Global Plastic Pollution

In a new UNEA resolution, countries have decided to launch negotiations for a new legally binding international agreement on plastic pollution. In line with our ongoing support to negotiators and diplomats at the United Nations, the Guarini Center has compiled a variety of resources on the plastics issue.


UNEP/EA.5/Res.14: ‘End plastic pollution: towards an international legally binding instrument’ (2022)

Statement of the Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution (Sep 2021)

Past UNEA resolutions on marine litter and microplastics:
UNEP/EA.1/Res.6: ‘Marine plastic debris and microplastics’ (2014)
UNEP/EA.2/Res.11: ‘Marine plastic litter and microplastics’ (2016)
UNEP/EA.3/Res.7: ‘Marine litter and microplastics’ (2017)
UNEP/EA.4/Res.6: ‘Marine plastic litter and microplastics’ (2019)



SIDS & Marine Plastic Pollution: A Look at How Small Island Developing States are Impacted by Plastic Pollution


Cities as International Environmental Actors: The Case of Marine Plastics


Ocean Plastic Pollution: A Survey of Existing Global Agreements and Proposals for Reform


Plastic & Climate: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) (2019)

Connecting the Dots: Plastic Pollution and the Planetary Emergency
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) (2022)

A new UN Treaty to address plastic pollution: Supporting the transition to a circular economy for plastics
Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2021)

Possible elements of a new global agreement to prevent plastic pollution
Karen Raubenheimer, Niko Urho, Nordic Council of Ministers (2020)

Breaking the Plastic Wave
Pew Charitable Trusts, et al. (2020)

Plastics and Health: The Hidden Costs of a Plastic Planet
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) (2019)

A binding global agreement to address the lifecycle of plastics
Nils Simon et al., Science (2021)

Evaluating scenarios toward zero plastic pollution
Winnie Lau et al., Science (2020)

Marine plastic litter on Small Island Developing States (SIDS): Impacts and measures
Florina Lachmann et al., Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, University of Gothenburg (2017)

Transforming the Global Plastics Economy: The Role of Economic Policies in the Global Governance of Plastic Pollution
Diana Barrowclough & Carolyn Deere Birkbeck, Social Sciences (2022)

Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics
United Nations Environment Programme (2021)

From Pollution to Solution: A global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution
United Nations Environment Programme (2021)