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Plastic pollution no more – Nordic report suggests tools and ways forward

Plastic pollution no more – Nordic report suggests tools and ways forward

NordenBladet – Today the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment and Climate are publishing a new report on possible approaches to a new global agreement to prevent plastic pollution. Join the virtual launch that brings together leaders from across the globe to discuss what such a new global agreement could include to be an effective tool.

The Nordic ministers have supported the global policy discussion on stronger global commitments to eliminate plastic litter in the oceans since 2016 by providing support to reports, assessments and to the intergovernmental process established by the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA). This report is a contribution from the Nordic countries to inform discussions about a new agreement.

No one-size-fits-all

Mismanaged plastic waste ending up in the environment and the ocean is a growing environmental challenge of global concerns. Large quantities of plastics is found in our oceans, air, soil and freshwater resources and is threat to our marine ecosystem.

In 2017, the United Nations Environment Assembly agreed to the long-term vision to eliminate all discharge of plastic litter into the ocean. Reports to the UN have demonstrated fundamental gaps in the existing international legal and policy frameworks, rendering them ill-equipped to eliminate this problem. The Nordic Ministers agree that a new global agreement is the most effective measure to stop the global leakage of plastic into the environment.

“There is not one-size-fits-all approach to multilateral environment agreements. Therefore, I am glad to see this report lay out a number of possible opportunities for us to explore further” says Norwegian Minister Sveinung Rotevatn, also President of the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly. “The UN system is a good home for such agreements.”

Following their Ministerial meeting in April 2019 in Reykjavik, the Nordic Ministers issued a strong call for a new global agreement to reduce the environmental impact of plastic litter entering our oceans. The Ministers also decided to commission a report to consider what such an agreement could entail. The report, written by Dr. Karen Raubenheimer and Niko Urho is launched Monday October 19th, through a dedicated online event hosted by the Nordic Ministers.

It is the Nordic aim that this report will inform the global policy discussions on a new global agreement. The Nordic countries supports a negotiation mandate towards a new global agreement to be adopted by the United Nations at the next possible opportunity.

Featured image: Sharon McCutcheon, Unsplash.com


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