UN Environment to Launch Global Marine Litter Campaign during Economist Summit in Bali
UN Environment is launching a global campaign on marine litter. It will focus on non-recoverable plastics by working towards a ban on microbeads in cosmetics and a drastic reduction in the use of single-use plastics. To reach these ambitious goals, we need strong government action. This means both enacting robust legislation and other relevant policies, as well as supporting on-going efforts from private and civil sector actors to combat marine litter.
In the last 20 years, the proliferation of microbeads and single-use plastics has made the problem even more serious, and unless we act now, our seas will be hit with a plastic-tide caused by human consumption. That’s why, over the next five years, UN Environment will work with governments, the private sector and global civil society to build a global movement to address this crisis.
UN Environment encourages Governments to:
- Promote marine litter public awareness by:
- Funding national education, industry and research institutions to take up marine litter science
- Implementing market and non-market based instruments and incentives to encourage industry and private sector to take more action towards combatting marine litter
- Encouraging national marine litter public awareness activities such as: beach cleanup days, marine litter awareness days/ hours and hosting and supporting marine litter conferences and events
- Sharing national lessons learnt and information on marine litter management and reduction
- Adopting successful best practices used in similar countries concerning marine litter management and reduction as well as influencing upstream sustainable plastic production.
- Acknowledging national marine litter work done by NGOs and private sector and publicize these good practices globally as case studies that could serve as examples to other stakeholders
- UN Environment invites Governments to:
- Partner with UN Environment to implement the global marine litter campaign at a national level by sending a written commitment to the UN Environment’s Executive Director
- Partner with UN Environment for high-level events to raise the profile of the marine litter issue and the need for action through the campaign
- Establish National and Regional Marine Litter Action Plans
- Pioneer national legislation and policies to promote marine litter reduction
- Set up national plastic management systems to measure their total plastic footprint
- Establish waste management structures and systems that will help reduce marine litter (even during strong weather events)
- Join the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML)
- Government benefits on implementing the above:
- UN Environment acknowledgement of the Government’s efforts in supporting the Marine Litter Campaign
- Recognition as Global Marine Litter Reduction Champions
- Reduced future costs for clean-ups
- Help halt the loss of biodiversity
Download Clean Seas Campaign brochure for more information.