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OSPAR’s second Regional Action Programme on Marine Litter (RAP-ML2)

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    OSPAR has been at the forefront of international efforts to tackle the marine litter problem since the adoption of its first Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP ML) (2014-2021).

    A review of the RAP ML was conducted in 2020 and the results have been used to inform the development of OSPAR’s RAP ML 2. Through this Second Regional Action Plan on Marine Litter (RAP ML 2), OSPAR will continue to work to prevent and significantly reduce marine litter in the North-East Atlantic. The RAP ML 2 sets out the policy context for OSPAR’s work to address marine litter within the North-East Atlantic. It directly contributes to delivering the marine litter objectives of the North-East Atlantic Environment Strategy 2030 which sets out strategic objectives for achieving good environmental status in the marine environment including to prevent inputs of and significantly reduce marine litter, including microplastics, in the marine environment to reach levels that do not cause adverse effects to the marine and coastal environment, with the ultimate aim of eliminating inputs of litter.

    The RAP ML 2 will be implemented, as far as possible, in cooperation with other relevant work and initiatives from regional and global organisations, including UNEP and other Regional Seas Conventions, the International Maritime Organisation, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the European Union, Fisheries Regional Advisory Councils, North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission and River Basin Commissions. Partnerships with the private sector and with non-governmental organisations will also be part of the working approach. The alignment with relevant EU legislation and policy, and the collaboration with other Regional Sea Conventions is especially critical to the implementation of OSPAR's actions to reduce marine litter. Important regional partners include HELCOM, UNEP-MAP, the Black Sea Commission, the Arctic Council, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Cartagena Convention.

    The RAP ML 2 strives to enable flexibility for Contracting Parties to adapt and adopt new actions as knowledge develops, emerging issues appear and the legislative landscape evolves. The initial 25 actions in the RAP ML 2 are organised around three broad themes where OSPAR intends to take action: • Actions to reduce land-based sources of marine litter • Actions to reduce sea-based sources of marine litter • Cross cutting actions to improve knowledge and understanding

    Goal 17

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

    Goal 17

    17.1

    Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

    17.1.1
    Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
    17.1.2
    Proportion of domestic budget funded by domestic taxes

    17.2

    Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

    17.2.1
    Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)

    17.3

    Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources

    17.3.1

    Additional financial resources mobilized for developing countries from multiple sources 

    17.3.2
    Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP

    17.4

    Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

    17.4.1
    Debt service as a proportion of exports of goods and services

    17.5

    Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries

    17.5.1

    Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries

    17.6

    Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism

    17.6.1

     Fixed Internet broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed

    17.7

    Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed

    17.7.1

    Total amount of funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies

    17.8

    Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

    17.8.1
    Proportion of individuals using the Internet

    17.9

    Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation

    17.9.1

    Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‑South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries

    17.10

    Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

    17.10.1
    Worldwide weighted tariff-average

    17.11

    Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020

    17.11.1

    Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports

    17.12

    Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access

    17.12.1

    Weighted average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States

    17.13

    Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

    17.13.1
    Macroeconomic Dashboard

    17.14

    Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

    17.14.1
    Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development

    17.15

    Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development 

    17.15.1
    Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation

    17.16

    Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries

    17.16.1

    Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

    17.17

    Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 

    17.17.1

    Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure

    17.18

    By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts

    17.18.1

    Statistical capacity indicator for Sustainable Development Goal monitoring

    17.18.2
    Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics
    17.18.3

    Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding

    17.19

    By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

    17.19.1
    Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries
    17.19.2

    Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration

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    14.1 <p>By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution</p>

    Launch of the RAP ML 2 at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon

    The RAP ML 2 includes 25 initial actions, each with its own milestones and deliverables covering the period 2022-2030

    Review and successful implementation of the RAP ML 2

    Financing (in USD)
    For all the above support will be required from a mix of Secretariat resources, financial and in-kind contributions from Contracting Parties and externally funded projects
    In-kind contribution
    For all the above support will be required from a mix of Secretariat resources, financial and in-kind contributions from Contracting Parties and externally funded projects
    Staff / Technical expertise
    For all the above support will be required from a mix of Secretariat resources, financial and in-kind contributions from Contracting Parties and externally funded projects
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    Timeline
    26 June 2022 (start date)
    30 June 2030 (date of completion)
    Entity
    OSPAR Commission
    SDGs
    Other beneficiaries

    European Union

    Ocean Basins
    North Atlantic
    Communities of Ocean Action
    Marine and coastal ecosystems management, Marine pollution
    Countries
    Belgium
    Belgium
    Denmark
    Denmark
    Finland
    Finland
    France
    France
    Germany
    Germany
    Iceland
    Iceland
    Ireland
    Ireland
    Luxembourg
    Luxembourg
    Netherlands
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Norway
    Portugal
    Portugal
    Spain
    Spain
    Switzerland
    Switzerland
    Ibero-American Network of Life Cycle Assesment
    Headquarters
    London, United Kingdom
    Contact Information

    Dominic, Executive Secretary