About us

The Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP) was forged as a structured global platform for plastic action that enables public, private and civil society leaders and their initiatives to come together. Our common goal is to drive the transition towards a circular plastics economy while helping to restore our natural systems and creating growth opportunities.

Common goal

Our common goal is to drive the transition towards a circular plastics economy while helping to restore our natural systems and creating growth opportunities.

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The dramatic increase in global plastic waste and pollution has become one of the greatest environmental crises of our time. Around eight million tonnes of plastic waste leaks into the ocean every year. If current trends continue, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050. There is a collective need for effective leadership, sustainable solutions, and decisive action to address this urgent challenge.

Initiated by the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE) and launched during the 2018 Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York City, GPAP champions the global shift towards a new plastics economy – one that directly addresses the root causes of plastic pollution through reshaping the way plastics are manufactured, used, and re-used. Its success will boost economic growth and livelihoods and ultimately pave the way towards a more sustainable and prosperous world.

GPAP represents one of the most powerful efforts to forge a coordinated solution to the plastics pollution crisis. Drawing on the diverse and unique strengths of its members, GPAP supports governments in developing progressive policies; businesses in transforming supply chains; experts in facilitating the sharing of knowledge; and civil society in scaling up local entrepreneurial initiatives and guiding an inclusive, gender-conscious transition towards a circular economy.

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GPAP has grown rapidly in just one year, with three national government partnerships forged in 2019. Project success in these pilot countries – Indonesia, Ghana, and Viet Nam – will lay the groundwork for future engagement and activity across these regions.

GPAP represents the plastics pillar of the PACE initiative. It is hosted at the World Economic Forum.

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