• UN Report Highlights the Need to Prioritize Wastewater Management

    A new report calls for wastewater focus in Post-2015 Agenda, as 80% of worlds wastewater is discharged untreated. Read More

  • New UNEP Report Unveils World on Track to Meet 2020 Target for Protected Areas on Land and Sea

    15.4 Per Cent of Terrestrial Areas, 3.4 Per Cent of Oceans Protected, but Further Progress Needed to Cover and Effectively Manage Areas of Importance for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.  Read More

  • UNEP Launches Wastewater Video

    The new video is part of the series "Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey" and portrays the impacts of wastewater on coastal communities and ecosystems, as well as the benefits of improving its management.
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Two Minutes on Oceans w/ Jim Toomey: Wastewater

This video highlights the challenges and opportunities associated with wastewater management.

Island solutions: Recycling sweeps into Saint Lucia

New ways to dispose of all types of waste are creating jobs and keeping the island clean all.


Island solutions: Clean seas for a healthy, sustainable future

Young people in St Lucia are monitoring water quality to ensure clean seas for all.




Arab Water Week

The GW2I Secretariat will attend the event that will be held from 11 to 15 January 2015 in Jordan.

UN Water Meeting

The GW2I will attend the meeting to promote sustainable wastewater management.

Plastic Rcycling Conference 2015

The GPML Secretariat will attend the conference to engage with the private sector for best available technologies and best environment practices.

PSC of the GEF/Global Nutrient Cycle Project

The GPNM Secretariat has attended Project Steering Committee of the GEF/GNC Project. The exact dates will be confirmed.

Open University Meeting on the Marine Litter MOOC

The GPML Secretariat will organize this meeting in Amsterdam to discuss the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Marine Litter. The exact dates will be confirmed

Launch of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative

The GPML Secretariat will be present at the launch of the GGGI that will take place in March, in London. The exact date will be confirmed.


  • 90 per cent of wastewater produced daily in developing countries is discharged untreated in water ways,
    threatening the health of local communities and damaging the environment


  • Marine litter is the largest downstream cost of plastic pollution, plastic waste causes damage
    of US$ 13 Billion to marine ecosystem each year and this figure is largely a significant underestimate.


  • Nutrient runoff causes costal euthrophication zones of severely reduced dissolved oxygen
    and depleted aquatic life also known as "dead zones". Over 400 dead zones
    have been identified in costal areas.