Islamabad: According to press reports, Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz remarked at a seminar titled “Challenges and Strategies for Effective Plastic Management to Improve Human Health” that regulatory power is required to solve environmental concerns.

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In conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Global Water Challenge, the Coco-Cola Foundation, and New World, the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) organised the seminar.

The minister noted at the event that environmental degradation is a worldwide issue that requires a joint approach. He asked scientists and university students to come up with innovative solutions to environmental problems and to improve the country’s socioeconomic situation.

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UNESCO Country Director Patricia McPhillips told the seminar attendees that plastic pollution is the greatest significant danger to the environment and human health, and that reducing its impact requires a worldwide effort. She went on to warn that the worldwide production and consumption of plastic is increasing at an alarming rate. A public awareness campaign, as well as actions at the local level, were proposed by the director.

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