16 December 2019
The Morrison Government’s commitment to cleaner, healthier oceans, the protection of World Heritage Areas and to practical solutions addressing global waste and recycling will be highlighted in a series of high-level meetings I will conduct in Paris this week.
Meetings will be held with the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay, French Government representatives, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and world leaders in waste management to canvass a broad range of environmental issues.
The meeting with the Government of France will seek to progress joint projects on oceans, reefs and plastic waste under the Australia France Initiative launched in May 2018.
The visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss with the Director-General of UNESCO, our progress in implementing the Reef 2050 Plan for the Great Barrier Reef and our shared concerns about the impacts of global climate change on coral reef systems around the world.
Securing sustainable ocean economies will be the key focus of meetings with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Oceans are an important focus for Australia’s international engagement, as was set out the Prime Minister in his address to the United Nations General Assembly earlier this year.
As Australia implements our new National Strategy for Nature and our National Waste Action Plan, I am also keen to learn about France’s new national strategy for biodiversity, and to visit some French businesses at the cutting edge of waste management and product stewardship.