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        Global campaign against plastic pollution

        Added On December 7, 2018

        The campaign was launched together with the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, and Norway's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mari Skare.

        SOUNDBITE(English)MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOSA, UN General Assembly President:
        "It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea."
        The campaign has two goals: to reduce plastic waste at the UN system, and to collaborate with member states and UN agencies to raise public awareness around the world.
        Espinosa expressed hope that the use of single-use plastics could be eliminated at UN premises, saying a roadmap for in-house action was already in place.
        The campaign is a collaboration with the "Group of Friends," a group led by Antigua and Barbuda, Norway and other member states as well as other relevant actors.
        The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda said his country has successfully put in place a ban on single-use plastics over the past two years.
        SOUNDBITE(English)GASTON BROWNE, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda:
        "Antigua and Barbuda is the first country in the Caribbean to have introduced a ban on single-use plastics. So we are not only leading in the Caribbean, but globally. And we want to utilize our example, our experiences in order to encourage other nations to follow."
        Browne has called on all countries in the world to introduce a ban on single-use plastics. Antigua and Barbuda will also hold a grand concert in April next year to boost awareness about plastic pollution.
        Mari Skare said the use of single-use plastic poses a threat to the oceans and to human health.
        SOUNDBITE(English)MARI SKARE, Norway's Deputy Permanent Representative to UN:
        "Fish eat plastics and humans eat fish, so we have a problem."
        But she said there are solutions, so long as there is concerted action by consumers, businesses, governments and civil society.
        SOUNDBITE(English)MARI SKARE, Norway's Deputy Permanent Representative to UN:
        "We want to pull our weight in finding good, clean solutions for our common future."
        It's believed around eighty percent of single-use plastic ends up in the oceans.