G-7 Make Progress for Reducing Marine Plastic Waste

Politics

Halifax, Canada, Sept. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Group of Seven major industrial countries ended a three-day meeting of their environment, oceans and energy ministers in Halifax, eastern Canada, on Friday, making progress toward reducing marine plastic waste.

"We made important progress...to protect our oceans and reduce plastic pollution," Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said.

The ministers from the G-7 countries--Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States--plus the European Union had intensive discussions on the issue of marine plastic pollution, the main agenda item at the meeting, on the second day.

At the gathering, they confirmed that the issue "requires urgent action by government and business."

The ministers also agreed to promote the recycling of plastic waste and the development of technologies to treat such litter.

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