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Environment Minister for collective action in addressing  plastic pollution

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Update : Thursday, February 29, 2024

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Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Saber Hossain Chowdhury invited all stakeholders, including government representatives, business leaders, civil society activists, and community members, to join Bangladesh in its endeavor. He emphasized the importance of collective action in addressing the complex challengespollution.  plastic pollution and highlighted the Treaty on Plastic Pollution as a blueprint for transformative change.
Today, Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury addressed a round table meeting titled Global Plastic Action Partnership at the 6th United Nations Environment Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference, attended by leaders and stakeholders from around the world, highlighted the urgency of tackling plastic pollution and forging a sustainable future.
In his address, Minister Chowdhury emphasized the imperative to eradicate plastic pollution and outlined Bangladesh’s proactive measures in this regard. He highlighted Bangladesh’s early ban on plastic bags as a pioneering step in plastic regulation, positioning the country as a leader in environmental stewardship.
Acknowledging the significance of the emerging Treaty on Plastic Pollution, Minister Chowdhury underscored Bangladesh’s unwavering commitment to addressing plastic waste. He emphasized the importance of collaborative, multi-stakeholder efforts, citing the establishment of a National Plastic Action Partnership as a crucial step towards aligning with the Treaty’s goals.
Minister Chowdhury outlined a holistic strategy that extends beyond waste management to encompass the reduction of plastic use and the promotion of alternative materials. He emphasized the alignment of this strategy with both the Treaty’s objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals, signaling Bangladesh’s commitment to environmental sustainability and social equity.
As the world transitions towards a circular economy, Minister Chowdhury urged stakeholders to seize the moment and translate collective ambition into tangible results. He emphasized the significance of the Treaty on Plastic Pollution as a beacon of hope for the planet and future generations.

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