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HCMC Consular Corps works towards combating plastic pollution
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HCMC Consular Corps works towards combating plastic pollution

The Saigon Times Daily

Representatives of foreign diplomatic missions in HCMC pose with the Code of Conduct on Combating Plastic Pollution at the signing ceremony - PHOTO: COURTESY OF CANADIAN CONSULATE GENERAL IN HCMC

In honor of World Environment Day, several consuls general and honorary consuls in HCMC have signed a Code of Conduct on Combating Plastic Pollution.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Canadian Consul General Kyle Nunas said 86% of plastic is used once and then discarded. Vietnam is reportedly among the top five source countries for the roughly eight million tons of plastic that ends up in the world’s oceans a year. But the issue is not limited to Vietnam. All countries, including Canada, need to step up efforts to combat plastic pollution, he said.

By signing this code of conduct, the consuls general commit to minimizing plastic waste by improving internal practices, engaging their staff on the issue, and encouraging their partners to adopt low- or no-plastic waste-emitting options.

“We acknowledge our collective responsibility as international partners in Vietnam to work with some urgency as change agents to reduce plastic pollution and raise awareness about its negative effects on humans, animals and the environment,” the document reads.

The committed actions include refusing to buy or use disposable plastic water bottles in their offices, and endeavoring to find alternatives to plastic for the meetings and events they organize.

They also pledge to undertake an assessment of their current office practices and their impact on the amount of plastic waste generated, and institute operational changes to minimize plastic waste footprint.

For internal practices, they will engage their employees on the need to reduce plastic waste, and inform them how they can help refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics at the household level.

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