UN / ESPINOSA PLASTIC POLLUTION

04-Dec-2018 00:01:30
The President of the UN General Assembly, along with the governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Norway, today launched a global campaign against single use plastics. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / ESPINOSA PLASTIC POLLUTION
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 04 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

04 DECEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, officials approaching stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gaston Browne, Prime Minister, Antigua and Barbuda:
“We want to utilise our example, our experiences, in order to encourage other nations to follow and to introduce a ban on plastic. We all know the difficulties surrounding the use of plastics and the pollution caused by plastics, environmental problems as well as health problems. We also need to protect our oceans and we are calling on all nations to join us in banning the use of single use plastic.”
4. Wide shot, officials at stakeout
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Mari Skåre, Deputy Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations:
“The good news is that we have solutions; we can solve this. And this is why this campaign, this initiative is so important. If we as consumers use our own bottles, don’t buy plastic. If we as businesses, governments, the whole global community, civil society, if we make a concerted effort in preventing, in beating plastic pollution, we can do it.”
6. SOUNDBITE (English) María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, 73rd President, United Nations General Assembly:
“There are several alternatives and the good news is that both on the side of the production chain, there are hundreds of private sector companies that are committed to replacing single use plastics with other materials, and the variety is huge.”
7. Med shot, officials standing for photo
STORYLINE
The President of the UN General Assembly, along with the governments of Antigua and Barbuda and Norway, today (04 Dec) launched a global campaign against single use plastics.

Speaking to reporters in New York, María Fernanda Espinosa said 80 percent of plastic ends up in the oceans, amounting to somewhere between eight and 12 million tons each year. She said by 2050 it is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. She said microplastics have been found in fresh water and table salt, adding that every person in the world has plastic in their bodies as a result of plastic pollution.

Espinosa said the campaign had two main elements, namely eradicating the use of plastics in UN premises around the world and a global advocacy campaign against the use of single use plastics while supporting ongoing campaigns in this regard.

The President of the General Assembly stressed the shared responsibility in ending the use of single use plastics adding that leadership was needed from governments, the private sector, and civil society. She said there are several alternatives to the use of plastic adding that “the good news is that both on the side of the production chain, there are hundreds of private sector companies that are committed to replacing single use plastics with other materials, and the variety is huge.”

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, said his country was the first in the world to ban the use of single use plastics and Styrofoam. He said his country aimed to utilise its experiences “to encourage other nations to follow and to introduce a ban on plastic.” Browne added, “We all know the difficulties surrounding the use of plastics and the pollution caused by plastics, environmental problems as well as health problems; we also need to protect our oceans and we are calling on all nations to join us in banning the use of single use plastic.”

Norway’s deputy ambassador to the UN, Mari Skåre, said her country supported the campaign because the world had a real problem with plastic pollution. She said plastic pollutes the seas and oceans and poses serious health problems. Skåre said, “ “The good news is that we have solutions; we can solve this. And this is why this campaign, this initiative is so important. If we as consumers use our own bottles, don’t buy plastic. If we as businesses, governments, the whole global community, civil society, if we make a concerted effort in preventing, in beating plastic pollution, we can do it.”

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda announced a grand concert to take place on 27 April 2019 in support of the campaign and to raise awareness on the issue of single use plastics.
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