UNDP Angola: “From now on, no more plastic use”

Fri, 09/08/19

This initiative is part of a global campaign against plastic pollution, launched by Maria Fernanda Espinosa, UN General Assembly president, in December 2018. At the time, Espinosa admitted that she would like to “use the General Assembly president office capacity to support ongoing global campaigns to tackle plastic pollution”.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in Angola, promptly joined the campaign, agreeing to reduce single-use plastic by implementing two initiatives in the office. First, at an internal level, implementation of action to reduce the usage of single-use plastic items, such as bottles, bags and cutlery. Secondly, at an external level, UNDP Angola is promoting awareness campaigns with all partners from different sectors such as NGOs, SCO, Academia, public and private sector and many others to altogether win this global battle.

“Everyone is invited to take part in this commitment. National participation is extremely important so that we can all say: ‘from now on, less plastic for a more sustainable country’” says Henrik Fredborg Larsen, UNDP Resident Representative a.i in Angola.

By signing the “From now on, no more single-use plastics” commitment, UNDP Angola intends to take actions to reduce the usage of plastics in its activities in collaboration with other UN agencies, including UN Representative Country Office, RCO. Additionally, until the end of this year, UNDP will organise an event with the participation of individuals or groups which have committed to help reduce plastic pollution.

It is equally important to highlight that UNDP, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and with the funding of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF), has been implementing several projects focused on the climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the conservation of the national biodiversity. One of these projects aims to create the first marine protected area in Angola.

This year, World Oceans Day on June 8 had as its focal message to save our oceans from plastic pollution, as well as informing and raising awareness about their vital role in people’s lives and the impact of mankind action against them. 

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