File photo of people walking past a large-scale sculpture of a killer whale made of single use plastic and 40,000 plastic bottle caps being displayed to raise awareness on ocean contamination at Elliot's beach in Chennai. The UNEP has praised India's efforts in the global Clean Seas campaign. (Photo: ARUN SANKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

The UN has hailed India for “championing” the phase-out of single-use plastics, and its engagement in the Clean Seas Campaign among other programmes, including marine litter, air pollution, environment and health.

In a letter to Environment Secretary CK Mishra, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Deputy Executive Secretary Joyce Msuya commended India for its leadership of the 13th conference under the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS COP 13).

“I commend India’s leadership of the CMS COP 13 and reiterate my organization’s commitment to support India during its presidency of the CMS.

“I would like to congratulate the Government of India for championing the phase-out of single-use plastics, and for its engagement in the Clean Seas Campaign among other programmes including marine litter, air pollution, and environment and health,” Msuya said.

“I acknowledge the Government of India’s support to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) India Office including your intention to increase contributions to UNEP Environment Fund.

Your support will enable UNEP to strengthen its engagement in India and the region, for promoting implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. I look forward to our sustained partnership,” the official added.

India hosted the CMS COP 13 from February 17-22 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, with participation from several countries to discuss conservation of migratory species and wild animals.