On 26 November, Hub Leader UNSW Prof Veena will join a panel discussion at the United Nations Environment Program's Multi-stakeholder Forum taking place in conjunction with the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-1) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.
The UNEP says "the panel discussion with scientists is to set the scene" for the remaining Forum roundtable discussions and Q&A, and follows the UNEP resolution to end plastic waste by members states including Australia.
The panel comprises:
- Prof. Trisia Farrelly – Massey University, New Zealand
- Prof. Veena Sahajwalla – University of New South Wales, Australia
- Prof. Alethia Vazquez Morillas – Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco Unit, Mexico
- Prof. Alexander Turra – University of São Paulo, Brazil
The Forum aims to facilitate the exchange of information and gather perspectives from different stakeholders across the plastics life cycle. Which challenges and opportunities should be considered in the negotiations? Which actions are already helping to shift the needle on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment?
The key outcomes and messages from the Forum will be summarized during INC-1.
Through the forum, stakeholders will:
Engage and exchange with different stakeholder groups active along the plastics value chain, on key actions needed to end plastic pollution
Discuss and facilitate key messages to be reported to INC, to inform delegates on how stakeholders are approaching actions on plastic pollution as well as on key opportunities and challenges that the global agreement could address.
Acknowledge and share progress and impact from ongoing actions by different stakeholders across the full life cycle of plastics, to inspire further collective action and impact through a multi-stakeholder action agenda.
Target audience The Forum is open to all stakeholders, including governments, the private sector working on different stages of the plastics life cycle, scientists and researchers, the finance sector, civil society groups, including the informal sector, indigenous people, and youth.
Structure of this hybrid Forum The Multi-stakeholder Forum is held in conjunction with the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment. The Forum will be held in a hybrid setting to facilitate the broadest multi-stakeholder participation. The in-person plenary sessions in Uruguay will be broadcasted to facilitate the broadest multi-stakeholder participation. Curated roundtable discussions among stakeholders on targeted topics will be organised in-person (in Uruguay) and online (via Zoom). See the Registration section for more information and how to register for in-person or online attendance.
Watch our Questions & Answers Session about the Forum
This recording of a Questions & Answers Session about the Forum with NGOs might also answer your questions about the objectives and the structure of the Forum, how this relates to INC1, and how to share your opinion.