The UK Deputy High Commissioner, Susie Kitchens, joined the Royal Society of Chemistry to discuss the UK’s perspective on ‘Wealth not Waste’ during the 12th Pan Africa Chemistry Network Conference 2018, which took place at the University of Nairobi yesterday.
Following an opening ceremony chaired by Professor Midiwo, Royal Society of Chemistry Council member David Rees and the Deputy High Commissioner addressed the gathered delegates.
Discussing the UK’s commitment to tackling plastic pollution, Ms Kitchens reiterated that plastics have been highlighted as one of the biggest environmental threats facing the world today.
“During the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting earlier this year, my Prime Minister launched the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance. This unites countries around the Commonwealth to turn the tide on plastic pollution,” she said.
“Through the Clean Oceans Alliance the UK government has committed to boost global research and help improve waste management … bringing a scientific, technical, economic and social perspective to the scourge of marine plastics,” she added.
Wealth not Waste – theme of 2018 #PanAfricaChem Network. Global scientists tackle the problem of >1bn tonnes solid waste / yr. Prof Aduda (trained @imperialcollege as Brit Council scholar) celebrates UK govt commitment #BeatPlasticPollution pic.twitter.com/W0g8Jt6xy1
— Susie Kitchens (@SusieKitchens) November 6, 2018
Among the other speakers at the conference supported by the UK Science and Innovation Network were Dr Avatar Mathuru from University of York who spoke about Green Chemistry and Sustainable Development Goals: Exploiting Unavoidable Food Supply Waste for Re-nutrition.
The conference runs until tomorrow (8 November).