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UN Environment head Erik Solheim, said: "The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable - with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution".

"The spread of 180,000 tons of plastic materials. rings alarm bells", he noted.

Fahmy said during the celebrations of the World Environment Day that bags made of recycled fabric are a better alternative for plastic, adding that plastic bags will no longer be available for free.

"Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech.

Participating at an event to mark the World Environment Day here, he said that India is preparing to join the global "clean sea campaign" to contribute towards clean oceans.

World Environment Day is the United Nation's most significant day of the year for encouraging worldwide awareness and action regarding the preservation of our environment.

The Gujarat Pollution Control Board, despite criticism from the high court, is not equipped to deal with plastic pollution.

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For decades, official and popular efforts in Sudan have failed to find means to keep the environmental balance, curb up desert encroachment and lessen impact of drought waves.

The Prime Minister said, Government had launched the Namami Gange initiative and the programme has already started giving results.

"Every year, 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world, 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean and 17 million barrels of oil are used on plastic production".

He said India was his choice to host this year's "World Environment Day" due to a variety of reasons, including its vast population and fast economic growth. It hardly happens that we do not encounter plastic in some or the other form. The United Nations has named India as the 2018, and their theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution".

At the same time, five trillion of plastic bags are produced globally and they eventually end up at landfills, polluting the ground water, surface water and the entire environment. "If we work together we can make our vision our reality".

With plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, half of it used is disposable or single-use. Our ongoing drives to conserve and revive water bodies are addressing the pressing problem of clogging by plastic wastes.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also urged people to pledge to "beat plastic pollution". Mr Modi mentioned that the per-capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than any part of the developed world.

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