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Under Secretary General of United Nations and Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary, C.K. Mishra sign a Letter of Intent on hosting of World Environment Day 2018, in the presence of the Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union MoS Culture and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi on Feb 19, 2018. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Calling the announcement the “beginning of the end of plastic”, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said the ministry will take the lead in discouraging the use of plastic….reports Asian Lite News

Under Secretary General of United Nations and Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Secretary, C.K. Mishra sign a Letter of Intent on hosting of World Environment Day 2018, in the presence of the Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan and Union MoS Culture and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma in New Delhi.(Photo: IANS/PIB)

India will host the World Environment Day 2018, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and United Nations Environment Program chief Erik Solheim said on Monday.

The theme for the World Environment Day-2018, held every year on June 5, is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Canada hosted the event in 2017.

Calling the announcement the “beginning of the end of plastic”, Harsh Vardhan said the ministry will take the lead in discouraging the use of plastic.

“For India, World Environment Day 2018 is not a symbolic celebration but a mission,” the Minister said, adding that environmental issues are not merely technical but real moral issues.

Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. (Photo: IANS)

Voicing concern over the oceans being polluted due to plastic, Erik Solheim said that plastic pollution is a huge environment and health issue.

“When big plastics degrade into small pieces, it gets into the ocean. Small plastic particles are eaten by fish. We eat fish and the plastic gets into our body. So plastic pollution is a huge environment and health issue,” Erik Solheim said.

Meanwhile, Harsh Vardhan also launched the first electric charging facility at the Lodhi Road UN office — the first ever in a UN office in India .