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Engaging Industry through the Global Partnership on Marine Litter to deliver SDG14 - HLPF 2020 Side Event
14 Jul 2020 -  Marine litter and microplastics are found in all the world’s oceans and seas, even in remote areas far from human contact and obvious sources of the problem. It has become an economic, environmental, human health, social and aesthetic problem posing complex and multi-dimensional challenges. The problem has been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen an increase in the production and use of single-use plastics.

This side event will highlight the need for accelerated and concerted action and demonstrate examples of industry engagement through transformative pathways in achieving SDG 14, particularly SDG 14.1, as well as SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production. As marine litter is relevant to a wide range of industrial sectors in the plastics value chain (manufacturing, packaging, collecting), a wide range of actors and industrial sectors will be invited to this event to discuss solutions to the topic, as well as opportunities to engage in preparations for the fifth UN Environment Assembly scheduled to be held in early 2021.