Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Reduce pollutants from sea and land-based activities, including litter, harmful substances and nutrients from wastewater, industrial and agricultural runoff entering the world's oceans. All countries would have set relevant national targets for nutrient loadings, marine litter reduction and wastewater discharges . The planning of strategies for achieving these targets would have been commenced, through processes such as Regional Seas Action Plans and through functioning Global Partnerships on Marine Litter, Nutrients, and Wastewater Management.

Implementation methodologies

Establish a Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) which will increase awareness of the impacts of marine litter issues, share information, strengthen global and regional networks/nodes, undertake relevant activities in a coordinated manner, and utilize resources efficiently, while identifying economic development and job creation opportunities.Establish a Global Partnership on Wastewater Management (GPWWM) to promote with partners a network of experts, institutions and Governments, including from the private sector, along with a supportive online information to facilitate the sharing of lessons learned, good practices and available and acceptable technologies between Governments and other stakeholders in relation to improved wastewater management.UNEP will continue to support the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM), which focuses on strategic, global advocacy to trigger discussions among governments and stakeholders to reach consensus in moving towards lower nitrogen and phosphorous inputs to human activities. The GPNM will provide a platform for governments, UN agencies, scientists, industry and civil society organizations to forge a common agenda, mainstreaming best practices and integrated assessments, so that policy making and investments are effectively nutrient proofed.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


Governments of Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, USA, the European Union; the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA); the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI); International Fertilizer Development Centre (IFDC); the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); UN-HABITAT; IOC-UNESCO, UNDP, NOAA; UN-Water; UN-Oceans
Functioning GPML
Functioning GPML
Functioning GPNM
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Goal 14
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
$2,500,000 of total amount
Financing (in USD)
5,500,000 USD
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Global
Date of completion: 2017-12-29
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Vincent Sweeney,

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