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Small Island Developing States & Plastic Pollution: Elements of a Global Plastics Agreement

January 16, 2023, 2:00 pm3:15 pm EST

In late 2022, the international community convened in Punta del Este, Uruguay for the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) to begin developing a new global agreement to end plastic pollution. This process has been largely guided by UNEA Resolution 5/14, which, among other things, broadly identifies provisions that must—at a minimum—be included in the final agreement or otherwise considered by the INC. But while there have been growing discussions around a number of common elements, the INC has yet to decide on the specific contents or structure of the new agreement.

Join us for the second installment of our SIDS & Global Plastics Series to hear from a panel of policy and legal experts who will share their insights on the outcomes of INC-1 and explore key issues surrounding the structure and elements of a new global plastics agreement, including potential implications for Small Island Developing States.



Dr. Alexandra Harrington, Chair, Agreement on Plastic Pollution Task Force, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

Andrea Volentras, Project Manager, Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP), Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Joan Yang, Senior Officer, Government Relations, Pew Charitable Trusts



Bryce Rudyk, Director of International Environmental Law, Guarini Center; Adjunct Professor of Law, 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.


January 16, 2023
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm EST
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Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law
International Union for Conservation of Nature
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