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Sir Molwyn Joseph makes forceful call for scaled up ambition to end plastic pollution

PARIS – 26th May, 2023…Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of the Environment Sir Molwyn Joseph has proposed an eight-point strategy that he envisions will reinforce the commitment and accelerate the drive to end plastic pollution across the globe by 2040.

Sir Molwyn was at the time delivering an address to the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution Ministerial Meeting, taking place ahead of the second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment (INC-

that will take place from 29 May to 2 June 2023 at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris. The coalition, led by Rwanda and Norway was launched in early 2022 and brings together over 50 countries unified around the common goal of ending plastic pollution.

Vulnerable countries, like Antigua and Barbuda, are negatively impacted by this significant environmental threat despite contributing very little to it. “Given our vulnerabilities to environmental threats, and distinct geographical circumstances, plastic pollution puts an added strain on our limited waste management capacity,” Sir Molwyn told his ministerial colleagues at the briefing event.

Against this backdrop, he urged the meeting to aim for the highest possible ambition in striving to eliminate plastic pollution. His eight-point proposal calls for among other things, ‘closing the tap by addressing unsustainable sourcing and extraction of raw materials to make plastics.”

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