Steps of a participatory approach towards a new global agreement on marine litter and plastic pollution

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The establishment of a new ambitious and legally binding global agreement to enhance coherence and to close the existing gaps in the acquis needs commitment from UN members states, industry and civil society alike to be effective. Following the life-cycle and circular economy approaches, prevention is key whereas the global menace needs concerted action and joint cooperative effort on international, regional  and national level from all stakeholders.

Member States and stakeholders pledged to host and support the negotiation process. This is needed to develop and ensure an effective and reliable strategy for the upcoming meetings of an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee.
Areas of convergence were identified, which might contribute to the future structure and entities of the negotiation process and fostered the participation of stakeholders on the development of a roadmap towards a new global agreement on marine litter and plastic pollution. 

Moderator: Joy Doreen Biira


  • Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General, UN 
  • Kwaku Afriyie, Environment Minister, Ghana
  • Steffi Lemke, Environment Minister, Germany
  • Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, Environment Minister, Rwanda
  • Gustavo Rafael Manrique Miranda, Environment Minister, Ecuador
  • Ana Teresa Lecaros, Environment Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Peru 
  • Steven Guilbeault, Environment Minister, Canada
  • Christine Hogen, Deputy Environment Minister, Canada
  • Amy Fraenkel, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals
  • Patricia Kombo, founder of the PaTree Initiative in Kenya, Centre for Environment Justice and Development, Kenya 
  • Marco Lambertini, General Director, WWF International
  • Allison Lim, Vice-President, Corporate and Public Affairs, The Alliance To End Plastic Waste
  • Ed Shepherd, Global Sustainability Senior Manager, Unilever
  • Joshua Wycliffe, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Waterways and Environment, Fiji
  • Damptey Bediako Asare, High Commissioner of Ghana to Kenya
  • Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention
  • Gunnar Andreas Holm, Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya, Somalia and the Seychelles, Permanent Representative of Norway to UNEP and UN-HABITAT

Audience: 260 in person, >1000 online

Organized by: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature protection, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection