Sweden supports UN efforts to clean up oceans

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-08 04:02:51|Editor: yan
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STOCKHOLM, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The Swedish government Wednesday joined the Clean Seas campaign, a global initiative launched by the UN Environment on marine litter, as the UN Ocean Conference was ongoing in New York.

It was announced in a statement on the government's website, which also says Sweden will support the initiative to remove plastic from the seas.

"The oceans are humanity's lifeblood but they are being turned into garbage dumps. We have a shared responsibility to act now," Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog said in the statement.

Sweden will contribute about 1 million U.S. dollars to the Clean Seas campaign.

Sweden's joining was applauded by the the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

"Sweden's generosity and strong support will help us to intensify our efforts and put science-based knowledge into practice through global awareness and concrete measures," Erik Solheim, head of the UNEP, said in the statement.

The Clean Seas campaign was launched in January 2017 with an aim to raise public awareness of marine garbage.

A large portion of trash in marine environments comes from dry land. That is why it is essential to also focus on land-based pollutants, the statement read.