14 Mar 2024
14:00–15:00

Venue: Online | Webex

Organization: Geneva Environment Network

Launching a new report from the PlastChem Project, this event organized within the framework of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss the latest state of science on plastic chemicals and polymers of concern and identify way to address them.

About this Session

Chemicals are a central aspect of the plastics issue. Although there is a wealth of science-based information to inform policy makers, implementing scientific data is challenging because information is scattered and not easily accessible. The PlastChem project addresses the fragmented understanding of plastic chemicals, their hazard properties, and their presence in polymers. This initiative has created a high-quality, comprehensive state-of-the-science report synthesizing publicly available evidence to inform future-proof policy development that protects public health and the environment

This event, organized in the framework of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues will launch a new report from the PlastChem Project and will provide a platform for stakeholders to discuss the latest state of science on plastic chemicals and polymers of concern and identify ways to address them.

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. Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Jonas ENGE

Research Council of Norway

Laura MONCLÚS

Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Martin WAGNER

Associate Professor, Onsager fellow, Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Jane MUNCKE

Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Food Packaging Forum

Zhanyun WANG

Empa

Hans Peter ARP

Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

Jodie ROUSSELL

Global Public Affairs Lead, Packaging & Sustainability, Nestlé | Member of the Business Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty

David AZOULAY

Director of the Geneva Office and of the Environmental Health Program, Center for International Environmental Law | Moderator

Registration

This event will take place online. To attend online please register on Webex.

Video

Live on Webex

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