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More than 80 countries have already introduced similar bans, writes NOVA TV.
New Zealand officially banned disposable plastic bags, introducing heavy fines for companies that continue to provide them.
Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed each year.
Istanbul will host a forum on energy efficiency financing that is sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on Sept. 16-17.
The forum, entitled "Building a Global Energy Efficiency Financing Alliance," will be held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative.