The theme for this year's edition is "Beat Plastic Pollution", and several government agencies and individuals are coming together for the cause.
The forum was jointly organised by the Australian High Commission, Ghana Wildlife Society and the USAID funded West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change, and assembled stakeholders in the environment to discuss and find practical ways too, "Beat Plastic Pollution".
The study, billed as the most comprehensive review of government action to curb single-use plastics, said up to five trillion plastic bags were used worldwide each year.
"These companies have drawn a line in the sand, pledging to do their bit to stem the tide of plastic waste and plastic pollution", Sage said.
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Pawin Talerngsri, a member of the national reform committee on natural resources and the environment, said more legal measures are needed to reduce plastic waste.
This year, India is the global host nation for the 43rd edition of World Environment Day. In 2008, Rwanda became one of the first African countries to impose a complete ban on thin plastic bags as part of its Vision 2020 plan for sustainability.
More than 73 million toilets have been built across the country, according to the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
The objective of celebrating world environment day is to bring worldwide focus on importance of environment and to stimulate attention and actions for improving the environment.
"We also recognise the need to tackle the issue of water availability, which is becoming a major challenge in India, which is why we have launched the massive Namami Gange initiative. This programme has already started giving results and will soon revive the Ganga, our most precious river", the Prime Minister said, adding that environmental degradation hurts the poor and vulnerable the most. If the present trend continues, plastic in the sea will weigh more than all marine animals combined, with most of the pollution originating in emerging nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which do not have appropriate systems to collect and treat it.
In 2008, the Government of Rwanda successfully made a decision to ban plastic bags from being used anymore, and this has since played a positive role in development efforts.
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