This event is part of the Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution Webinar Series aiming to building bridges and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing between and among stakeholders, and to raise public awareness about the OEWG preparing proposals for the establishment of the panel. The webinar series was co-organized by the Secretariat of the OEWG and the Geneva Environment Network.

About this Session

This briefing forms part of the webinar series in the context of Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on a science policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and water and to prevent pollution

At its resumed fifth session, held in Nairobi from 28 February to 2 March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly decided, by resolution 5/8, to establish a science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution.

This webinar informed participants on the accreditation and participation modalities for the OEWG for major groups and stakeholders and the invitation is extended to all interested participants from civil society who have attended previous meetings and who plan to engage along in the process on the way to OEWG 2. The objective of this webinar is to enhance understanding of the participation of observers at the meetings of the OEWG in its intersessional work, sharing information on how MGS can participate and contribute to the work of OEWG.

During this webinar, current and past observers shared their experience on how they contributed and are contributing to the work of the OEWG. This webinar provided a brief overview on the work being undertaken until now and which documents will be discussed during the second session of the ad hoc open-ended working group will be held in person at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre, Dead Sea, Jordan, from 11 to 15 December 2023.

Road to OEWG 2 Series

In preparation for the second session, the Road to OEWG 2 | Science-Policy Panel to Contribute Further to the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste and to Prevent Pollution webinar and event series, co-organized by the OEWG Secretariat and Geneva Environment Network aims to build bridges between and among stakeholders, and promote collaboration and knowledge sharing in preparation for OEWG 2 in December 2023.

Previous webinars and events in the series have focused on the process for establishing a science-policy panel, its scope and possible structure (24 January 2023); lessons learned the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), International Resource Panel (IRP), Montreal Protocol, and World Health Organization (WHO) (5 October 2022); the scope of the panel (25 July 2022), operating principles of existing science-policy interfaces mentioned above, (26 April 2023); building bridges between and among stakeholders and raising awareness about the OEWG process (2 May 2023 as a side event to the 2023 BRS COPs); and how members of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) can contribute their scientific expertise throughout the process (1 May 2023, during the European Special Session of SETAC Annual Meeting).



Principal Officer, Science-Policy Panel on Chemicals, Waste and Prevention of Pollution, UNEP


Chair, OEWG | Deputy Permanent Representative to UN Environment Programme, Netherlands


Co-Chair, Science and Technology Major Group to UNEP

Zuhair Ahmed KOWSHIK

Global Focal Point, Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP

Mrinalini RAI

Director, Women4Biodiversity


Regional Co-Facilitator of Major Groups and Stakeholders, Africa


Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Facilitator, Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP


Programme Management Officer, UNEP

Laetitia ZOBEL

Programme Management Officer, Civil Society Unit, Governance Affairs Office, UNEP | Moderator


  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Engagement of Major Groups and Stakeholders in the OEWG Process
    • Accreditation and Participation Modalities under the UNEA Rules for All Major Groups and Stakeholders
    • OEWG 1 Major Groups and Stakeholders’ Engagement
    • OEWG 2 Major Groups and Stakeholders’ Engagement
  • Relevant Documents for Discussion on the Way to OEWG 2
  • Question and Answers
  • Closing



Live on Webex.

Stakeholders Participation in OEWG2

Participants wishing to attend the OEWG2 meeting are requested to register through the online meeting platform no later than 31 October 2023.

In addition to registering online, any delegate designated to receive financial support for travel and daily subsistence allowance are requested to fill out an online form. The deadline to request funding is 30 September 2023.



Photo Credit

Copyright: IISD / Earth Negotiation Bulletin | Delegates from the Major Groups pose for a group photo, UNEP SPP OEWG1, 1 February 2023.