Xinhua News Agency, Geneva, November 18 (Reporter Chen Junxia) The World Trade Organization held a working meeting on "Informal Dialogue on Plastic Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastic Trade" (also known as "Plastic Pollution Prevention and Control Initiative") in Geneva, Switzerland from November 17th to 18th. , to explore how to promote the docking and cooperation of the "Plastic Pollution Prevention and Control Initiative" and the "Replace Plastic with Bamboo" initiative, two initiatives initiated and mainly promoted by China.
Fu Jinhe, a representative from the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization, said at the meeting that bamboo, as a green, low-carbon, fast-growing, renewable and degradable biomass material, can play a series of global challenges such as addressing climate change, alleviating poverty, and repairing degraded land. can play a unique role.
WTO members such as the United Kingdom, Ecuador, and the Philippines responded positively to the "replace plastic with bamboo" initiative, saying that they will work with China to strengthen cooperation with the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization, and actively promote the formulation of international trade policies and policies that are conducive to "replace plastic with bamboo" products. International standards, etc.
Zhang Xiaohui, the Chinese delegation to the WTO, said that the "replacing plastic with bamboo" initiative is highly compatible with the "plastic pollution prevention and control initiative", and suggested that bamboo and rattan be used as an important target commodity to promote international trade in plastic substitutes. Research and discussion.
At the meeting, representatives from several WTO members, relevant international organizations and think tanks also conducted dialogues and exchanges on how to deal with plastic pollution from a trade perspective.
China is the initiator and one of the six co-coordinators of the WTO's "Plastic Pollution Prevention and Control Initiative". The initiative currently has 75 WTO members participating and covers 75% of the global trade in plastics.
The "Replace Plastic with Bamboo" initiative was jointly initiated by China and the International Bamboo and Rattan Organization. Its purpose is to deepen the cooperation of "Replace Plastic with Bamboo" in the world, and make better use of the outstanding advantages and role of bamboo in replacing plastic products.
(Editors in charge: Yang Guangyu, Bai Yu)
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