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Ministers pledge action on circular economy, sustainability

Responsible Business | Mar 28, 2019

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The fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi has closed with a series of pledges from national governments to embrace circular economy models, promote sustainable consumption and production and protect natural resources.

The non-binding resolutions adopted by the meeting included targets for the reduction of single-use plastics by 2030, and new mechanisms for collecting and sharing environmental data to aid in decision making by policymakers.

“The world is at a crossroads but… we have chosen the way forward” said Siim Kiisler, Estonia’s environment minister and chair of the assembly. “We have decided to do things differently. From reducing our dependence on single-use plastics to placing sustainability at the heart of all future development, we will transform the way we live. We have the innovative solutions we need. Now we must adopt the policies that allow us to implement them”.

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