ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has signed a ground-breaking initiative aimed at encouraging his Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours to take further steps to eliminate the use of single-use plastics and end ocean pollution.
The St John’s Declaration was signed as the twin-island nation on Saturday hosted the Play it Out festival, which brought together regional and international artistes, policy leaders, innovators, and celebrity guests to raise awareness about and fight plastic pollution.
“It is now time for CARICOM action. To effectively address plastic pollution in the Caribbean Sea and to deal with the issue of plastic pollution, it must be seen and addressed as a regional problem with a regional response,” Browne said at the concert.
In welcoming the St John’s Declaration, President of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, who has launched a global call to action on plastic pollution, said it was not only historic but also “highly practical and can be implemented”.