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Haiti - Environment : Fight against plastic pollution
08/06/2018 09:08:23

Haiti - Environment : Fight against plastic pollution
As part of the World Environment Day (5 June) on the theme "Let's fight against Plastic Pollution", Mamadou Diallo, Special Representative of the Secretary-General ai, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations in Haiti, reiterated the United Nations support to Haiti in the fight against pollution and for the sustainable management of the environment recalling "[...] Haiti has set itself the goal of being an emerging country by 2030 and the United Nations will be at his side to walk this path, where the protection of the environment is essential and represents the commitment with our children and our grandchildren to leave them a healthy planet."

UN Environment stresses the need to strengthen education to reduce the consumption of disposable plastic, protect nature and promote good practices for sustainable consumption, as well as proper waste management. UN Environment encourages Government, industries, communities and individuals to work together to find sustainable alternatives to urgently reduce the production and overuse of single-use plastics, which are the source of pollution of our oceans and pose a great threat to the health of people and ecosystems.

"Protecting the environment is imperative to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. This represents the commitment of 193 countries, including Haiti, with their children and grandchildren for a better future and to leave them a healthy planet, at least in the state that was theirs when our generation inherited it [...]" stressed Mamadou Diallo.

United Nations experts draw attention to the fact that good environmental practices are essential to reduce plastic pollution and move towards the sustainable management of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The United Nations in Haiti commends the actions that the Haitian Government has carried out in collaboration with its partners for the protection of natural areas.

The United Nations will continue to support the Government of Haiti in setting up a series of initiatives aimed at the rehabilitation and protection of the environment. For example, UN Environment and UNOPS have supported the creation of a hybrid (solar, wind) power generating plant, which is managed by the Electric Cooperative of the Arrondissement des Coteaux http://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-22488-icihaiti-energy-installation-of-solar-panels-continues-at-the-centrale-of-coteaux.html

UN Environment also supports the Town Hall of Les Cayes in formulating an integrated waste management plan. At the same time, with the support of the UN Environment, the town hall is running a pilot project for waste management on the beach at Gelée.

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