U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a global ban on the sale of shoes that include a toe, shoe, heel, heel strap, shoe assembly and other parts, which he said are known as “darting” products.
Guterre also called for the elimination of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s funding for “the manufacture and marketing of such products.”
The U.K. also has banned the sale and manufacture of the product.
The U-M’s “Dodge” sneakers, which are made in Germany, were banned in the U.L.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia last month.
“In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of shoe companies which are ‘dart’ makers, such as the U-Mi, U-S, U.M. and the Umm, all of which are implicated in the sale or use of such components in the production of footwear,” Guterrez said in a statement.
“I have grave concerns that the global market for ‘darts’ products is being used as a tool to undermine the effectiveness of the UN Children’s Funds.”
The statement was issued by Guterras office in Geneva and was published in the office’s official Twitter account.
The U.s. was the first country to outlaw the sale in 2018.
The country was the last to introduce a ban, and only after the United States did so in the 1980s.
The UN’s Children’s Agency for International Development has called on all countries to eliminate the use of the term “darts” in their marketing of footwear.
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