CII, UN Environment sign MoU for environmental cooperation

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the UN Environment has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development. The agreement was signed by Director-General of CII, Chandrajit Banerji and Executive Director at UN Environment, Erik Solheim at CII’s headquarters in Delhi.

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Key Highlights

  • The agreement aims to cover all major areas of interest common to both CII and UN Environment.
  • It aims to provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate cooperation in areas including environment, climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, resource conservation and management, water sanitation, smart cities, and urban infrastructure.
  • The major activity planned under the agreement includes the Un-plastic Initiative of the CII and UN Environment that will begin with a ‘Call to Action’, which will include commitments by the industry to take action to curb plastic pollution.
  • Further, the CII will work towards voluntary codes in Indian industry on the issue of plastics. Outside India, the CII will engage with industry forums it is linked to in different countries, especially in Africa through its annual CII-Africa Conclave.

Background

  • Plastic pollution has been found across the globe, from the most remote oceanic islands to the more popular ones.
  • As a result of it, millions of tonnes of plastic enter the seas each year, choking the marine life, most of it in Asia.
  • On the occasion of the World Environment Day, India announced that it would be joining the UN’s clean seas campaign, which will establish programmes to monitor and tackle pollution along the country’s 7,500km coastline.
  • India also announced a national marine litter action campaign and a programme to measure how much plastic enters India’s coastal waters.
  • Besides this, India has also pledged to make 100 national monuments including the Taj Mahal, litter-free.

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