UN Environment



UN Environment's Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) was launched in June 2012 at Rio + 20 in Brazil. The GPML, besides being supportive of the Global Partnership on Waste Management, seeks to protect human health and the global environment by the reduction and management of marine litter as its main goal, through several specific objectives. The GPML is a global partnership gathering international agencies, Governments, NGOs, academia, private sector, civil society and individuals. Participants contribute to the development and implementation of GPML activities. Contributions may be in the form of financial support, in-kind contributions and/or technical expertise. More recently, UN Environment launched the Clean Seas campaign, which this site is designed to support.

Clean Seas Campaign Logo

Logo for the worldwide Clean Seas Campaign.

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How Microplastics are Generated

A comprehensive infographic decribing the ways in which microplastics are generated

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Jack Johnson Pledges and Sings for World Environment Day

The famous singer emphasizes the importance of everyone reducing their use of single-use plastics

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Marine litter legislation: A toolkit for policymakers

This report provides an overview of legislation that countries have implemented to tackle marine litter, focusing in particular on upstream solutions.

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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Marine Litter

UN Environment, in cooperation with the Open University of the Netherlands, has launched a massive open online course (MOOC) on Marine Litter. For more information, go to:

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Pathways and Uxes of Plastics into the Oceans

A comprehensive infographic aimed at improving understanding the role and importance of the different pathways by which plastics reach the ocean.

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Plastic Currents

This infographic shows how the geographical distribution of marine plastic debris is strongly influenced by the entry points and the different transport pathways

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Plasticized Animal Species - Entangled

Entanglement in debris is an obvious and proven risk to marine life, and this infographic shows its impact on various types of animals. Can be shown nicely alongside "Plasticized Animal Species - Ingestion"

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Preventing is Better Than Cleaning Up

A comprehensive infographic covering the reasons why "avoiding environmental pollution is a better and cheaper option than cleaning up or mitigating the impact of pollution."

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Preventing Our Oceans from Becoming Dumps

Compreshensive six minute video about the problem and the role of global partnership efforts can play in the solution.

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The Honolulu Strategy: A Global Framework for Prevention and Management of Marine Debris (UNEP & NOAA)

The framework document developed with the support and assistance of scientists, practitioners, managers, and the private sector from around the world as a result of the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference

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Two Minutes on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: Marine Litter

Brief issue overview with a reduction focus, a compelling creation of cartoonist Jim Toomey

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