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France decided to contribute financially to UNEP activities under the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), for the 2017- 2020 period.
by FRANCE with UNEP and international coalition to reduce marine litter (Government)
The commitment aims to reinforce the coalition

The coalition brings together local and national governments. It aims at promoting the reduction of plastic waste pollution of the oceans and in particular the elimination of single-use plastic bags in all countries. The members of the coalition take the commitment to promote, in particular, elimination of these plastic bags in a consistent manner with existing international instruments and policies, and to share experience gained by States that already take action on this matter.

The coalition also aims at:

- coordinating and strengthening actions already undertaken at national and sub-national levels and also under conventions or international agreements related to the fight against plastic waste pollution of the seas;
- and contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (2030 Agenda) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015, and more particularly goals 12 and 14.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
-create a tool-box for political decision-makers and help them take action.
- Support the development of a roadmap of political goals on marine litter, including key practical targets (eg, elimination of single-use plastic bags in 100 countries by 2020),
- Promote Marine Litter Campaign, with a specific focus on Mediterranean and African countries.
Develop and implement a support programme for a small number of pilot countries, voluntary to establish plastic waste reduction measures.
Financing (in USD)
500,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 - December 2020
Initially proposed by France, together with Monaco and Morocco, during the "Our Ocean" conference in September 2016 in Washington, the coalition quickly raised interest among several countries. Then, the initiative was formally launched during COP 22 in Marrakesh on November 14, 2016. During this event, all countries have been invited to formally join the declaration of intent of the coalition (attached herein). The ministers of Mauritius, Sweden, Bangladesh, Italy, Chile and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco signed this declaration then. Australia and Senegal joined the dynamic shortly afterwards. Finally, representatives from the civil society (researchers, associations, private sector) gave testimonies of their commitment towards the reduction of plastic waste. France and Sweden decided to contribute financially to UNEP activities under the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), for the 2017-2020 period.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Countries and coastal communities all over the Ocean, Marine ecosystems and Biodiversity
Contact information
Baptiste Leguay, Sous-Directeur/Direction Gnrale de la Prvention des Risques, plastic-bags-coalition@developpement-durable.gouv.fr,
Paris, dfense
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