The G20 Will Also Address The Problem Of Marine Litter

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Agrees to create a global framework to reduce plastic waste in seas and oceans.

The G20 Energy and Environment Ministers agreed on June 16 to create an international framework that asks member countries to adopt measures to reduce the dumping of plastic waste into the ocean.

Plastic pollution has become a growing international concern, particularly after the bans imposed by China and other countries on the importation of plastic waste from abroad. Many countries, including Japan, have seen plastic waste accumulate as a result of the ban.

The marine pollution “is a matter that requires urgent action given its negative impact on marine ecosystems, their subsistence (…) and potentially human health , ” says the declaration adopted by the ministers at the end of their two – day meeting in the city of Karuizawa, in the Japanese region of Nagano.

The adoption of measures is postulated, however, as voluntary (each country should report on the progress of the same), and despite agreement on this matter, the G20 ministers were not in tune on all issues, as is the case of climate change. The United States, which withdrew from the climate change agreement reached in Paris in 2016, refused to back the commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The document adopted suggests, therefore, that the G20 countries, with the exception of the US, are committed to fully implement the agreement, which seeks to maintain the global increase in temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius at the end of the century compared to pre-industrial levels to mitigate the climate impact.

In terms of energy, the G20 ministers stressed the need to strengthen international cooperation to ensure a stable energy supply , after a few days ago, two oil cargoes were attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

The G20 Will Also Address The Problem Of Marine Litter

The incident is not explicitly mentioned in the text, but points out the importance of a “reliable energy infrastructure to avoid supply interruptions” and a ” diversification of energy sources , suppliers and routes, and the facilitation of open markets, flexible, transparent, competitive, stable and reliable ».

It is expected that these resolutions will be subsequently addressed at the G20 summit on June 28 and 29 in Osaka (west). The G20 group is composed of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United States United and the European Union.


Source: Residuos Profesional