Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution adopted in Agra

Taj Declaration to Beat Plastic Pollution was adopted here today as part of which efforts would be made to make the 500-meter area around the historic ivory-white marble monument litter-free and phase out the single-use plastic.

The adoption of the declaration – in presence of Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma, UN Environment Programme Executive Director Erik Solheim, UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Diya Mirza – came ahead of the World Environment Day on June 5.

Before the adoption of the declaration, the Culture Ministry held a stake-holders’ workshop chaired by Sharma.

The workshop focussed on curbing pollution near the 17th-century monument and drawing short-term and long-term plans to deal with the problem.

According to an official statement, a pledge was taken to make the 500-meter area around the Taj Mahal litter-free and take steps to phase out single-use plastic from the area.

Solheim expressed happiness that the UN slogan of Beat Plastic Pollution for this year’s Environment Day on June 5 is being highlighted from the Taj Mahal. The coming together of all the stake-holders is heartening, he said.

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