Overseas Aid: Marine Environment

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 6th July 2021.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reduction in official development assistance spending on the UK's role in tackling global marine plastic pollution.

Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the reduction of (a) official development assistance and (b) subsequent funding to projects tackling (i) marine plastic pollution and (ii) other environmental issues, on the UK's role as a global environmental leader ahead of COP26.

Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The huge impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take tough but necessary decisions, including temporarily reducing the overall amount we spend on aid to 0.5% of GNI. We will remain a world-leading development donor and are on track to spend more than £10 billion this year to fight poverty, tackle climate change and improve global health.

The UK is a global leader in tackling plastic pollution. We are co-chair of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance with Vanuatu, working with 34 Commonwealth governments to tackle plastic pollution. We are supporting the Global Plastic Action Partnership to deliver National Plastic Action Partnerships in Indonesia, Ghana, and Vietnam. We support starting negotiations on a new global agreement to accelerate global efforts to tackle marine plastic litter and microplastics.

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