In news: At the recent Nature Champions Summit in Canada, IUCN signed onto the Canada-led Oceans Plastics Charter.

More about the Ocean Plastic Charter:

  • The Ocean Plastics Charter championed by Canada and endorsed by the European Union, France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom at the G7 Summit last June, is a landmark agreement outlining concrete steps to eradicate plastic pollution. 
  • The Charter recognises the need for urgent action by all sectors of society to address and prevent the far-reaching devastating impacts of marine litter on the health and sustainability of our oceans, seas and coastal communities.
  • The Charter provides a framework to prevent mismanagement of plastic waste and ensure that plastics are designed to be recovered so they can be reused or recycled. It also highlights the importance of not treating plastic as a single-use product, and includes recycling and recycled content targets and a commitment to reduce unnecessary plastic use and associated waste.
  • Besides IUCN, the Charter has now been signed by more than 20 countries and over 50 businesses and organisations around the world.