Ban single-use plastics – UN chief

The President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés has backed calls for a total ban on single-use plastics as a way to tackle the plastic waste menace in Ghana...


The President of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés has backed calls for a total ban on single-use plastics as a way to tackle the plastic waste menace in Ghana.

Ms Garcés made the call during a joint press interaction with Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey when she arrived in Ghana on Wednesday, 8 May 2019.

Ms Garcés is on a four-day state visit to Ghana to, among other things, emphasise the importance of strengthening multilateralism as the best option for responding to global crises and challenges.

Addressing journalists, the UN chief bemoaned the use of single-use plastics in Ghana and across some parts of the world.

She said: “We are launching a world campaign against single-use plastics. We know that about 30 million tonnes of plastic flow to our oceans every year and this is killing the oceans, and this is polluting the fish, and this is coming to our bodies, affecting our health and this is one of the most pressing environmental issues.

“This global campaign is aimed precisely at calling the attention of producers and consumers as well to look for alternative materials. So, stop using single-use plastics and this is the agenda or issue that needs to be taken up by the youth or young people and I think we need to change our priorities as consumers and if we are able to do that it will be great.”

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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