16 Apr 2024

Venue: Online | Webex

Organization: Greenpeace, Geneva Environment Network

This event, co-organized with Greenpeace, within the framework of the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, will stress the importance of globally-binding obligations to reduce plastic production.

About this Event

Many expert studies continue to be carried out by different bodies to highlight the need for the reduction of plastic production, with a particular focus on the greenhouse gas emissions from plastic production as a clear metric to show that we need to reduce production volumes.

In preparation for the next round of negotiations on a legally-binding instrument on plastic pollution, to take place in Ottawa, Canada in April, this event will stress the importance of globally-binding obligations to reduce plastic production.

At this event, Greenpeace will present its newly commissioned global public opinion polling in 19 countries about supporting a strong and ambitious Global Plastics Treaty (GPT) focusing on key questions, including reducing plastic production in line with 1.5°. Other experts will present the other perspectives and data on why production reduction is important, including biodiversity and human health impacts.

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, and 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.


Dennis CLARE

Delegation of the Federated States of Micronesia to the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution

Valentina SIERRA

Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations in Geneva

Marcus GOVER

Director, Plastics Initiative, Minderoo Foundation

Winnie LAU

Project Director, Preventing Ocean Plastics, The Pew Charitable Trusts


Senior Regional Campaign Strategist (Legal and Political), Greenpeace Southeast Asia


Senior Expert, GRID-Arendal

Bethanie Carney ALMROTH

Professor at Gothenburg University | Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty


Associate Professor at University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines | Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty

Melissa WANG

Senior Scientist, Greenpeace International and Honorary University Fellow, University of Exeter | Moderator


This event will take place online. To register, please use Webex.


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