During the UN general assembly, member States, businesses, the European Commission and the UN Environment have committed to tackle the issue of plastic pollution together.
On the side of the general assembly, the UN Environment and the European Commission jointly hosted an event to launch the UN Environment’s Global Plastics Platform (GPP).
From this, nations showcased their initiatives, learned from each other and have decided to work together to fight the plastic problem.
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This event offered the chance for Governments to officially join a “Race to the Top” through the GPP, a network that will encourage new commitments to reduce plastic pollution and explore innovative ways to change design, production, consumption and disposal of plastics globally, as well as supporting the transition into a circular economy.
The aim of the GPP is to provide support to countries and cities who have made ambitious commitments to fight plastic, by sharing experiences, the establishment of new policies and inspiration for new commitments.
UN Environment Head Erik Solheim 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. No one can solve the problem of plastic pollution alone, but together we will fuel global change.”
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “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. But we share responsibility for this planet and its protection with others.
“A cross-border problem requires multilateral efforts, and that is why I am delighted to partner with UN Environment to tackle the different sources and effects of plastic waste together.”