Joyce Msuya, the acting executive director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), reacts during an exclusive interview with Xinhua in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, March 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)
Joyce Msuya, the acting executive director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), reacts during an exclusive interview with Xinhua in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, March 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, and Paraguay on Friday joined UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP’s) Clean Seas campaign, bringing the number of countries involved in the world’s largest alliance for combating marine plastic pollution to 60.

The three nations signed up during the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly.

Antigua and Barbuda banned single-use plastic bags in 2016, becoming the first country in the region to do so.

“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,” said Molwyn Joseph, minister for health, wellness and the environment in Antigua and Barbuda.

The clean seas campaign was launched in 2017 and works with governments, businesses and citizens to eliminate the needless use of disposable plastics and protect oceans and rivers from a toxic tide of pollution.

The alliance now covers more than 60 percent of the world’s coastlines. Enditem

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