The Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) was a two-day gathering of scientists, experts, policy makers and NGOs who made recommendations for the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the GPA that followed this conference (25-26 January 2012). This conference explored current and emerging issues that originate from land-based activities and the options to manage these issues.
The Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML) is a voluntary open-ended multi-stakeholder partnership for international agencies, Governments, businesses, academia, local authorities, nongovernmental organizations and individuals. It seeks to protect human health and the global environment by reduction and management of marine litter as its main goal. The GPML is initially guided by the 'Honolulu Strategy - a global framework for prevention and management of marine debris' and works as a "coordinating forum" for all the stakeholders working in the area of marine litter prevention and management, thereby assisting stakeholders to complement each other's efforts, to avoid duplication and to optimize the efficiency and efficacy of their resources.
The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is a multi-stakeholder partnership comprising of governments, private sector, scientific community, civil society organizations and UN agencies committed to promote effective nutrient management to achieve the twin goals of food security through increased productivity and conservation of natural resources and the environment.
The Global Wastewater Initiative is a multi-stakeholder platform comprised of UN agencies, international organizations, governments (Health, Agriculture, Environment and Economic development), scientists, private sectors and Major groups and stakeholders to provide the foundations (including information, tools and policy mechanisms) for partnerships to initiate comprehensive, effective and sustained programmes addressing wastewater management. UNEP/GPA serves as the Secretariat of the GWI.
The Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution (GPA) was held in Manila, The Philippines, 25-26 January, 2012.
The Second Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC-2) was convened October 2-4, 2013, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. PPTs and documents are available in this folcer.
Since 2003, UNEP-GPA has been training municipal wastewater managers on "Improving Municipal Wastewater Management for Coastal Cities" together with the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education and other partners around the world. Over 1,350 experts from 67 countries have so far benefited from the training: the results include wastewater and research projects and country-driven follow-up training courses, and changes in policy guidelines and regulations.