The SeaCleaners is now a member of the Group of Friends to Combat Marine Plastic Pollution, an initiative launched by 44 countries through their Permanent Missions to the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
As the sources of plastic pollution are numerous and multifaceted, the Group of Friends (GoF) aims to adopt a global strategy to combat marine plastic pollution. As such, it already actively supports the ongoing work of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
By building on the efforts made within various bodies and at different levels of government and society, the GoF wishes to help build political momentum around this issue and guide the transformation of these various efforts into concrete action and effective, coherent and coordinated solutions.
Its mission is to :
– Support the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, in particular SDG 14 (Aquatic Life) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production)
– Raise awareness among diplomats based at the UN Headquarters of the current gaps in the global legal and political framework, as well as of the scale of the problem of marine plastic pollution and possible solutions
– Support the process of examining possible responses at the international level, such as a new global agreement, in the framework of the expert group under the aegis of the UNEA (the United Nations Environment Programme Assembly)
– To advance research and understanding of the problem of marine plastic pollution in decision-making bodies
– Raise awareness of the global situation of plastic pollution in different national and regional contexts
– To create political momentum and obtain private sector support to activate global action against marine plastic pollution
– Explore ways to take this issue forward at UN headquarters and ensure coherence with action in other multilateral forums
– Explore opportunities to engage with external organisations such as the academic community, the private sector and civil society to advance the above objectives
The SeaCleaners is proud to be actively engaged in this global initiative, which is in line with the association’s pragmatic and solution-oriented philosophy.
The GoF meetings will be organised and co-chaired by Antigua and Barbuda, Norway and the Maldives, the initiating countries of the Group of Friends to Combat Marine Plastic Pollution.