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G-20 to adopt new Framework on Marine Plastic Waste

Date: 18 June 2019 Tags: Conventions, Organizations

The Environment Ministers Group of 20 (G-20) countries have agreed to adopt new implementation framework for actions to tackle the issue of marine plastic waste onglobal scale. This decision was taken at G20 meeting of Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth in Karuizawa, Japan ahead of G20 Leaders summit to be held in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29, 2019.

New framework

  • It is aimed at facilitating further concrete action on marine waste, though on voluntary basis, after the G20 Hamburg Summit in Germany adopted “G20 action plan on marine litter” in 2017.
  • Under it, G20 members will promotecomprehensive life-cycle approach to prevent and reduce plastic litter discharge to the oceans through various measures and international cooperation.
  • G20 members will also share best practices, promote innovation and boost scientific monitoring and analytical methodologies.

Background

This new global collective framework comes in the aftermath of images of plastic debris-strewn beaches and dead animals with stomachs full of plastic sparking outrage with many countries banning plastic bags outright. Under this new framework, Japan in this autumn host meeting o officials of environment ministers in the G20 countries during G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue.