The Global Partnership of Marine Litter (GPML) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that provides a unique mechanism to bring together all actors working to prevent marine litter and microplastics, with the aim of sharing knowledge and experience and advancing solutions to this pressing global issue. Its mission is to protect the global marine environment, human wellbeing and animal welfare by addressing the global problem of marine litter, in line with Target 14.1 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “by 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds (…)”.

Any entity working to prevent and reduce marine litter can join the Partnership here. They will receive a document confirming their membership and will be added to the GPML mailing list, which includes invitations to GPML webinars and much more.

Specific Objectives of the GPML:

  • To reduce the impacts of marine litter worldwide on economies, ecosystem, animal welfare and human health.
  • To enhance international cooperation and coordination through the promotion and implementation of the Honolulu Strategy – a global framework for the prevention and management of marine debris, as well as the Honolulu Commitment – a multi-stakeholder pledge.
  • To promote knowledge management, information sharing and monitoring of progress on the implementation of the Honolulu Strategy.
  • To promote resource efficiency and economic development through waste prevention e.g. 4Rs (reduce, re-use, recycle and re-design) and by recovering valuable material and/or energy from waste.
  • To increase awareness on sources of marine litter, their fate and impacts.
  • To assess emerging issues related to the fate and potential influence of marine litter, including (micro) plastics uptake in the food web and associated transfer of pollutants and impacts on the conservation and welfare of marine fauna.

Link to framework document

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.

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 GPML is one such multi-stakeholder partnership.