G-7 Likely to Agree on Fight against Marine Plastic Waste


Halifax, Canada, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--At a three-day meeting that kicked off on Wednesday, environment ministers from the Group of Seven major industrial nations are expected to agree on stepped-up cooperation in tackling ocean plastic waste.

On the first day of the meeting in Halifax, eastern Canada, the ministers from the seven countries--Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States--plus the European Union discussed mainly measures to curb global warming.

On Thursday, the participants are slated to hold in-depth talks on the issue of marine plastic waste, which is becoming an increasingly serious challenge across the globe.

After the first-day session, Japanese Environment Minister Masaharu Nakagawa told reporters that the G-7 nations want the issue to be discussed also by the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies so that a substantive agreement will be reached.

Japan is set to host next year's G-20 gatherings.

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