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Joyce Msuya, acting executive director of the U.N. Environment Program: "China has a lot to offer in terms of lessons, not least around climate change and beating pollution." (Photo courtesy of U.N. Environment)
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UN environment head: World should look to China for lessons

On plastic pollution, Beijing's recent moves are 'crucial to global efforts'

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BANGKOK -- When Joyce Msuya, a Tanzanian microbiologist, World Bank veteran and acting executive director of United Nations Environment Program, spoke at its fourth assembly in March, she said, "This is the time to actually make a dent -- make a difference in the environment. ... Nature is not inexhaustible. It must be viewed as we do financial capital."

Msuya advocated waste reduction, reuse of materials, and rethinking production processes, and called on the world to move beyond fossil fuels: "They have served us well for centuries but we have technologies now, innovations, that will give the same result with minimum impact on the planet."

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