📅 26 November 2022
In March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2) unanimously endorsed in Nairobi a historic resolution to End Plastic Pollution (resolution 5/14), which gives the mandate to forge an international legally binding instrument by 2024 to prevent and reduce global plastic pollution.
The instrument is to follow a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic. UNEA-5.2 (resolution 5/14) requested the UNEP Executive Director to convene a hybrid multi-stakeholder forum.
This forum will take place in conjunction with the first session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC-1), set to develop the international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution.
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?
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.