Oceans Day
Plastic Pollution Declaration

We, representatives of the below states, are alarmed by the high and rapidly increasing levels of plastic pollution

and the impacts this has on the environment as well as on livelihoods, health, economies and well-being. Strengthened action is urgently needed to prevent further discharge of plastic pollution into the environment.

Guided by the long-term ambition of eliminating all discharge of plastic litter into the oceans, agreed by the United Nations Environment Assembly resolution 3/7 and Sustainable Development Goal 14.1by 2025, to prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution“, we believe that there is a need for a stronger global response for the effective implementation of measures to reach this goal. This issue is global in nature and cannot be solved by any one country alone. An effective, dedicated global governance response is needed to address existing gaps and promote coherence, coordination, and effective prioritization of our efforts.

We therefore call for the development of a new legally binding global agreement on plastic pollution.

We encourage other interested actors to join the call for a new legally binding global agreement and to actively participate in international conferences and processes to develop such an agreement.

We welcome the establishment of the Group of Friends to Combat Marine Plastic Pollution and will engage through this group with regard to further developments on a new legally binding global agreement to combat plastic pollution.

We commit to work for a decision at UNEA5.2 to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee recommending starting negotiations of a global legally binding agreement to combat plastic pollution, with the aim of concluding this as soon as possible.

Endorsements – 80 States so far

Antigua and Barbuda
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Cabo Verde
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Estonia
European Union
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France

Germany
Ghana
Greece
Grenada
Guinea

Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Jamaica
Kiribati
Latvia
Lebanon
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Maldives
Mauritius
Monaco
Nauru
The Netherlands
Norway
Palau
Papua New Guinea

Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Korea
Republic of Marshall Islands
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
São Tomé and Príncipe
Seychelles
Singapore
Solomon Islands
Spain
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Timor-Leste
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Viet Nam

We welcome new endorsements from UN Member States. Please email plastics.declaration@aosis.org