Beat Plastic Pollution week

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From: 04/05/2018
To: 09/06/2018
Location: CCIA Abidjan and Grand Bassam
Beat Plastic Pollution week

From June 4-9, 2018, the African Development Bank is celebrating World Environment Day on June 5 on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” and the World Oceans Day on June 8 with a focus on “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean” with a range of activities programmed in Abidjan.

Every year, 500 billion plastic bags are used around the world; 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean, 17 million barrels of oil are used on plastic production; 100,000 marine animals are killed by plastics; and 83% of tap water are found to contain plastic particles. This is alarming and dangerous to the environment. In particular, it’s impacting the ocean, which is the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.

The African Development Bank believes that action must be taken to beat plastic pollution in Africa, including in daily private life and at workplace like at its headquarters in Côte d’Ivoire. Through this initiative, the Bank is reconfirming its commitment to playing a leadership role in ensuring environmental sustainability, while supporting economic prosperity and social inclusion in Africa. To this effect, the Bank is aiming to celebrate the World Environment Day 2018 and World Ocean Day by raising the awareness of its own staff and engaging key partners and communities in Côte d’Ivoire, in order to safeguard the environment.

Monday, June 4 

Venue: Auditorium CCIA  Time: 09:00 – 11:00

Awareness raising ceremony and launching of activities

  • Awareness raising ceremony, with a pledge board for a less use of plastics at the Bank.
  • Exhibition of products made from plastic recycling, in partnership with Magic System Foundation

Tuesday, June 5 

Venue: Auditorium CCIA  Time: 09:00 – 12:30

World Environment Day

Panel discussion on “Beating Plastic Pollution in Africa”

The World Environment Day 2018 is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time – plastic pollution. The theme invites all stakeholders to consider how they can make changes in their everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on the natural and human environment. While plastic has many valuable uses, its single-use or disposable has severe environmental and health consequences. The celebration of the World Environment Day and the World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to engage partners from all corners of society and the world to raise awareness and take action to beat plastic pollution in Africa and contribute to protecting the ocean from plastic pollution.

Saturday, June 9 

Venue: Grand Bassam  Time: 09:00 – 12:30

Beach cleaning campaign

As part of activities to mark the 2018 celebrations, the African Development Bank is organizing in collaboration with the Ministry of Hygiene, Environment and Sustainable Development (MINSEDD) of Cote d’Ivoire; Magic System Foundation; UN System in Côte d’Ivoire; Embassy of India in Côte d’Ivoire; and Grand Bassam Municipality a Beach Cleaning Campaign on Saturday June 9, 2018 from 08:00 to 12:00 in Grand Bassam (UNESCO World Heritage Site at 30 km from Abidjan) to celebrate World Environment Day 2018 and World Ocean Day 2018.

Download the concept note

Download the agenda

Official hashtags: #WED2018 #BeatPlasticPollution

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