28 Mar 2024
12:00–13:30

Venue: Online | Webex

Organization: International Pollutants Elimination Network, Geneva Environment Network

This event, co-organized with IPEN, within the framework of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, provided guidance and increase clarity on why it is crucial to regulate chemicals to ensure that the plastics treaty will ensure the protection of human health.

About this Event

This event provided guidance and increase clarity on why it is crucial to regulate chemicals to ensure that the plastics treaty will ensure the protection of human health. The session will highlight what approaches to regulation are possible and answer frequent questions delegates may have around chemicals and plastics. It also provided areview how other MEAs regulate chemicals in plastics and possible outcome of the negotiations.

The event was held in English, with interpretation to French and Spanish. Transcript is available for other languages.

Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues

The world is facing a plastic crisis, the status quo is not an option. Plastic pollution is a serious issue of global concern which requires an urgent and international response involving all relevant actors at different levels. Many initiatives, projects and governance responses and options have been developed to tackle this major environmental problem, but we are still unable to cope with the amount of plastic we generate. In addition, there is a lack of coordination which can better lead to a more effective and efficient response.

Various actors in Geneva are engaged in rethinking the way we manufacture, use, trade and manage plastics. The Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues aim at outreaching and creating synergies among these actors, highlighting efforts made by intergovernmental organizations, governments, businesses, the scientific community, civil society and individuals in the hope of informing and creating synergies and coordinated actions. The dialogues highlight what the different stakeholders in Geneva and beyond have achieved at all levels, present the latest research and governance options.

Following the landmark resolution adopted at UNEA-5 to end plastic pollution and building on the outcomes of the first two series, the third series of dialogues will encourage increased engagement of the Geneva community with future negotiations on the matter.

Speakers

By order of intervention.

H.E. Amb. Luis VAYAS VALDIVIESO

Chair, INC Plastic Pollution, Ecuador

Valentina SIERRA

Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva

Andrea GORE

Professor of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Texas at Austin

Therese KARLSSON

Science and Technical Advisor, IPEN

Kei OHNO WOODALL

Senior Coordination Officer, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat

Michel TSCHIRREN

Head, Global Affairs Section, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Vito BUONSANTE

Policy & Technical Advisor, IPEN

Griffins OCHIENG

Executive Director, Centre for Environmental Justice and Development | Co-chair, IPEN Toxic Plastic Working Group | Moderator

Highlights

Video

Live on Webex.

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