Stakeholder networks from 32 countries united to collaborate on Ocean Action, Climate Action, addressing pollution from land-based, riverine and marine-based sources and advancing Circular Economy development.
We provide international expertise and launch joint initiatives; We support advancing solutions to mitigate the global waste, plastic pollution & climate crises which are interlinked.
Our network is co-owned by its members. #SDG17FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US IF YOU LIKE TO JOIN OUR NETWORK

Our collective expertise

IWP network partners have country-specific insights and follow a multi-sector stakeholder approach within their respective countries & regions

Our approach is based on the 5 principles of Collective Impact

Common agenda; Shared measurement systems; Mutually reinforcing activities; Continuous communication; and backbone support organisations (the member networks).


Representatives committed themselves to align objectives, to support the implementation of strategies of Ocean Action and Climate Action, as well as to share ideas, best practices, concepts, programs, knowledge and opportunities; including the reduction of plastic debris at the source, before it enters rivers and the coastal environment.

Country / regional networks and national marine debris networks make a difference in societal behaviour change and environmental policies by providing input and promoting action which aims at finding solutions to reduce (ocean) plastic pollution. Country and regional networks are instrumental to reach the prevention and reduction of marine pollution, facilitate and foster the establishment of national and international partnerships in a multi-stakeholder approach.

Scope of work

International strategies & Stakeholder engagement

  • collaborate on mapping of stakeholders and stakeholder groups and their programs;
  • #SDG17 collaborate on cross-boundary issues and advance creating synergy in our agendas;
  • stakeholder engagement in national and international action plans and strategies;
  • collaborate on international illicit waste trafficking
  • #SDG12 strive for legislation on the maximum allowed empty space in packaging (reduce non-functional slack-fill)

Quality eduction on Waste & Climate literacy

  • #SDG13 SDG3 🔥 raise awareness about open burning of waste 🔥

Standardisation & Harmonisation

  • strive for mandatory international standardisation of recycling information on packaging and bins and mandatory recyclability verification; strive for transparency in the recycling sector
  • collaborate and support advancing harmonisation of waste and litter data and monitoring protocols.


Open letter – sent to UN on 19 December 2020
Asking for recyclability verification, internationally harmonised standards for mandatory labels for end of life
disposal instruction on packaging and standardised labels on recycling bins and

Open letter – sent to UN on 24 September 2021 The International Waste Platform commits to support the implementation of a global agreement, in our special role and capacity as a network of active NGOs and waste advisory firms working to combat plastic waste. IWP fully supports the initiative to develop a global agreement, and undertake to use our network to promote its goals and activities.

Our Commitment to United Nations

Voluntary Commitment #OceanAction26660

#SDG17 Get in Touch

Contact details of each network can be found on the individual network pages.

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