The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on October 4, 2018 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UN Environment for coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development.
The agreement was signed by Director-General of CII, Chandrajit Banerji and Executive Director at UN Environment, Erik Solheim at CII's headquarters in Delhi.
• The agreement aims to cover all major areas of interest common to both CII and UN Environment.
• It aims to provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate cooperation in areas including environment, climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and management, water sanitation, smart cities and urban infrastructure.
• The major activity planned under the agreement includes the #Un-plastic Initiative of the CII and UN Environment that will begin with a ‘Call to Action’, which will include commitments by the industry to take action to curb plastic pollution.
• Further, the CII will work towards voluntary codes in Indian industry on the issue of plastics. Outside India, the CII will engage with industry forums it is linked to in different countries, especially in Africa through its annual CII-Africa Conclave.
The initiative builds upon the momentum generated on the World Environment Day, 2018, whose theme was, ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
It is also in sync with the pledge undertaken by India earlier this year to eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022. The single-use plastic includes items such as plastic cutlery, plastic straws and plastic bags.
The pledge is the most ambitious of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world. The move aims to drastically stem the flow of plastic from the 1.3 billion people living in the fastest growing economy in the world.
Plastic pollution has been found across the globe, from the most remote oceanic islands to the more popular ones.
As a result of it, millions of tonnes of plastic enter the seas each year, choking the marine life, most of it in Asia.
On the occasion of the World Environment Day, India announced that it would be joining the UN’s clean seas campaign, which will establish programmes to monitor and tackle pollution along the country’s 7,500km coastline.
India also announced a national marine litter action campaign and a programme to measure how much plastic enters India’s coastal waters.
Besides this, India has also pledged to make 100 national monuments including the Taj Mahal, litter-free.
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