NOIDA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that Time has come for the world to say good-bye to single-use plastics.
He was speaking at the 14th Conference of Parties (CoP14) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
"My government has announced that India will put an end to single-use plastic in the coming years. I believe the time has come for even the world to say good-bye to single-use plastic," the prime minister said.
India has taken over COP presidency from China for two years, following which India will host the COP of all three Rio conventions, on climate change, biodiversity and land.
"India looks forward to making an effective contribution as we take over the COP Presidency for a two-year term," Prime Minister Modi added.
Last month, during his monthly radio address to the nation, 'Mann Ki Baat', the Prime Minister had pitched for launching a "new mass movement" against single-use plastic from October 2.
PM Modi called upon the leadership of UNCCD to conceive global water action agenda which is central to Land Degradation Neutrality strategy.
"Augmenting water supply, enhancing water recharge, retaining moisture in soil are part of holistic land, water strategy," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also announced that India would raise its target for restoring degraded land from 21 million hectares to 26 million hectares by 2030.
He stated that between 2015 and 2017, India's tree and forest cover increased by 0.8 million hectares.
"I would like to announce that India would raise its ambition of the total area that would be restored from its land degradation status, from twenty-one million hectares to twenty-six million hectares between now and 2030," the Prime Minister said.
Promising India's cooperation in tackling the increasing menace of climate change and land degradation, the Prime Minister assured that India will be happy to propose steps for greater South-South cooperation in handling climate change, biodiversity and land degradation.
With inputs from ANI, PTI