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G7 Supports UN Agreements on Plastic Pollution

The Group of Seven (G7) leading Western industrialised nations are supporting an ambitious UN agreement to reduce plastics, a German minister said on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.
“As industrialised countries, we have a special obligation to curb the effects of the massive pollution crisis.
“As G7 countries, we are committed to reducing global plastic production and consumption,” German Environment Minister, Steffi Lemke, said at the meeting of the G7 climate, energy, and environment ministers in Italy.
“The G7 also wants to rapidly ratify the UN Convention on the Protection of the High Seas.
“We depend on healthy oceans to combat the climate crisis, the pollution crisis, and the crisis of species extinction.”
Lemke said the UN Convention on the Protection of the High Seas Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) is the first set of rules to protect biodiversity in the world’s oceans.
She said protected areas on the high seas need to be designated quickly to place 30 percent of the world’s oceans under strict protection.
“Here in Turin, we as the G7 are making a clear commitment to the agreement and pledging to ratify it quickly by June 2025.
“The agreement can only enter into force once 60 states have ratified it,” said Lemke.
She also welcomed the establishment of the G7 Water Coalition. “We need common strategies and goals to protect our global water resources.
“In 2023 UN Water Conference created unprecedented political momentum in the water sector.
“We want to use this together to advance integrated water management globally.”
At their meeting on the outskirts of Turin on Monday, April 29, the ministers already agreed to phase out coal by 2035.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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