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28. November 2022

HAC Member States Joint Statement INC-1

On the first meeting of Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, we the Ministers of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution, are combining efforts to send a united message to step up global ambition to end plastic pollution by 2040.

Read the statement here

 

26. November 2022

A global plastics treaty fit for purpose: INC-1 High Ambition Coalition side event

H.E Adrián Peña, Minister of Environment of Uruguay in collaboration with Norway and Rwanda as Co-Chairs of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution, invite to an INC side-event titled A global plastics treaty fit for purpose with participation from Ministers and speakers from UN, Government, Civil society and Business.

The event will take place in a physical/hybrid format in the Punta del Este Convention and Exhibition Centre, AUDITORIO 4 room on Sunday 27 November from 13:00 to 14:00 Montevideo time (GMT-3).

Link for registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kE5GRPzFSKS-4nF4Emb8lw

More information here

 

8. November 2022

HAC Briefing at UN in Geneva

New member Cabo Verde joined the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution during last week’s briefing in Geneva, bringing the number of members of the Coalition to 32. More than 60 representatives for states and organizations participated in the briefing on the coalition, organised in Geneva by Switzerland, Ecuador, Peru, together with coalition co-chairs Rwanda and Norway.

“Bold steps are needed to address this global threat,” said Rwanda’s ambassador Marie Chantal Rwakazina during the opening.

The coalition currently has 32 members from all regions of the world. The co-chairs highlighted that many more will join before the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee gathers in Punta del Este in Uruguay for its first meeting at the end of November.

The coalition’s goals are to end plastic pollution by 2040 through restraining plastic consumption and production to sustainable levels, enabling a circular economy for plastics that protects the environment and human health, and achieve environmentally sound management and recycling of plastic waste.

“We see an ambitious global agreement as the most effective solution,” said Norway’s ambassador Mørch Smith. – “We now have a window of opportunity to establish the needed legally binding framework by the end of 2024. If we do not meet this deadline, this window may close rapidly.”

John Duncan from WWF also provided an overview of the Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty convened by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF. The Business Coalition brings together businesses and is supported by NGO partners, with currently over 80 organisations aligned on the shared vision of a circular economy in which plastic never becomes waste or pollution, and the value of products and materials is retained in the economy. Duncan underlined how it makes financial sense for businesses to advocate for less pollution and how this shift also opens for new business opportunities.

During the briefing, Cabo Verde’s ambassador took the floor and announced that Cabo Verde will join the Coalition. Ambassador Clara Delgado talked about problems caused for island states such as pollution from plastic fishing nets and challenged other small and developing states to join the Coalition.

Several others took the floor during the question and answer session to express support and to highlight that important aspects such as human rights need to be reflected.

 

 

2. November 2022

HAC Briefing at UN in Geneva

The Permanent Missions of Ecuador, Norway, Peru, Rwanda and Switzerland to the UN I Geneva, invites to the following event “Briefing on the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution”.

The event will take place at CICG (The International Conference Center Geneva, Rue de Varembé 17, 1202 Geneva) in Room 4 on Wednesday 2 November from 10:00am to 11:30am.

The objective of the briefing is to inform about the important work of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution notably in advance of the First session of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution (INC1).

Agenda:

Welcome

Ms. Damaris Carnal, INC focal point, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Switzerland, Bern

Opening remarks

H.E Amb. Tine Mørch Smith, PR,  Permanent Mission of Norway, Geneva

H.E Ambassador Marie Chantal Rwakazina, PR, Permanent Mission of Rwanda, Geneva

Briefing HAC to End Plastic Pollution

Erlend Haugen, Embassy of Norway, Nairobi

Briefing Business Coalition for a global plastic treaty

John Duncan, Global Initiative Lead, No Plastics in Nature, WWF

Q&A

Closing remarks

Ms. Maria Daniela Garcia Freire, Lead Negotiator INC – Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador

Mr. Bernardo Roca Rey Ross, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Peru, Geneva

RSVP by Monday 31 October to timothe.caron@bafu.admin.ch

 

 

30. August 2022

UNGA77 side event: Roadmap to End Plastic Pollution by 2040

The Co-Chairs of the Coalition, H.E Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Rwanda and H.E Espen Barth-Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway, invite to a UNGA77 side-event titled Roadmap to End Plastic Pollution by 2040 with participation from experts and high-level speakers from UN, Government, Civil society and Business.

The event will take place in a virtual format on Wednesday 21 Sept 0800-0930 New York time (EDT). Please register for the event HERE

Speakers:
Espen Barth-Eide, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway
and co-chair of the Coalition

Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya , Minister of Environment of
Rwanda and co-chair of the coalition

Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director

Special appearance by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Jason Momoa

+ Ministers, experts and high-level representatives from business,
industry and civil society.

See full agenda HERE

 

 

22. August 2022

Press Release: Countries aim to end plastic pollution by 2040

Today the Governments of Rwanda and Norway launch The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution together with Canada, Peru, Germany, Senegal, Georgia, Republic of Korea, UK, Switzerland, Portugal, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Costa Rica, Iceland, Ecuador, France and the Dominican Republic.

The High Ambition Coalition was first initiated following the historic UN Environment Assembly resolution 5/14 passed in March 2022 to start negotiations of an international legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution.

The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution will issue statements and undertake intersessional work on essential elements and issues to inform the negotiations in order to develop a landmark treaty by 2024.

Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway and co-chair of the coalition, Espen Barth-Eide said:“We took the initiative to form a group of ambitious countries to work for a truly effective global treaty that will establish common global rules, turn off the tap and end plastic pollution by 2040. ”

Plastic pollution has reached unprecedented levels the world over and is projected to rise significantly in the next decades. According to the OECD’s Global Plastic Outlook Policy Scenarios to 2060 report, without urgent global action, the volume of plastics in rivers and lakes will increase from 109 million tonnes in 2019 to 348 million tonnes in 2060 while plastics leaking into the ocean will rise from 30 million tonnes in 2019 to 145 million tonnes in 2060[1].

Plastic consumption is projected to skyrocket in the coming decades, from 460 million tonnes in 2019 to 1 231 million tonnes in 2060. The most significant sectors driving consumption are packaging, vehicles and construction which will make up 2/3 of all use[2].

Minister of Environment of the Republic of Rwanda and co-chair of the coalition, Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya remarked: Rwanda started the journey to end plastic pollution in 2004, unfortunately plastic wastes are still visible in the country’s downstream which proves the need of global efforts towards a common goal of ending plastic pollution because this is an unacceptable burden to place on future generations. Plastic pollution constitutes a planetary crisis with impacts on human health, biodiversity and climate system.”

Members of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution will meet in New York in a few weeks, during the UN General Assembly, to discuss next steps in the coalition’s work.

The first meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee is set to commence November 28th in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

 

ENDS

 

Please go to www.hactoendplasticpollution.org for more information and list of member states in the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution.

 

[1] OECD (2022): Global Plastic Outlook Policy Scenarios to 2060.

[2] OECD (2022): Global Plastic Outlook Policy Scenarios to 2060.

 

Please download the full Press Release here including notes for the editor and statements from Coalition Members.

 

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