The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an overarching framework for pursuing a more sustainable society. Achieving the SDGs will require different sectors and actors working together in an integrated manner by pooling financial resources, knowledge and expertise. SDG 17 underlines that innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships will play a crucial role supporting the achievement of the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) by the year 2030.

The Global Partnership of Marine Litter (GPML) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides a unique mechanism to bring together all actors working on marine litter to share knowledge and experience and to advance solutions to this pressing global issue. Its mission statement seeks to protect the global marine environment, human wellbeing and animal welfare by addressing the global problem of marine litter. The Partnership was launched at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 in June 2012 in response to a request in the Manila Declaration, which is an outcome of the Third Intergovernmental Review meeting of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) held in January 2012. It is led by a Steering Committee and UN Environment (GPA) provides Secretariat services.

Specific Objectives

  1. Serve as the platform/mechanism for all stakeholders all over the world on the issue of marine litter to stimulate actions and maintain momentum;
  2. Facilitate cooperation between inter alia governments, intergovernmental organizations, regional bodies, private sector, civil society and academia including on:
    • information sharing and improved knowledge management
    • awareness-raising
    • development and/or dissemination of new environmentally sound technologies
    • capacity building
    • preventive actions
    • risk-based recovery actions
    • emerging issues
    • effective communication
  3. Share relevant information on projects and initiatives to help identify and address gaps to avoid duplications, and on financing opportunities and to facilitate match-making;
  4. Raise awareness of GPML, identify actors and bring in new members (all members, Steering Committee, Secretariat);
  5. Contribute to marine litter action plans at different levels where appropriate (all members);
  6. Communicate information and provide guidance based on the best available scientific knowledge and in accordance with the precautionary approach;
  7. Reduce the leakage of plastics into the ocean, through improved design, the application of the ‘3Rs’ principle (reduce, re-use, recycle), encouraging ‘closed-loop’ systems and more circular production cycles, maximization of resource efficiency and minimization of waste generation;
  8. Support the implementation of relevant UN General Assembly resolutions including 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nation Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolutions on or applicable to marine litter and microplastics and other relevant international resolutions and decisions;
  9. Support the implementation of legal, policy, institutional frameworks and relevant frameworks that implement international law relevant to marine litter and microplastic.

For more information on the partnership please see here.