2023 was a big year for ocean plastics work, and USAID’s new blog showcases the highlights. Read the full blog article here and share with your networks. An excerpt of the blog is republished below.
“There are 21,000 pieces of plastic in the ocean for each person on Earth,” a somber headline in the Washington Post reminded the public in 2023. To respond to this environmental crisis, United Nations member states are negotiating a legally binding, international agreement to end plastic pollution, with the second and third negotiating sessions held in Paris, France, and Nairobi, Kenya, in May and November 2023, and with a final agreement expected next year. In the meantime, USAID continues partnering with countries and communities to stop the flow of plastic waste into the ocean. USAID’s Save Our Seas initiative has prevented the equivalent of close to 8 billion bottles of plastics (more than 73,500 metric tons) from polluting our environment and we are creating practical solutions and building local capacity to enable countries to implement their obligations under the new international agreement.
In 2023, USAID’s Save Our Seas initiative announced new resources and new programs to tackle ocean plastic pollution.
Read the full blog post, Charting Progress in 2023: USAID’s Highlights in Tackling Ocean Plastics
Read USAID’s Save Our Seas Initiative 2022-2023 Annual Report