United Nations entities and the private sector collaborate in order to address and tackle sea-based marine plastic litter, through the GloLitter Partnerships Project.
ground-breaking Global Industry Alliance (GIA), led by the UN GlobalCompact, was launched in the Port of Oslo, Norway (24 March). The GIA will help tackle one of the most pressing issues in marine ecosystems of our time – plastic entering the ocean.
What is the GloLitter Partnerships Project?
GloLitter is a global project launched in 2019 by the International Maritime Organization in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The goal is to prevent and reduce the marine litter plastic from shipping and fisheries.
GloLitter will help developing countries find new opportunities to prevent and reduce marine litter, such as plastic debris, while also enable companies to decline the use of plastics in these industries, also proposing the idea of re-use and recycle plastics.
According to IMO, Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), Wilhelmsen Ships Service Marine Products, Vow ASA, Aker Biomarine, and Container Overboard System (COBS) will work together with the GloLitter Partnerships Project in order to support the developing countries in identifying opportunities for the prevention and reduction of marine litter.
To remind, in June 2021, the IMO’s GloLitter Partnerships Project had been granted a one year extension by the initial funding body, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).
Which countries have joined this global initiative?
At the moment, 30 countries have joined the global initiative. Namely, the 10 lead partnering countries are: Brazil, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria and Vanuatu.
While, the 20 partnering countries include: Argentina, Cabo Verde, Columbia, Ecuador, Gambia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga and Viet Nam.