11 Mar 2021

Venue: Online | Webex

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:

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.


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


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