Briefing on Marine Litter and Microplastics

21 January 2020 - 13:00-14:30 - International Environment House II



This event, organized within the framework of the Geneva Environment Network, will discuss the outcomes of the third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics that was held from 18-22 November 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Marine plastic litter and microplastics is a serious and rapidly growing issue of global concern which requires an urgent and global response, involving all relevant actors at all levels.

The Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group was established in response to the resolution UNEP/EA.3/Res.7, on marine litter and microplastics, adopted by the United Nations Environment Assembly at its third session, in December 2017. It looks at international governance options for tackling plastic waste.

A draft meeting report of the expert group was presented and adopted at the meeting, subject to completion and final clearance by the meeting Rapporteur.  The expert group also adopted the an outcome document, which will be annexed to the meeting report.


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Video of the event

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Bruno POZZI, Director, Europe Office, UN Environment Programme

Outcomes of the third meeting of the UNEP ad hoc open-ended expert group on marine litter and microplastics by the Chair
H.E. Amb. Jillian DEMPSTER, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Discussing the outcomes of the Expert Group
Carlos MARTIN-NOVELLA, Deputy Executive Secretary, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat
David AZOULAY, Managing Attorney, Geneva office, Center for International Environmental Law
Carlos BRICEÑO, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Peru to the international organizations in Geneva
Additional Country Representative (TBC)

On the road to UNEA5
Elisabeth ANDVIG, Adviser, Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Questions & Answers
Heidi SAVELLI, Global Partnership for Marine Litter, UNEP, and Thierry LUCAS, Europe Regional Coordinator for ecosystems, UNEP, connected via Video

Closing remarks
Sebastian KÖNIG, UNEP Focal Point, Switzerland