Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Plastics and Marine Pollution: Innovations for SDG 14.1

Date and Time
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. WEST
Lisbon, Portugal, and livestreamed


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John Virdin, Director of the Ocean and Coastal Policy Program, will speak about the Plastics Policy Inventory as part of the "UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge – Applied Solutions" panel during Plastics and Marine Pollution: Innovations for SDG 14.1, a UN Ocean Conference side event. The panel, featuring UNDP’s first cohort of innovators working on marine pollution reduction (SDG 14.1), will tackle the innovators’ experiences and lessons learned in applying ocean innovation on the ground as well as opportunities for organizations and individuals to contribute to this effort.

About the Conference

Despite some progress, the world’s oceans continue to face multidimensional crises driven by overfishing, pollution, habitat loss, invasive species & climate change. Much needs to be done to achieve the 2030 Ocean Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. The challenge remains that among the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), SDG 14 is estimated to receive the lowest level of investment, only averaging $1.3 billion per year.  

The governments of Kenya and Portugal are co-hosting the 2022 Ocean Conference from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal to identify ways and means to support the implementation of SDG 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development) under the backdrop of “the Ocean Decade 2021-2030”.   

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) of the Republic of Korea (ROK) join forces to co-organize a side event with a focus on finding solutions to marine plastic and other pollution issues at the global and national level.

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