- At the recent G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, held in Japan, G20 economies has adopted a new implementation framework for actions to combat marine plastic pollution.
- The new framework is aimed at facilitating further concrete action on marine waste, on a voluntary basis. In 2017, at G20 Hamburg Summit in Germany, the member countries had adopted the “G20 action plan on marine litter”. The plan seeks to promote and initiate measures and actions at local, national, and regional levels to prevent and reduce marine litter.
- Under the new framework, G20 members are tasked with promoting a comprehensive approach to prevent and reduce plastic waste discharge to the oceans through various measures and international cooperation.
- Further, the member countries will share best practices, promote innovation and boost scientific monitoring and analytical methodologies.
- Japan has decided to host the first meeting under the new framework 2019 autumn at the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue.
- Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental crisis today. Researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the early 1950s. About 60% of that plastic has ended up in either a landfill or the natural environment.
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