UN General Assembly president launches global campaign against plastic pollution

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UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa on Tuesday launched a global campaign against plastic pollution, primarily to raise awareness among peoples around the world.

"I intend to leverage the capacity of the office of the president of the General Assembly to support ongoing global campaigns to beat plastic pollution," Espinosa told reporters at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Eighty percent of consumed single-use plastic ends up in the ocean. It is estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean, she noted.

The campaign was launched together with Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, and Norway's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mari Skare. Enditem

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