The International Symposium on Plastics in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic Region was held online on March 2-4 and 8-9, 2021 and hosted by the Icelandic Government in collaboration with the Nordic Council of Ministers.

The symposium was held in connection with the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council, which took place from May 2019 to May 2021. The symposium was organised in co-operation with 11 international partners that address marine pollution in various ways. Iceland had chosen the Arctic marine environment as one of four priority areas of work for its chairmanship and addressing plastic marine litter, and in particular pollution in the Arctic, became a high priority issue in the work programme of the Arctic Council.

This publication provides key points from the presentations and highlights from the discussions in a format that is accessible to policy makers and the general public. Recordings of all panel discussions, as well as the 55 presentations and 39 poster sessions, are available on the Arctic Council’s website.

Further information on the symposium can be found on the event’s website: Marine Plastics Symposium – Home (

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