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

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

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● Contaminated seafood
● Exposure to harmful chemicals from plastic degradation

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● 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.

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

Benno Böer

Sustainability must be the new normal. We must fundamentally reconsider the way we live today.
For a better future.

Henning Schwarze


Henning Schwarze
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