This High-Level Dialogue closes the first series of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, aiming to facilitate further engagement and discussion among the stakeholders in International Geneva and beyond. The dialogues addressed the plastic crisis and supported coordinated approaches that can lead to more efficient decision making.
About the 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 to create 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 fostering stronger cooperation and coordinated actions. The dialogues will also look at what the different stakeholders have achieved at all levels, present the latest research and governance options.
In addition, although the dialogues target stakeholders from all continents, they aim to encourage increased engagement of the Geneva community in the run-up to various global environmental negotiations, such as:
- UNEA-5 (1st and 2nd sessions) in February 2021 and February 2022
- BRS COPs in July 2021 and June 2022
- SAICM ICCM5 in 2022
This first series of dialogues ended in February 2021 to build momentum towards UNEA-5.1. It aimed to facilitate further engagement and discussions among stakeholders and actors in International Geneva and across the regions and support coordinated approaches that can lead to more efficient global decision making. It also intended to provide a platform to further carry the discussion from the concluded Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group (AHEG) on Marine Litter and Microplastics towards UNEA-5 part 2 in 2022.
The sessions made recommendations towards this High-Level Dialogue on Plastic Governance.
The dialogues and the high-level session are organized in collaboration with the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, the Center for International Environmental Law, the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute, Norway, and Switzerland.
- Opening Session: Plastics and Waste | 26 November 2020 | 9:00 CET
- Plastics, Climate and Air Pollution | 10 December 2020 | 14:00 CET
- Plastics and Human Rights | 14 January 2021 | 14:00 CET
- Plastics and Health | 21 January 2021 | 14:00 CET
- Plastics and Standards | 28 January 2021 | 14:00 CET
- Plastics and Trade | 4 February 2021 | 14:00 CET
- Plastics in the Life Cycle/SCP | 11 February 2021 | 14:00 CET
The High-Level Dialogue
The High-Level Dialogue on Plastics Governance will take place on 11 March 2021 at 14:00 CET. It will conclude the first series of dialogues which discussed various aspect of global plastic governance. This High- level dialogue will consider the outcomes of this series and explore the way forward to UNEA 5.2, scheduled in February 2022.
H.E. Amb. Tine Mørch Smith
Permanent Representative of Norway to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva
H.E. Amb. Silvia Elena ALFARO ESPINOSA
Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva
Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Executive Board President, Portuguese Environment Agency (EU Presidency)
Head, Global Affairs Section, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment
Director, Ecosystems Division, UN Environment Programme
Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
Director General, WWF International
Bruno POZZI (moderator)
Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme
This event will take place on Webex and Facebook live. Kindly register directly on the Webex platform.
In addition to the live WebEx and Facebook transmissions, the video will be available on this webpage.
- Outcomes of the previous Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues
Waste | Climate & Air Pollution | Human Rights | Health | Standards | Trade | Life Cycle & SCP
The update on Plastics and the Environment provides relevant information and the most recent research, data and articles from the various organizations in international Geneva and other institutions around the world.
- UNEP / UNEA | Ad hoc open-ended expert group on marine litter and microplastics
- Basel Convention | Plastic Waste
- A new global treaty to tackle plastic pollution? | Geneva Solutions | 1 March 2021
- Confronting the Plastic Pollution Pandemic | IISD | 22 December 2020
- Convention on Plastic Pollution: Toward a New Global Agreement to Address Plastic Pollution | CIEL, Environmental Investigation Agency, GAIA, and #breakfreefromplastic | June 2020