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The Clean Seas global campaign on marine litter
by United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) (United Nations entity)
The campaign aims to secure commitments from Governments, as well as private sector enterprises and members of the general public. For private businesses this can for instance mean phasing out microbeads in personal care and cosmetics products, improving plastic management and committing to re-design, re-use, recycle, and recover plastic.

For the general public, this can mean taking simple actions in their everyday life that reduce their plastic footprints, for Governments this can mean pledges to banning microbeads in cosmetics like the US has done, or banning plastic plates and cutlery like or take any other voluntary, regulatory or market based actions to reduce the use of single-use plastics. For the launch, a number of countries have committed to join the campaign, and some of them are already planning to announce their actions/commitments /pledges during the campaign launch.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
23 February 2017
Website live for launch
Other, please specify
Basic information
Time-frame: February 2017 - February 2022
The campaign will be working with a lot of partners, however, these are TBD
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Several countries are likely to join the campaign, and we are working on getting confirmations from a number of countries for the launch next week. The plan is to add more countries join as the campaign gains momentum. The beneficiaries of the efforts
Contact information
Lisa Emelia Svensson, Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Ecosystems Branch, UN Environment, lisa.svensson.unep.org, gpa@unep.org, +254 20 7623395
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
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