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UN-Habitat inks MoU with MCI, ICCI for CGP

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ISLAMABAD: UN-Habitat aims to contribute to the “Clean and Green Pakistan” (CGP) programme launched by the PM of Pakistan to improve the health, hygiene, environment and sanitary conditions in the country over a period of five years.

The UN-Habitat also planned to boost local economic development of the cities by encouraging private sector participation in the civic development, said a press release issued here today. 
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) and Prime Institute.
UN-Habitat intends to sign similar MoUs with the major Metropolitan Corporations of the country as this MoU was the first in the series.
The UN-Habitat considers that the signing of MoU between the partners provides an excellent opportunity for development of “Business Plans” for MCI to strengthen its revenue and income base.
“This MoU would also support in creating successful models of solid and liquid waste management within the limits of MCI under the patronage of the mayor,” said the press release.
In this regard, the UN-Habitat can provide technical support, while the ICCI could mobilize financial support under the model of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prime Institute could monitor the economic benefits of such interventions. With the successful results of this partnership, the collaboration could be expended into other areas such as providing clean drinking water, the establishment of waste to energy projects etc, it added.
The UN-Habitat was building the capacity of municipalities through a Municipal Business Planning Pilot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province targeting one city. Municipal Business Plan was the first ever municipal business plan developed by any of the Town/Tehsil Municipal Administration of the province, said the press release.
The Plan provided strategic guidance to the Town Council, Administration and Town Nazim of Town Municipal Administration I, Peshawar from 2018-19 to 2024-25. The pilot main aim was to test the challenges in implementing improved business planning, revenue collection, and cost reduction, it said.

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British Shadow Justice Minister on climate change

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BRADFORD: Climate/ecological change is one of the biggest challenges that humanity faces in the modern era. 

British Shadow Minister  Imran Hussain maintains: “With disaster awaiting if we do not make substantial changes to the way that we live our lives, and I was visited recently by school children from Bradford who came to talk to me about their campaign against climate change.

“It’s always positive to see young people get involved in a deeply important issue, and their actions should serve as a wakeup call to the Government that their views must no longer be ignored.

“They are also right to be worried about the kind of planet they will inherit and demand far-reaching action, for if we do not act over the next 12 years, we will forever miss the opportunity to do anything about it.”

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Minister opens Clean and Green Pakistan drive

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LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Transport Jahanzeb Khan Khichi Thursday said that Pakistan would emerge as the new Switzerland of South Asia due to the clean & green campaign.
Addressing a ceremony arranged in connection with Clean & Green Pakistan campaign here at Daanish School of Vehari, he said: “the people should actively participate to make it a success because neat & clean environment depicts civilized nations.” The minister inaugurated the campaign by planting a tree while students from different schools and colleges planted 5,000 saplings. In his address, the minister stressed the need for a clean environment for the younger generations, adding that trees were very vital as they gave oxygen, store carbon and also gave life to the wildlife. The ceremony was also attended by MNA Aurangzeb Khan Khichi, MPA Ali Raza Khakwani, Chairman District Council Peer Ghulam Mohyuddin Chishti and Deputy Commissioner Irfan Ali Kathia.

 

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Can Japan end its obsession with plastic?

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TOKYO: Amid global concern apropos single-use waste, new legislation can help end Japan’s obsession with plastic.
The push comes ahead of the G20 summit, which Japan will host in Osaka in June. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government wants to use the meeting to push for an agreement on reducing marine plastic waste. But the country’s own record on single-use plastic is hardly exemplary: Japan generates more plastic packaging waste per capita than any other country except the United States, according to the UN.
“We believe there is room to reduce that volume and we are now considering ways to do that,” said Kentaro Doi, director of plastic waste strategy at Japan’s environment ministry. In 2018, Japan’s government unveiled a proposal to start tackling the issue, with the goal of reducing the country’s 9.4 million tonnes of plastic waste a year by 25 percent by 2030.
A key part of the proposal is to require businesses to charge for plastic bags – a measure that has been already been widely adopted around the world. “What we are going to do is to put a value on it… we would like people to think about whether it is really necessary to use them,” Doi told the Media. 
But government officials acknowledge Japan is coming to the issue late – dozens of countries already require businesses to charge for plastic bags, and many have banned their use outright. “Other countries were ahead of us,” concedes Doi, adding that the policy in Japan “will be introduced in 2020, at the earliest.”

 

 

 

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