plastic pollution
Greenpeace volunteers collect plastic on a beach in Mull. Greenpeace has brought its ship the Beluga II on an expedition of scientific research around Scotland, sampling seawater for microplastics and documenting the impact of ocean plastic on some of the UK’s most precious marine life.

The meeting of the world environment ministers on Friday made a major breakthrough with the expected adoption of the first of its kind agreement to bar single-use plastics.

“The governments have agreed on the way forward on the environment and gender issues as well as sustainable consumption,” said Joyce Msuya, acting executive director of UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The single-use plastics are commonly used by large and small business enterprises for packaging of goods and are usually disposed of immediately after use.

The plastic form part of the problems cities have to deal with in their daily handling of solid waste, which clogs waste disposal infrastructure such as city sewerage systems.

This is expected to be the first universal commitment globally, said Jorge Laguna-Celis, UNEP’s intergovernment coordinator.

After the meeting, it would report back to the Committee of Permanent Representatives. “I believe this is the most ambitious declaration from UNEA,” said Siim Kiisler, president of UNEA and Estonia’s environment minister.

“We have to deliver a strong message. I know the outcome has to be ambitious and action-oriented,” he added. Enditem

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