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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.

 

Media Enquiries

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