Webinar on 15 May: Enhance a circular plastics economy, Eliminate release of plastic to nature and Clean up existing plastic pollution

Monaco, Seychelles and the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with Norway and Rwanda as the Co-Chairs of the Coalition, invite to a webinar titled Enhance a circular plastics economy, Eliminate release of plastic to nature and Clean up existing plastic pollution, with participation from the government, international organizations, business, civil society and scientists.

The event will take place on 15 May at 2 p.m. CEST

Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v8RXhNMoRk-TRSpCq7r7YQ


Opening Remarks and introduction to theme by HAC representatives

Panel Discussion:

  • Wilfrid Deri, Ministry of State – Department of External Relations and Cooperation, Monaco
  • Nanette Laure, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles
  • Priya Sarma, Chair of the Circular Packaging Association of United Arab Emirates and Head of Sustainability & Corporate Affairs at Unilever Middle East
  • Alethia Vázquez-Morillas, Professor, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico (PRESENTATION)
  • Nao Takeuchi, Programme Management Officer, UN-Habitat
  • Mercedes Muñoz Cañas, Marine Biodiversty and Blue Economy Manager, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation
  • Arthur van Mansvelt, Senior Engagement Specialist, Achmea Investment Management’
  • Jacob Rognhaug, VP Public Affairs Systems, Tomra

Q & A with Audience

  • Moderator: David Toovey, Communications Advisor, Ministry of Environment of Rwanda


Plastic pollution constitutes a planetary crisis with impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity, the climate and human health. 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.

The High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution is committed to developing an ambitious international legally binding instrument and share the common ambition to end plastic pollution by 2040. The plastic treaty must establish provisions for plastic waste minimization and environmentally sound collection, sorting and preparation for reuse and recycling of plastic waste to reenter recycled plastics into a circular plastic economy and avoid leakage to the environment. It must also establish provisions for remediation of legacy plastics.

This event provides opportunities for Member States and stakeholders to discuss possible options for core obligations and control measures for a circular plastics economy and to eliminate releases of plastics to water, land and air; waste management; and remediation of legacy plastic waste.