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Canada Commits to the United Nations Environment Clean Seas Campaign
by Canada (Government)
The UN Environment Clean Seas campaign (#OceanAction 13900) aims to secure commitments from governments, private sector and the public for actions to reduce the amount of plastics which are released in the worlds’ oceans. This can include improving plastic management and banning microbeads in cosmetics to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

As part of Canada’s commitment to take action on marine litter, Canada has joined the UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign .

The Government of Canada is taking action on toiletries that contain plastic microbeads (#OceanAction19108). The final regulations are expected by summer 2017. See more at: https://oceanconference.un.org/commitments/?id=20676#sthash.ZmNIZ6pW.dpuf.

The Government of Canada will continue to work with provincial and territorial governments, under the auspices of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME), to improve Canada’s record on reducing and recycling waste and implement the CCME waste action plan.
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
June 2017
Canada Commits to the UNEP Clean Seas Campaign
Other, please specify
Resources have been mobilized to reduce the use of single use plastics, including the banning of microbeads in Canada
Basic information
Time-frame: June 2017 - February 2022
Environment and Climate Change Canada (Government), United Nations Environment
Ocean Basins
  • Arctic Ocean
  • Global
  • North Atlantic
  • North Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Sarah Da Silva, Senior Program Officer, Environment and Climate Change Canada, sarah.dasilva@canada.ca, 819-938-5396
Gatineau, Canada
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