The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have signed an agreement to jointly advance and implement the GloLitter Partnership Project, initially launched in December 2019, with funding from Norway, to prevent and reduce marine plastic debris from shipping and fishing.

According to IMO, the agreement specifies how the agencies will jointly implement the project and marks the next step towards many strategic partnerships envisaged under the project.

In this way, both agencies will now move into their respective fields to strengthen cooperation, in particular the involvement of the private sector through a Global Industry Alliance.

The GloLitter Partnership Project will help developing countries to identify opportunities to prevent and reduce marine litter, including plastic waste, from the shipping and fisheries sectors, and to reduce the use of plastics in these sectors, including reuse and recycling.

The initiative will directly help to achieve one of the specific targets of Sustainable Development Goal 14: to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine litter and nutrient pollution.