Established in 2011 at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference, the Global Plastics Alliance (GPA) has grown to 75 plastics organizations and allied industry association in 40 countries worldwide. As voluntary signatories of The Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, these organizations operate as GPA and execute projects locally and regionally to address the issue of marine debris. The six work areas for initiatives aimed at contributing to sustainable solutions in the Declaration are education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment. The GPA meets annually and a progress report is published biennially. Visit https://www.marinelittersolutions.com/ for more information and feel free to download the latest progress report published in March 2018 here: https://www.marinelittersolutions.com/what-we-do/progress-report/.
Delegation at the GPA Meeting 2018 in Bali, Indonesia.
The GPA Meeting 2018 took place from 12-14 December 2018 in Bali, Indonesia. The Malaysian delegation comprised Datuk Lim Kok Boon, MPMA President; Mr Callum Chen, MPMA Honorary President; Ms Wee Ching Yun, Chairman, Sustainability Sub-Committee; Dr S. Sri Umeswara, Committee Member, Recycling Sub-Committee; Mr Shazali Wosnin, Petronas Chemical Group; and three MPMA Secretariat staff. Major topics of discussion were on the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), action plan to gather a set of global data of the plastics industry via material flow analysis, and the implementation of Operation Clean Sweep (OCS) to prevent plastic raw material loss.