Australia takes action on plastics to the world stage

11 September 2021

Australia has again taken its plastics mission to the world stage as Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley joined calls for a new global agreement on Marine Plastic Pollution while addressing two major international meetings. 

Addressing the international Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution last week Minister Ley endorsed its Ministerial Statement calling for an international global agreement and yesterday endorsed the Pacific Regional Declaration on the Prevention of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution and its Impacts.

“The Ministerial Conference Statement calls for clear and common objectives and actions to address the negative impacts of plastics along its life cycle, and Australia is already playing a lead role through our ban on waste plastic exports and our National Plastics Plan,” Minister Ley said.

“The 30th Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Environment Ministers’ High-Level Talanoa has sent a strong unified message about the importance of this issue to the region as well its support for a new global agreement.

“Ensuring our shared oceans are clean and healthy is both a national and regional responsibility for Australia as we face an international tide of eleven million tonnes of plastic entering the world’s oceans each year. 

“We need an urgent global response to stem the flow of plastics into our oceans. 

“I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with our Pacific neighbours and the international community as we approach the United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in February 2022.”

The Ministerial Statement is at https://ministerialconferenceonmarinelitter.com/ENDORSEMENTS/ and the Pacific Regional Declaration is at https://www.sprep.org/