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10:00 to 12:00: Marine Litter - Preventing our Oceans from Becoming Dumps
18 Jun 2012 - 18 Jun 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Banco the Caixa

The event is designed to highlight issues associated with marine litter, and an urgent need for the international community to unite to respond to this marine environmental issue. UNEP and USA NOAA organized the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in March 2011 in Honolulu, USA, where the participants reviewed the Honolulu Strategy and endorsed the Honolulu Commitment. UNEP, Regional Seas and other stakeholders are committed to implement the Honolulu Strategy, and for this purpose, a global partnership on marine litter will be established. The Partnership is now recognized as part of the Work Programme of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA) based on the Inter-Governmental Review of GPA in January 2012. The event is not only to present emerging issues related to marine litter, but also to launch the Global Partnership and solicit a wider participation of stakeholders in this global endeavour. It will also outline linkages with other partnerships such as the Global Partnership on Waste Management.

It is expected that a number of governments would raise the issue of marine litter and its impacts on the environment, food and human health. The approach to marine litter that UNEP is advocating is management of waste as a resource, leading to a discussion on the green economy in the framework of coastal and marine sustainable development. The proposed side event is a concrete contribution to the emerging issue and green economy discussion during the formal conference agenda.

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