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Thursday, February 13, 2020

UN bans disposable plastics in Nigerian workplaces

The United Nations has issued a prohibition of disposable plastics within the premises of all its organizations in Nigeria.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Mr Edward Kallon, issued the ban in a memo to all of the heads of UN organizations and UN workers, pronouncing the ban became part of “our commitment to contribute to international efforts at lowering dependence on single-use plastic materials in our environment however especially in the place of work.”

The UN coordinator stated that the ban might make a contribution to several Sustainable Development Goals.

Kallon said, “Please discuss with our assembly on January 30, 2020, wherein we deliberated and agreed to a series of choices and motion points. One key outcome at this meeting become our dedication to make contributions to worldwide efforts at decreasing dependence on single-use plastic materials in our environment however mainly within the workplace.

“Based on this choice, I kindly let you know that effective from February 15, the prohibition of unmarried-use plastics within the UN House premises will come into impact. I request you as heads of your respective organization to offer the needful leadership and guidance to operationalise this selection.

“Your operation managers ought to undertake appropriate administrative measures to curtail using unmarried-use plastics inside your corporation’s day by day operational and programme procurements and interventions.”

He delivered, “The UN House Manager is also recommended to adopt measures of this prohibition inside the UN House and create the required awareness, especially to our common outsourced provider carriers and vendors.”
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