Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 9th of September, urged the citizens of India to avoid the use of plastic items and join Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s in eliminating single use plastics.
Mr. Modi said, “I believe the time has come for even the world to say goodbye to single use plastics.”
Narendra Modi addressed the 14th Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Noida, Delhi.
This year, India is hosting the COP to discuss major issues like climate change, global warming, biodiversity and land management.
According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme, approximately 30 % of 60 countries which banned single use plastics, reported a decline in the use of single use plastics till now.
Proud of India’s Swachh Bharat campaign, Mr. Modi said India recorded 99 % sanitation from 38 % in the past 5 years. He said, “I would like to announce that India would raise its ambition of the total area that would be restored from its land degradation status, from twenty one million hectares to twenty six million hectares between now and 2030.”
During the 14th COP, Mr. Modi also appreciated the reducing rate of deforestation. Mr. Modi said India increased its forest area by 0.8 million hectares between 2015 and 2017.
During the COP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also discussed issues pertaining to water scarcity, climate and deforestation.
Approximately 196 countries and 8,000 delegates attended the 14th COP of the UNCCD.
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