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UN resolution pledges to plastic reduction by 2030

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12:20 16-03-2019
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One hundred and seventy countries have pledged to "significantly reduce" the use of plastics by 2030, BBC reports.

After five days of talks at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, a non-binding resolution was made over throwaway items like plastic bags.

An initial proposal to phase out single-use plastic by 2025 was opposed by several nations including the US.

Over eight million tonnes of plastic enter the world's oceans each year.

"It's hard to find one solution for all member states," Siim Kiisler, the UN assembly president, told journalists before the vote.

"The environment is at a turning point. We don't need verbose documents, we need concrete commitments."

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