuaries plastic free, media as well as and organising 'Envithon' mini-marathons in five cities, besides

The has designated June 5 as the Environment Day to commemorate the opening of the Conference on Human Development. Annual celebrations on World Environment Day began in 1974.

The theme of WED-2018 is Beat Plastic Pollution.

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First Published: Sat, June 09 2018. 12:00 IST