05 Jun 2023

Lieu: International Environment House II (Chemin de Balexert 7-9, Châtelaine)

This year marks the 50th anniversary of World Environment Day, which focuses on solutions to plastic pollution. This high-level dialogue will highlight the efforts and progress undertaken by actors in Geneva to beat plastic pollution, building on the momentum generated by this World Environment Day in mobilizing transformative action from every corner of the world. The event will be followed by a reception.

About the Celebration

Since its first celebration in 1973, World Environment Day has been an occasion to raise awareness on environmental problems and to call for collaborative action across actors around the world. Fifty years later, the problem of plastic pollution has become a major contributor to the triple planetary crisis of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. With more than 430 million tonnes of plastic produced every year worldwide and predictions of annual production reaching up to 1,100 million tonnes by 2050, bold solutions are necessary as currently only a fraction of these is recycled or reused.

Science and solutions to tackle the problem are available, therefore governments, companies and other stakeholders must scale and speed up actions to solve this crisis. At its resumed session of the fifth meeting in March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted a landmark resolution to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, with the ambition to complete the negotiations by end of 2024. The second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2) will be held in Paris at the end of May 2023. The instrument is to be based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic.

Building on this momentum and on other milestones addressing plastics on the environmental agenda, this World Environment Day is celebrated under the theme ‘Solutions to Plastic Pollution’ serving as an occasion to mobilize transformative action from every corner of the world.

International Geneva is strongly engaged in the agenda to beat plastic pollution. The outcomes of recent negotiations, and the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues that kicked off at the end of 2020, provided some concrete examples of how multilateral Geneva is engaged in finding solutions to address this major crisis, including the BRS COPs, SAICM ICCM5, UNEA-6, and other processes in Geneva, such as at the World Trade Organization, the World Health Assembly, the International Labour Conference, or the Human Rights Council. Held immediately after the end of the INC-2 negotiations in Paris, this celebration will also highlight outcomes from the intergovernmental process and discuss multilateralism and cooperation in action.

Leading diplomats and international experts taking the floor at this event will highlight how international Geneva multilateral diplomacy system, with its numerous intergovernmental organizations, permanent governmental missions, NGOs, platforms, academic institutions, and other stakeholders, is engaged in finding solutions to beat plastic pollution.

World Environment Day 2023

World Environment Day 2023 is hosted by Côte d’Ivoire with the support of the Government of the Netherlands. Both countries are at the forefront to beat plastic pollution, setting the example at the national and international levels. Côte d’Ivoire has banned the use of plastic bags since 2014, supporting a shift to reusable packaging. The country’s largest city, Abidjan, has also become a hub for start-ups looking to beat plastic pollution. The Government of the Netherlands is a member of the High Ambition Coalition calling for a strong and ambitious international legally binding instrument to combat plastic pollution.

In line with the official World Environment Day 2023 Celebration, held this year in Côte d’Ivoire, the Geneva Environment Network is organizing a high-level dialogue to highlight efforts and progress undertaken by actors in Geneva to beat plastic pollution, including through the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues.

The high-level dialogue will be followed by a reception offered by the Swiss Government and local authorities.


By order of intervention.


Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme

H.E. Amb. Allou Lambert YAO

Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.


Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other international organizations in Switzerland


Director, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization

María Daniela GARCÍA

Deputy Permanent Representative of Ecuador to the World Trade Organization | Chair of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment

Moustapha Kamal GUEYE

Director, ILO Priority Action Programme on Just Transitions Towards Environmentally Sustainable Economies and Societies


Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions


Director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR)


Senior Policy Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature

Zuhair Ahmed KOWSHIK

Global Focal Point, Children and Youth Major Group to UNEP


Executive Vice President, Imperatives, World Business Council for Sustainable Development


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


Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva


Deputy Head, International Affairs Division, Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

Alfonso GOMEZ

Mayor, City of Geneva


Director, Forum on Trade, Environment and the SDGs (TESS) | Moderator


To be continued.


Opening Remarks

Video | Inger Andersen, from Côte d’Ivoire

Multilateral Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution

  • Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Beat Plastic Pollution: From Paris to Geneva
  • Scaling Up Work on Plastics and Health
  • Trade Solutions to Plastic Pollution
  • Just Transition in Plastic Pollution
  • Science-based Solutions to Plastic Pollution
  • Human Rights Approach to Beat Plastic Pollution
  • Nature-based Solutions to Plastic Pollution
  • Youth Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution
  • Corporate Accountability to Beat Plastic Pollution
  • Civil Society at the Heart of Solutions to Plastic Pollution
  • Multilateral Solutions to Beat Plastic Pollution: From Geneva to UNEA

Closing Remarks | Geneva United to Beat Plastic Pollution




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