OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa
Making the United Nations relevant to all people
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Cody Simpson joins stellar line-up of performers at ‘Play it Out’ concert in Antigua, 1st June, as global leaders lead fight-back against single use plastics pollution
As part of a global initiative led by the President of the UN General Assembly, a music festival on the island of Antigua will, this weekend, bring together musicians, artists, celebrities, policy leaders and innovators to raise awareness on the issue of plastic pollution.
A partnership between the PGA, and the Governments of Antigua and Barbuda, and Norway, the ‘Play it Out’ festival will be held 1 June at the Sir Vivian Richards National Stadium and live-streamed globally.
Grammy Award winner, Ashanti, will headline along with Trinidad and Tobago’s pre-eminent soca envoy, Machel Montano. Other international artists include Bomba Estereo, Nico and Vinz, Robin Schulz, Rocky Dawuni, and St. Lucia.
“Single-use plastics, dumped in our oceans and rivers are clogging up the very arteries of our planet”, said Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). “The younger generation is taking a lead on this issue. They are demanding that we act now if we are to achieve cleaner oceans and a healthier, more sustainable planet. We simply have no time to lose".
The festival is part of a broader campaign led by the President of UNGA, who earlier this year launched a global call to action on plastic pollution. The campaign focuses on phasing out the use of single-use plastics and aims to raise awareness of the impact of plastics on the environment and human health.
“The ocean is our life. We depend on it for our air, food, and livelihoods,” said Australian singer-songwriter and UNDP Ocean Advocate Cody Simpson.
“I grew up by the ocean and I want to do everything I can to protect and preserve it,” Simpson said. “That’s why I’m proud to be a part of the Play It Out Festival in Antigua to raise awareness of how dangerous plastic pollution is for our oceans, marine life and our future. I hope that we can inspire others to join us in our fight to keep our oceans healthy. Because only together can we #BeatPlasticPollution.”
Ms. Fernanda Espinosa thanked the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda and Norway for their fantastic support for the ‘Play it Out’ concert and the wider campaign against single-use plastics pollution. “Antigua and Norway are clearly demonstrating leadership on this very topical and concerning issue”, she said
The ‘Play it Out’ concert will be live-streamed globally and can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHftsjvKcCo