Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne will join the President of the United Nations General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa, in launching an international concert on plastic pollution in June.
Browne and Espinosa will appear at a news conference on April 30 to launch the “Play It Out” concert to be held in Antigua on June 1.
Grammy Award singer, Ashanti, will also be present to help announce the concert.
They will be joined Mona Juul, the Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations and Walton Webson, the Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda.
The UN said that both Norway and Antigua and Barbuda governments are major supporters and global advocates of the campaign to tackle plastic pollution.
Earlier this month in a message posted on his official Facebook page, Prime Minister Browne said his administration had introduced legislation to ban single-use plastic bags in 2016, making it the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to do so.
“The island nation soon followed this measure with additional bans on plastic utensils and styrofoam.
Antigua and Barbuda is so serious about its stance on single-use plastics that in 2018, national health authorities mulled over penalties for individuals caught importing, selling, or distributing banned plastics and styrofoam disposables.
“In 2019, the government of Antigua introduced a bill to the federal legislature that includes steeper fines for residents caught importing the banned items. Antigua has also made a greater push to educate citizens about how to reduce waste. Since their ban started, many other countries, including Chile and Colombia, have followed.” Browne wrote.