The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), together with the Ministry of the Environment Japan, is pleased to announce the launch of a portal site, “Towards Osaka Blue Ocean Vision – G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter”, on 23 November. This site, the first of its kind, comprehensively covers actions and progress by G20 members and outreach countries, as well as international discussions and countermeasures on marine plastic litter.
In June 2019, at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, held in Karuizawa, the “G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter”, a global framework for marine plastic litter, was established.
With Japan holding the G20 Presidency for 2019, the Ministry of the Environment Japan created a portal site to share and accumulate knowledge and experiences from each of the G20 members, and to contribute to solving the plastic waste issue in a coordinated manner on a global scale. At IGES, the Sustainable Consumption and Production Area made extensive and major contributions to related international conferences and processes, including the G20 meeting in Karuizawa and the recent G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue & Follow-up of G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter held in October in Tokyo. IGES also played a central role in producing an integrated report on measures and policies to tackle marine plastic litter by the individual G20 members and other participating countries.
IGES will continue to promote practical research for policymaking, and direct its efforts to boost interest and understanding among businesses, local governments, NGOs and citizens on the hot topic of plastic litter in our oceans. IGES also aims to provide valuable support on actions for sustainable society worldwide.
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About the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is a collaborative research and outreach organisation working to accelerate the transition to a sustainable, resilient, shared and inclusive Asia-Pacific region, both across borders and within the world at large. Our strategic research and operations are defined by a mission to drive action on the world’s most critical environmental and social challenges through the delivery of trusted expertise on sustainable development and resilience. IGES operates as an agent of change and together with key international organisations, governments, academic institutes, business and civil society leaders, we seek to foster a world where planetary boundaries are fully respected, a green economy is flexibly implemented, and the well-being of people is steadily improved. In so doing we emphasise workable and inspired approaches to cross-cutting global development issues ranging from climate change, natural resources and ecosystems management, and sustainable consumption and production, among many others. The Institute was established in 1998 with support from the Japanese government and Kanagawa Prefecture and maintains its international headquarters in Hayama, Japan. With offices and local centres in Tokyo, Kansai, Kitakyushu, Beijing, Bangkok and New Delhi, IGES supports a regional and global network for ground-breaking sustainable development research and practice.