Global Plastic Action Partnership

This Action aligns with the following Calls to Action from the Circular Economy Action Agenda for Plastics

2. Incentivize and Support Product Design for Reuse and Recycling of Plastic

4. Stimulate Consumer Adoption of Plastic Reuse

5. Guide and Support New Business Models for Environmental, Financial, and Social Triple-Win

9. Integrate and Advance Decent Work in the Transition to a Circular Economy for Plastics


Project description

The Global Plastics Action Partnership (GPAP) was forged as a structured global public-private partnership for action on plastic that enables public, private and civil society sectors and their initiatives to come together. As such, GPAP provides a platform for discussion and collaboration amongst the range of emerging efforts to jointly support governments facing plastic pollution challenges – particularly in developing or emerging economies. To enable this, GPAP will also advance structured action through focused proof-of-concept partnerships in ASEAN, Africa and SIDS. Representing three different “archetypes”, these focused partnerships will demonstrate the varying approaches to tackling plastics pollution in profoundly different geographies and economic contexts.



  • We are on a path to having more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050

  • In low and middle-income countries, waste is often disposed in unregulated dumps or openly burned, creating health, safety, and environmental risks

  • The past year has seen a wave of growing interest and commitment to tackling plastic pollution from global to national, business and small-scale initiatives

  • To maximize impact and advance systemic change, scaled action and collaboration between the diverse stakeholders and efforts are needed


Long term ambition of the Global Plastic Action Partnership 

Avert plastic pollution from source to sea by 2025, by fast-tracking circular economy solutions and catalysing concerted solutions.



  • Build and grow a public-private partnership to help translate political and corporate commitment to address plastic pollution into tangible strategies and investible actions plans

  • Translate into national platforms that develop fact-based national action plans

  • Conduct pilots in three countries and scale up to other countries

  • Capture and exchange insights for rapid replication and scale

Find out more here about how GPAP is creating impact!


National Plastics Action Partnership 


  • As the first GPAP national partner and with more than 150 member organizations, the Indonesia NPAP is the country's leading platform for public-private collaboration, working closely with leading changemakers from all sectors to forge a collective path towards a plastic pollution-free Indonesia.  

  • The objectives until 2025 are reducing or substituting avoidable plastic usage, redesigning plastic products and packaging with reuse or recycling in mind, increasing plastic waste collection to more than 80% by 2025, and doubling current recycling capacity by 2025. 


  • As the new chair of ASEAN in 2020, Viet Nam is committed to leading the way for the broader South-East Asia region in developing and implementing meaningful policies to address plastic waste and pollution. Under the National Action Plan on Marine Plastic Debris Management, the country has pledged to reduce the flow of plastics into the ocean by 75% by 2030, and to boost the sustainable growth of its marine economy. 


  • The Ghana NPAP serves as the national platform for multistakeholder cooperation, facilitating initiatives and funding to scale up and accelerate in-country partnerships that address plastic waste and pollution while contributing to the nation’s progress towards achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals. 


  • In joining GPAP, Nigeria will work with the World Economic Forum to launch a National Plastic Action Partnership, based on a promising model that has been piloted in Indonesia, Ghana and Viet Nam. Its principal mandates will include creating and working with locally led, locally driven platforms, such as the Federal Ministry of Environment and the African Development Bank-coordinated Nigeria Circular Economy Working Group (NCEWG), to bring together the country’s most influential policy-makers, business leaders and civil society advocates. The goal is to deliver a national action plan for radically reducing plastic pollution, connecting high-potential solutions with strategic financing opportunities. 



World Economic Forum, Government of Canada, The CocaCola Company (PACE Partners) 

GEF, UK Defra, PepsiCo, Nestlé, Dow