Côte d'Ivoire to host World Environment Day on June 5
(ivorycoasttribune.com) Monday 13/03/2023 - Côte d'Ivoire to host this year's World Environment Day on June 5 under the theme of "solutions to plastic pollution".
Environment minister Jean-Luc Assi called plastic pollution "a menace to us all".
In conjunction with the United Nations, more than 150 countries will attend the celebration of its 50th anniversary.
"My government is committed to being a leading example in sustainable development", said the minister.
Côte d'Ivoire is one of 196 signatory countries of the Paris Climate Accords of 2016, who vowed to maintain global temperatures below two degrees Celsius.
In November 2014, Côte d'Ivoire banned the production, sale and use of plastic bags, although the law remains rarely enforced.
Last year, 175 nations agreed to end plastic pollution by crafting a binding UN treaty, which could come into effect at the end of 2024.
According to the UN Environment Programme, more than half of the 400 million tonnes of plastic produced worldwide is for single use.
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