The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Blue Planet Initiative* together with the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS), the Atlantic International Research (AIR) Centre and UNEP Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) organised an event on 29 June 2022 in Cascais, Portugal to promote international action on monitoring marine litter for decision-making. The full-day event, which included an official UN Ocean Conference side event, welcomed 86 participants from 23 countries across the globe.

Through thematic presentations, panel sessions, group discussions and live demonstrations, the event focused on marine litter observation, remote sensing and modelling as key pillars for supporting the establishment of realistic plastic litter reduction targets and developing policies to reach these targets. This is crucial for providing accurate, up-to-date information on global marine litter and plastic pollution needed to monitor and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14.1.1 targets and support the UNEA-5 announcement to forge an international legally binding agreement by 2024.

Visit the event webpage to access the programme, speaker presentations and other useful resources: