UN Environment and the European Commission jointly organized an event at the United Nations HQ to launch UN Environment’s Global Plastics Platform to reduce plastics pollution and accelerate the circular economy. Member States, businesses, the European Commission and UN Environment presented their efforts and commitments to tackle the problem of plastic pollution.
The event was organized on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to offer an opportunity to governments to become part of a ‘Race to the Top’ through the Global Plastics Platform. The initiative provides a network between governments to work together, make new commitments in reducing the plastic pollution and find ways to design, produce, consume and dispose of the plastics around the world for a more circular economy.
A number of countries, from various parts of the world, made their loud commitments to face the challenge of the plastics pollution during 2018. India, on the occasion of World Environment Day 2018, declared a ban on all single-use plastics by 2022. Chile, Botswana, and Peru also banned used plastics bags. Nigeria will build recycling plants in various parts of the country, whereas Brazil will bring a new national plan on plastics. Wales will become the first “refill nation.”
Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment, said, “The Global Plastics Platform is exactly the kind of initiative we need to bring countries together in the fight against millions of tonnes of plastics that end up in our oceans each year.”
“The European Commission has already taken action this year to deal with the plastic items we find most often on our beaches, and to transform the business model of the European plastics industry and reduce economic and industrial waste”, said, Frans Timmermans, First Vice President, European Commission.