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Zim Supports Resolution To End Plastic Pollution

Zimbabwe says it fully supports the adoption of the resolution to end plastic pollution with an international legally binding instrument.
Environment, Climate, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Nqobizitha Mangaliso Ndhlovu told delegates at the just-ended fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya that the country welcomed this landmark and significant decision to protect the environment.
“Zimbabwe supports the resolution considering the principle of common but differentiated responsibility which gives room to the consideration of national circumstances in implementation of international treaties,” he said in a report.
“Zimbabwe should enhance its efforts of promoting measures to reduce plastic pollution including engagement of relevant stakeholders such as industry and consumers, to pave the way for alternative packaging.”
The resolution was adopted by the 5th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2), unanimously by all member states with resounding acclamation and standing ovations.
Member states recognised that urgent further international action is needed by developing an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment.
In addition to this, UNEA said it would establish a science policy panel that would contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution as well as to continue and strengthen support for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.
“Zimbabwe should be part of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Panel (INC) for the development of the international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution and ensure that its national circumstances are catered for,” Minister Ndhlovu said.
Plastic pollution is one of the greatest man-made threats to the planet today. *Herald*
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