Meeting of African first ladies in Japan

The African first ladies attending the VII Tokyo International Conference on Development in Africa have held a top level parallel event on “Solutions to plastic contamination for development in Africa”.

The meeting, which also featured institutions such as the African Union Commission, NEPAD, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, regional economic communities, development partners and the Japanese private sector, aimed to increase the promotion of the prohibition of plastics on the African continent.

To increase understanding and raise awareness in the African population, share experiences and best practice from within and outside Africa, and to define a strategic plan of action on solutions to plastic pollution were some of the other aims of the meeting of African first ladies.

The event, organised by the Commission, in collaboration with United Nations Environment, looked at the implementation of the communique adopted by the African first ladies at the top level parallel event on the prohibition of plastics aimed at a campaign for an Africa free from pollution, held on 10th February 2019, in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, on the fringes of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Union Assembly.

At the meeting in Addis Abeba, the African first ladies committed to using various channels and platforms to push for the prohibition of plastics.

Plastics affect the entire biological spectrum, including risks to human health and wildlife. The African Union is concerned about the rise in pollution, particularly in the main cities in Africa. The world is inundated with harmful plastic waste. It is estimated that 8 million tons of plastic have ended up in the oceans. If the current trend continues, by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic than fish.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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