Beat Plastic Pollution in Asia Pacific


There is no ‘Easy Fix’ to improve the situation. School clean up campaigns are not enough. We need to mobilise youth, raise awareness, enhance environmental education, and take to action. Therefore we need your help!

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The PLASTIC Initiative

Other United Nations specialised agencies, funds and programmes are invited to join this initiative. Civil Society Organizations, the private sector, foundations, and individuals are also invited to contact UNESCO.

The Challenges of Plastic


● Loss of biodiversity
● Degradation of marine ecosystems
● Reduced water quality


● Contaminated seafood
● Exposure to harmful chemicals from plastic degradation


● Loss of tourism due to pollution
● Clean up cost


Help us to assess some important data on environmental and socio economic issues in Asia-Pacific as they relate to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNESCO’s 152 Biosphere Reserves. Please take a few minutes and fill in our online questionnaire. Your support is highly appreciated. 


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We are all responsible. Clean up campaigns alone are not enough!

We need to address the problem as a whole. Reduce plastic usage, plastic wastage and keep ecosystems clean.

The world is a beautiful ancient organism grown over millions of years. Like a terminal disease, plastic spreads through in its veins. I am passionate about helping cure this problem, not because I must but because I chose to. Perhaps I will inspire others to do the same. 

Charlie Winston

Singer & Songwriter

Sustainable development is all about people – it is people who create problems like plastic, and it is people working together across national, social and economic barriers that can come up with the solutions.

Sue Vize

Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences for Asia and the Pacific, UNESCO Bangkok

Good plastic waste management has been delayed for too long because of our common blindness. 
We have to unleash human ingenuity to clean up the mess.

Benno Böer

Chief of the Natural Sciences Unit, UNESCO Bangkok Office

You only live this life once, so give your best self to the world. We are all responsible for the world our children will live, let us create the legacies for the next generation.

Getthip Hannarong

Founder and CEO - Zero Waste YOLO Co. Ltd.

We must disincentivise the mindless everyday use of plastic and raise awareness for the ongoing environmental degradation that is becoming more difficult to reverse.

Matt Brown

MA candidate at Humboldt University of Berlin & Intern at UNESCO Bangkok Office

Education must be a priority in order to change our current mindset on plastic. We must learn how to shift away from our harmful behaviours and find solutions to use plastics in a sustainable way.

Chariya Chiumkanokchai

Programme Assistant for ESD and Global Citizenship, UNESCO Bangkok Office

Everyone must work together to find innovative and sustainable ways to live with and without plastic. Plastic is not bad in itself, rather it's about how we use it.

Ushio Miura

Programme Specialist for ESD and Global Citizenship, UNESCO Bangkok Office

Other than reduce, reuse, recycle we also need more research, replacement (by bio-plastics) and regulations.

Dr. Jim Jem

Senior Advisor; Global Forum on Human Settlements

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