India supports UN initiative to eliminate single-use plastic

India has joined efforts by the UN to eliminate single-use plastic in the world bodys headquarters here and promote healthy lifestyle by marking the World Bicycle Day, weaving in Mahatma Gandhis message of environmental sustainability and climate action in its support for the initiatives. Indias Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, joined by Under-Secretary-General for Operational Support Atul Khare, Indias Deputy Permanent Representative to UN K Nagaraj Naidu and all diplomats from Indias Permanent Mission to the UN, distributed free cloth bags to UN staff members in the premises of the UN headquarters. India acts in support of @ UN efforts. No to Single Use Plastics @UN in New York, Akbaruddin tweeted. The blue bags were emblazoned with Gandhis message of The Future Depends on What You Do Today above his image and the logo of the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi to be commemorated this year. It also had the line Say No To Single Use Plastic (Indias support for the United Nations initiative) Later, all the Indian diplomats and officers from the Indian mission, led by Akbaruddin, also participated in the commemoration of World Bicycle Day, wearing customized blue T-shirts and cycling together during a special outdoor event in the UN headquarters overlooking the East River. Bicycles Breakthrough Barriers. Team @IndiaUNNewYork is 1st to cycle together @UN to observe #WorldBicycleDay. #ClimateAction, Akbaruddin tweeted. Naidu also tweeted India partners with the United Nations initiative of eliminating single-use plastic @UN and Cycling is linked to 12 SDGs and has been clean mode of transport for over the last two centuries. General Assembly President Mar Noting that transport is the third-largest source of CO2, Espinosa cited studies showing that if just 10 per cent of city journeys were taken by bike, urban transport emissions would fall by 7 per cent. World Bicycle Day encourages UN Member States to consider the bicycle in cross-cutting development strategies, including in international, regional, national and sub-national development policies and programmes. It encourages member states to improve road safety and integrate it into sustainable mobility and transport infrastructure planning and design. It also encourages everyone to use the bicycle to foster sustainable development, strengthen education, promote health and facilitate social inclusion and a culture of peace. Happy #BicycleDay! I am very honored to be here today w\/@UN family inspiring cycling advocates to celebrate the contributions of this humble machine to human health, social economic mobility, road safety and #ClimateAction! #BicyclesChangeLives #UN4ALL, Espinosa tweeted.


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