This two-day virtual Regional Ocean Policy Dialogue provided a platform to share analysis and experiences with the aim of developing guidance to enhance regional co-operation, policy coherence and sustainable financing solutions to address and prevent marine plastics pollution. The Dialogue drew on OECD evidence and information from other national and international sources to highlight relevant ocean-related data and indicators, and showcased selected policies, projects, and financing instruments that address marine plastics pollution.
Co-hosted by the OECD together with the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investments, the ASEAN Secretariat, the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA), and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Dialogue built on the success of the Regional Ocean Policy Dialogue in Southeast Asia, held in Indonesia in December 2019.
With broad participation from officials of national and subnational governments in Southeast Asia and OECD Member countries, the Dialogue also involved industry, the financial sector, academic experts, civil society, international partners and providers of development co-operation. This broad participation aimed to ensure strong synergies with ongoing and new activities in this area and create greater momentum for strong policy outcomes in the region.