India and France discuss ocean summit Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution

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The minister also stressed the urgent need for action to prevent and reduce marine litter, but highlighted countries’ voluntary national action, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

India’s Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav on Wednesday discussed with French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain issues related to the ‘One Ocean Summit’, cooperation on plastic pollution, ‘Global Treaty on Plastics”, to the High Ambition Coalition for Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) and COP15.

During the virtual meeting, Yadav said the “One Ocean Summit” will be an opportunity to bring together political leaders and all stakeholders ready to make a decisive contribution with bold, tangible and actionable initiatives and commitments. “However, India is fully committed to protecting its maritime interests, while supporting the maintenance of rules-based maritime systems as required by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982,” he pointed out.

The minister also stressed the urgent need for action to prevent and reduce marine litter, but highlighted countries’ voluntary national action, according to a statement from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.

Yadav also mentioned an announcement made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on World Environment Day 2018 to phase out single-use plastics in India by 2022.

During the meeting, the two sides also discussed in detail issues regarding the High Ambition Coalition for Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), and how it should not undermine legal instruments, existing relevant global, regional and sectoral frameworks and bodies.

The two sides then discussed how COP15 will contribute to the development of a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) taking into account poverty eradication, means of implementation and resource mobilization, etc.

The two parties agreed to further strengthen activities in 2022 as part of the Franco-Indian Year of the Environment.

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