High Ambition Briefing Event in Paris and online 26 May

Event date and time: Friday 26 May 2023 from 12:00 to 14:15 CET
Live on Youtube 

The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution and WWF International, in partnership with the Business
Coalition for a Global Plastics Treaty and the Scientists’ Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty, would like to invite you to attend our upcoming High Ambition Briefing event online from Paris on Friday, 26 May.

The High Ambition Briefing Event is a high-level, in-person event that will take place just ahead of the formal INC-2 meeting (29 May – 2 June) and will convene government ministers together with key treaty stakeholders, including senior executives of leading businesses and civil society, scientific and youth organisations. The purpose of the briefing will be to identify what “ambition” means for the treaty process and highlight concrete solutions across the focus areas of the treaty: elimination, reduction, circulation, and remediation.

As the upcoming INC meeting aims to lay the groundwork for the “Zero Draft” of the proposed treaty text, this event provides a critical opportunity to engage stakeholder organisations with ministers and delegations on the key elements required to deliver an ambitious and effective treaty that will end plastic pollution.

Agenda and speakers

Opening remarks

Ms. Erin Simon Vice President of Plastic Waste and Business, WWF

Ms. Inger Andersen Under-Secretary-General, United Nations; Executive Director, UNEP


High Ambition Coalition remarks

Hon. Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya Minister of Environment, Rwanda; Co-Chair, High Ambition Coalition

Hon. Espen Barth Eide Minister of Climate and the Environment, Norway; Co-Chair, High Ambition Coalition


Government and Stakeholder Ambition remarks

Government Remarks

Hon. Sir Molwyn Joseph Minister of Health, Wellness & The Environment, Antigua and Barbuda

Hon. Rebecca Pow Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Environmental Quality, UK

Hon. Takeshi Akahori Assistant Minister, Ambassador for Global Issues, Japan

Hon. Terry Duguid Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada

Hon. Jose W. Fernandez Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, United States

Ambassador Luis Vayas Valdivieso Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ecuador


Business Remarks

Ms. Rebecca Marmot Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever; Business Coalition

Ms. Leanne Geale Executive Vice President, Nestlé; Business Coalition

Mr. Michael Goltzman Vice President, Global Policy & Sustainability, The Coca-Cola Company, Business Coalition


Civil Society, Science and Youth Remarks

Dr. Jenna Jambeck Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Georgia

Dr. Shahriar Hossain Environment and Social Development Organization

Ms. Betty Osei Bonsu Country Manager, Green Africa Youth Organization


 Closing remarks

Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra Velásquez Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peru

Mr. Marco Lambertini Special Envoy and Former Director General, WWF