Addressing marine pollution

Monday 5 June 2017 3:00 - 6:00 PM, at Conference Room 4, UN Headquarters.

Co-chairs: Norway and Indonesia


Pollution from human activities can be found at all points across the ocean’s vast expanse, whether in the deep, at the surface, or in the organisms that live in it. Rivers carry waste, solid and liquid, and a wide range of other substances into the ocean. Discharges, spills and waste from shipping are another source of pollution. Pollutants discharged into the air are deposited into the ocean. Although considerable progress has been achieved in limiting some forms of pollution, others persist. New challenges, whether relating to particular pollutants, such as micro-plastics, or broader trends, like the rapid growth of coastal cities, will require sustained action encompassing scientific research, knowledge-sharing, and strengthened governance arrangements.


  • H.E. Mr. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia
  • H.E. Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Minister of Climate, Norway


  • Mr. Elliott Harris, Director of New York Office, UN Environment


  • Ms. Nancy Wallace, Director, Marine Debris Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Department of Commerce
  • Mr. Kosi Latu, Director-General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
  • Mr. Peter Kershaw, Chair of the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environment (GESAMP)
  • Ms. Sybil Seitzinger, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Canada

Conference Room 4
The Ocean Conference Official Meeting
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