Canada spearheads global action to reduce plastic pollution at COP25

Canada spearheads global action to reduce plastic pollution at COP25

December 16, 2019
Lloyd Fuller

Plastic pollution is choking our oceans, lakes and rivers. It is a global problem that requires global action

At the June 2018 G7 Summit, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the European Union adopted the ‘Ocean Plastics Charter’ to demonstrate their commitment to take concrete and ambitious action to address plastic pollution.

Since then, the Charter has grown substantively to bring together leading governments, businesses, and civil society organizations. Together, this group is committed to taking action to move toward a more resource-efficient and sustainable approach to the management of plastics.

Last week at COP25, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, welcomed Chile; Rwanda; Finland; and The Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, as the newest endorsees of the Ocean Plastics Charter.

The Charter has now been endorsed by 25 governments and more than 60 businesses and organizations.

This announcement was made at COP25, following a series of ministerial meetings focused on ocean plastics reduction and climate action.

Wilkinson participated in the High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on Ocean Climate Action to build momentum behind actions that will better integrate oceans into international climate action and help countries meet their Paris Agreement commitments. Further, Minister Wilkinson will host a meeting tomorrow with his counterparts from the Small Island Developing States to discuss how international collaboration can help vulnerable countries adapt to the effects of climate change.

“Canada is among the leaders creating a global movement toward reducing plastic pollution through our leadership on the Ocean Plastics Charter, our investments at home, our help to developing countries in tackling this problem, and our efforts to advance international oceans science,” said Wilkinson. “We welcome Chile’s focus on ocean conservation and resilience, at COP25, and we are delighted that they, as well as the other endorsees, have joined the Charter. Global collaboration is key to ensuring ocean health and biodiversity are preserved.”

Canada has committed CA$2.65 billion by 2020-2021 to help developing countries, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable, build climate resilience and transition to low-carbon, sustainable economies. That amount includes a CA$60 million contribution toward the establishment of the Renewable Energy in Small Island Developing States Program at the World Bank, which supports the planning and construction of renewable energy, infrastructure, energy efficiency, and battery storage solutions.

Canada is also taking concrete action on ocean plastics with a CA$262 million investment – to support resilience, apply nature-based solutions, and address marine pollution – and over CA$10 million to advance international oceans science.

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