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Webinar series: Warm up to UNEA 5.2

Towards a decision to launch negotiations for a new global agreement on plastics pollution

Published 25.11.21

Plastic pollution is one of the fastest growing environmental challenges of our time, and an increasing number of countries are now calling for a decision to be taken at UNEA5.2 to launch negotiations on a new global agreement on plastics pollution.

This webinar series provides an opportunity learn and exchange knowledge on what a new global agreement could include and what is needed for it to be an effective tool in solving the challenges related to plastic pollution and marine plastic litter.

GRID-Arendal and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment invite you to join the series running between 8th December 2021 to 15th February 2022

Join the series to get an opportunity to learn and exchange on the scope of a global agreement on plastic pollution , including:

  • insight into National action plans
  • the role of the UN systems
  • criteria on sustainability and possible financing mechanisms
  • understanding of plastic recycling myths and what taking a life cycles approach means in practical terms

If you want to be prepared for the discussions at UNEA5.2 and learn about what is need to prevent and reduce plastic pollution, this series is for you.

Join the webinar series to learn more and prepare for UNEA 5.2!

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Please note: Webinar postponed. Date TBD

More than 150 member states have expressed support for a new global agreement on plastic pollution. Given the magnitude of the problem the urgency to act is clear.

Over 100 business and industry actors have signed the manifesto “The Business Case for a UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution” from across the different stages of the plastics value chain.

This event will invite the proponents of the resolutions along with key stakeholders from private sector and industry that have signed onto the UN Business Call for a treaty to provide their input.

Introduction by:

  • Ingeborg Mork-Knutsen, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Climate and Environment in Norway

Panel discussion moderated by Magnus Løvold, Norwegian Academy of International Law:

  • Panelists TBA

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Completed webinars

Financing and a global agreement for plastic pollution

There is a strong drive to start negotiations on a global agreement on plastic pollution and actors from many different societal sectors support such negotiations. The global agreement is expected to help guide the transition to a more circular plastics economy. The transition will provide significant economic opportunitites, but countries will also require assistance in order to take advantage of these opportuntites.

This webinar will highlight and discuss how a global agreement can contribute to mobilize more sustainable investement in plastics and unleash the potential economic benefit arising from a more circular plastics economy as well as how a global agreement can provide funding and tools for developing countries to implement effective measures.

Introduction by:

  • Per-Olof Busch, Adelphi

Panel discussion moderated by Magnus Løvold, Norwegian Academy of International Law:

  • Leah Bunce Karre, GEF
  • Arthur Van Mansvelt, Achmea Investment Management
  • Nicholas Kolesch, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste
  • Ellen Martin, Circulate Capital

Read the full report here:
Watch the full webinar here: Global Agreement to Prevent Plastic Pollution

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Sustainability Criteria

In collaboration with Norwegian Institute on Water Research (NIVA)

Plastic product sustainability criteria may be incorporated into a global agreement on plastic pollution to guide and harmonize action to reduce plastic pollution by enabling sustainable consumption and production of plastic products. This session will elaborate on how sustainability criteria may be identified, what they may entail and how they could be operationalized in a global agreement. The event will also officially launch the new Nordic Report on Sustainability Criteria for Plastic Products in a Global Agreement on Plastic Pollution.

Presentations by:

  • Ingeborg Mork-Knutsen, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Climate and Environment in Norway
  • Eirik Hovland Steindal, Senior Research Scientist, NIVA
  • Idun Rognerud, Research Scientist, NIVA

Panel discussion moderated by Magnus Løvold, Norwegian Academy of International Law:

  • Christina Niemelä Ström, Head of Sustainability, IKEA Supply
  • Mani Vajipey, co-founder and CEO Banyan Nation
  • Ayub Macharia, Director of Environmental Education and Awareness Unit in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Government of Kenya
  • Alejandra Parra, Zero Waste and Plastics Advisor for GAIA Latin America & the Caribbean

Read the full report here:

View the launch event here: Nordic Report On Sustainability Criteria Launch Webinar

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UN System Response to Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution

In collaboration with Geneva Environment Network (GEN) and United Nations Environment Management Group (EMG)

The session, organized in close collaboration with the Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, GRID-Arendal, the Government of Norway and FAO, demonstrated the effectiveness of UN agencies working together to assist countries in tackling marine litter and plastics pollution, contributing to the deliberations on a global agreement on plastics pollution ahead of UNEA 5.2. The event served as the official launch of the recent EMG report An overview of UN Activities and Initiatives related to Marine Litter and Microplastics.


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National Action Plans

Many have highlighted the central role of National Action Plans or National Plastics Management Plans as a central tool to prevent and reduce plastic pollution. Today some countries and regions have put in place action plans to address marine plastic litter and plastic pollution. Discussions also point to such plans as a possible commitment in a new global agreement. What are the experiences we can learn from so far and build on when we prepare for discussions of a new global agreement?

The event included a presentation of the new report A Comparative Study of National Plastic Plans. In addition, UNEP and selected countries across different regions shared highlights from their experiences with national plastics plans.

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Elements of the global agreement: Scope and global goals

“Marine plastic litter”, “marine debris”, “marine plastic pollution”, “ocean plastic pollution” – many different terms are used when we discuss the scope of a new global agreement.  What is the problem we want to tackle? Are these different or similar names for the same problems, but different in terms of solutions or not really?  The scope of the new agreement will be key to ensure that it becomes an effective and ambitious tool. This webinar will provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to scope of a new agreement, as well as links to global goals and ambitions for a new agreement.

Presentations by:

Karen Raubenheimer, University of Wollongong

Silje Rem, The Norwegian Environment Agency

Eirik Lindebjerg, WWF

Ambrogio Miserocchi, Ellen MacArthur Foundation



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Cover photo:

Bo Eide