Malteser International

Member since: 03/2020

Active in: WG Plastics, WG Framework conditions

Malteser International

Malteser International (MI) is the international relief agency of the Order of Malta. Christian values and humanitarian principles form the basis of its work. MI supports people in need - regardless of their religion, origin or political convictions. MI provides emergency aid in crises, conflicts and natural disasters and is active in transitional aid as well as in long-term development programs. MI plans and implements programs in areas such as health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); food nutrition security, and disaster preparedness. MI works in more than 100 projects in more than 23 countries in Africa, America, Asia and Europe every year. The work with national and local partners is of particular importance.

The Agenda for Sustainable Development and the papal encyclical “Laudato Si” call for a common effort by all to solve ecological and social problems and to counteract the increasing destruction of the basis of life.
In WASH projects of MI, the issue of “waste” has always played a role to improve the hygiene and health situation. Due to the increase of plastic waste in the oceans, the livelihoods of many people are endangered. Multi-actor partnerships are necessary to successfully and sustainably reduce plastic pollution. Through its membership in the PREVENT Waste Alliance, Malteser International hopes for a constructive exchange and cooperation with other actors in order to develop innovative solutions and implement projects together.

Malteser International is working on several levels to strengthen the waste and circular economy in cities and communities and hopes to achieve ecological, socio-economic, socio-cultural and global impacts:

  • Building a partnership for ecological sustainability between local government and its social groups by promoting environmental citizenship and a participatory “Zero-Plastic-Strategy;
  • Marine protection through training and better equipment for coastal towns and cities for the reduction and management of plastic waste
  • Social and fair economic participation of informal waste collectors in the implementation of the Zero Waste Plastic Strategy and thus integrating them into society;
  • Improved global and regional cooperation in the reduction of plastic waste through networking and partnership of diverse stakeholders and professional exchange