At their first meeting, environment ministers of the G20 agreed on important issues related to climate mitigation, marine protection and resource conservation. In the final declaration, all countries with the exception of the United States affirmed their commitment to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. In addition, all 20 major industrialised and emerging economies, including the United States, were able to adopt a common strategy in the fight against marine litter. The strategy seeks to improve monitoring of plastic and other waste discharges and to intensify exchange of expertise in the fields of waste disposal and recycling. The countries also adopted a joint initiative on climate adaptation. Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Environment Ministry, was head of the German delegation.
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