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Small Island Developing States & Plastic Pollution: The Road Towards a Global Agreement on Plastics
November 16, 2022, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm EST
Plastic pollution has evolved into one of the greatest global threats to humankind and the environment. While its impacts on health, food security, livelihoods, economies, and the wider environment are experienced across the globe, small island developing states are experiencing these impacts on a disproportionate scale, due in part to their unique vulnerabilities and limited resources, and despite their relatively minor contribution to this global problem.
In late November, countries will come together for the first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to begin developing a new global agreement on plastic pollution. Ahead of this historic meeting, join us for the first installment of our SIDS & Global Plastics Series to hear from a panel of experts on the impacts of plastic pollution on small island developing states, and the potential role that the new agreement can play in addressing them.
Asha Challenger, Lead Negotiator, Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer, Trade, Environment, Climate Change & Sustainable Development Branch, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Dr. Alexandra Harrington, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law, Agreement on Plastic Pollution Task Force
Jewel Batchasingh, Director, Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean)
Saeed Hamid, Legal Fellow, Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law at NYU School of Law
This event is made possible by the International Union for Conservation of Nature through the Plastic Waste Free Islands project, funded with generous support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation.