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Extensive cooperation to stop marine pollution

At their meeting in Japan, the environment ministers of G20 countries agreed on a global framework for the introduction and application of measures to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste pollution.

The environment and energy ministers of Group 20 countries met in Kauizawa, northwest of Tokyo to discuss the problems of marine environmental pollution ahead of the Osaka G20 Summit to be held on 28-29 June.

The agreement reached at the meeting builds on the action plan adopted at the 2017 Hamburg G20 Summit (G20 Action Plan on Marine Litter), and introduces a framework system for the application of measures that – although on a voluntary basis – will make it easier to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Under the framework system, the
G20 member states will endeavour
to adopt a lifecycle-based approach
in order to reduce waste production,
and they will share their experiences
of best practices, promote innovation and increase scientific monitoring of
the extent of environmental pollution.

At the global level, some 300 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated each year, of which about 8 million tonnes end up in the world’s oceans, according to UN data. The largest quantities of plastic waste are discarded into the world’s seas and oceans from Asian countries, including G20 members such as China and India.

Tackling marine plastic waste is one of the most pressing environmental problems of our times Photo: Shutterstock
Further information: Reuters

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