Global NGO to Partner With UNEP, OECD, The World Bank, World Economic Forum and Others  

June 23, 2022 – Malibu, California – Plastic Oceans International (POI) is proud to announce its lead role and slate of activities at the upcoming United Nations Ocean Conference, taking place in Lisbon, Portugal, June 27 to July 2, 2022.

As an officially accredited delegation, and as one of the leading global NGOs dedicated to ending plastic pollution, POI is organizing a variety of events that include such partners as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Word Bank, World Economic Forum, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Government of the United Kingdom, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and a variety of local organizations.

“As a leading voice serving civil society, this is a major milestone for us in the effort to protect our oceans and influence the advancement of a global binding treaty on the regulation of plastics,” said Julie Andersen, CEO and Co-Founder of POI. “Our goal is to represent and unite disparate stakeholders by collectively working with our BlueCommunities members to build sustainable communities to end plastic pollution.”

Lisbon, Portugal, host of the UN Ocean Conference

Lisbon, Portugal, will play host to the 2022 edition of the UN Oceans Conference.

POI will use the UN Ocean Conference to expand on their successes in advocacy, which have recently helped implement plastic reduction legislation in Chile, Mexico City, and California; while also using it as a means to inspire and incite further change in consumer behavior, corporate practices and public policy.  

“I am thrilled to share the work that we do with local communities, worldwide, that more effectively supports a global change,” said Mark Minneboo, POI’s Regional Director for Latin America. “During the conference, we’ll be using film screenings and other engaging events to showcase our efforts in the areas of education, advocacy, activism and science.”

Below you will find a basic outline of all events being organized by Plastic Oceans International during the UN Ocean Conference. For full details of all events, please click HERE.

Monday, June 27

10:30 – 11:45 

Film Screening: POI’s short for kids, Earth’s Ekko. Includes a plastic pollution workshop.

13:30 – 14:45

Panel Discussion: All hands on deck: Accelerating Solutions to End Plastic Pollution. Moderated by Plastic Oceans CEO & Co-Founder, Julie Andersen. Have your voice be heard by helping us ask the questions that matter. You can submit your suggestions HERE.

18:00 – 20:00

Panel Discussion: A Post Plastic World. Mark Minneboo, Regional Director for LATAM at Plastic Oceans, joins this panel hosted by the IUCN.

Tuesday, June 28


Workshop: Plastic Odyssey – Creating social businesses to tackle plastic pollution

19:25 – 20:10

Networking Reception with Plastic Odyssey and Nomad Plastic. Sponsored by Coastal Reserve wine.


Wednesday, June 29

17:00 – 18:30

Seminar: A Global Treaty on Plastics, An Integral Solution for the Plastic Pollution Crisis? In partnership with the NOVA School of Science and Technology. Mark Minneboo is the featured speaker.

Saturday, July 2

10:00 – 12:30

Beach Cleanup: Praia do Guincho, Cascais

About Plastic Oceans International

Plastic Oceans International is a US-based non-profit organization working to foster sustainable communities worldwide as a means to end plastic pollution. They operate with the belief that we can and must act locally in order to collectively create change on a global scale. Their work focuses on activism, advocacy, education and science – all which are amplified through the power of film – with the goal of empowering and globalizing community actions. In addition to their global entity, Plastic Oceans has branches in Canada, Chile, Mexico, Europe and the Great Lakes region of the U.S.

About the UN Ocean Conference

The Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and Portugal, comes at a critical time as the world is seeking to address many of the deep-rooted problems of our societies laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and which will require major structural transformations and common shared solutions that are anchored in the SDGs. To mobilize action, the Conference will seek to propel much needed science-based innovative solutions aimed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action.