The United Nations in Tanzania on Friday organized a cycling event aimed at raising public awareness on plastics and air pollution.

The UN organized the event at a time when Tanzania joined other nations across the world to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day, said Alvaro Rodriguez, the UN resident coordinator for Tanzania.

The event, held in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, involved government, multilateral organizations, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Environment Program and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, he said.

Other participants included the European Union, the German Embassy in Tanzania, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations, Rodriguez said.

“Let’s come together and cycle against plastics and air pollution,” he appealed to the public.

According to World Bank data, air pollution costs the global economy more than 5 trillion U.S. dollars every year in welfare costs.

The effects are worse in developing countries, where in some places welfare losses represent nearly 7.5 percent of gross domestic product, the data show. Enditem



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