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The Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that brings together all actors working to prevent marine litter and microplastics. By providing a unique global platform to share knowledge and experience, partners are able to work together to create and advance solutions to this pressing global issue.


Our mission is to protect the global marine environment, human wellbeing and animal welfare by addressing the global problem of marine litter.

                (i) Information-sharing and improved knowledge management;

                (ii) Awareness-raising;

                (iii) Development and/or dissemination of new environmentally sound technologies;

                (iv) Capacity-building;

                (v) Preventive action;

                (vi) Risk-based recovery action;

                (vii) Emerging issues;

                (viii) Effective communication.

The GPML 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.

For more information on the structure governing the GPML please read the framework document

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Permanent seats in the Steering Committee are granted to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP).

Any GPML member can propose a new Steering Committee member. The Secretariat approves new members in consultation with the Steering Committee. Consideration is given to limiting the number of members in order to ensure adequate and effective communication. Steering Committee membership is subject to rotation while ensuring continuity of membership.

More information on the Steering Committee can be found in the GPML Framework Document

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Regional Nodes provide key coordination functions and are composed by different bodies to support the implementation of Action Plans in their region. Given the different characteristics and needs, each Regional Node and Action Plan is developed and tailored to address the specific environmental challenges.

The participation of regional bodies is considered essential for the successful implementation of the GPML on a regional basis.

Regional Seas and Regional Fisheries Management Organisations provide existing networks to major relevant stakeholders and are therefore recognized as Regional Nodes of the GPML. However, other types of relevant institutions can also function as a Regional Node.

Objectives of the Regional Nodes


With universal membership, we intend to facilitate global collaboration among all stakeholders. Our membership is therefore open to any stakeholder working to prevent and reduce marine litter.

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Become a member of the GPML to join a vibrant community of environmental leaders to share experiences, coordinate activities and exchange ideas to find innovative solutions to the marine litter problem.

As a member, you will have access to exclusive webinars and other member-only events as well as the opportunity to connect with potential partners and donors.

Members must be committed to supporting the mission of the GPML and should contribute to one of the existing focus areas, or volunteer to lead a new focus area (subject to approval by the Steering Committee).

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    The three existing focus areas are:

  • Reducing levels and impacts of land-based litter and solid waste introduced into the aquatic environment.

  • Reducing levels and impacts of sea-based sources of marine debris including solid waste, lost cargo, abandoned lost or discarded fishing gear, and abandoned vessels introduced into the aquatic environment.

  • Reduced levels and impacts of (accumulated) marine debris on shorelines, aquatic habitats, and biodiversity.

Membership Application

Membership is open and free of charge for any stakeholder committed to preventing and reducing marine litter.

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