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United Nations Environment Program

Clean Seas Campaign

UN Environment launched #CleanSeas in February 2017, with the aim of engaging governments, the general public, civil society and the private sector in the fight against marine plastic litter. Over the next five years, this campaign aims to address the root-cause of marine litter by targeting the production and consumption of single-use plastic.

The Clean Seas Campaign is the official sustainability campaign of the Volvo Ocean Race and is using this global sporting event to transform habits, practices, standards and policies around the globe and dramatically reduce marine litter and the harm it causes.

  • Expand Campaign Website ( to be accessible in languages used at all Volvo Ocean Race Stopovers to ensure fans and the general public know actions they can take to stop marine litter.
  • Develop digital toolkits to equip target audiences (public, industry, and regulators) with actionable practices, innovations or alternatives that can be implemented immediately.
  • Develop Virtual Reality Exhibition at Volvo Ocean Race and other video materials that showcase the fate of plastics from production and consumption to how they cycle through the oceans, and how people are affected by marine litter.
  • Ensure a lasting legacy of the Volvo Ocean Race Sustainability Campaign and the Ocean Summits through strong stakeholder engagement with industry leaders and regulators to change practices related to the use of plastics and preventing marine litter.

About United Nations Environment Program

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

Its mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.


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