From Ambition to Action: Ending Plastic Pollution in All Environments

United Nations Oceans Conference Side Event

As we launch negotiations for an ambitious plastics treaty, this event will allow governments, civil society, academia and business to gather together, make connections and share views on essential elements for a successful agreement.

Participants are able to arrive at the event from 6pm, the formal session will commence at 6.30pm and last for approximately one hour, followed by the opportunity for networking with participants. Refreshments will be provided.

27 June, time 6-8pm (BST/WEST)
United Nations Ocean Conference, Lisbon, Ikonik Hotel

Please follow any of the links below for the live stream from 6:15pm (WEST):
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Plastic pollution constitutes a planetary crisis with impacts on our oceans, health, biodiversity and the climate system. Following the adoption of the resolution End Plastic Pollution: Towards an International Legally Binding Instrument at the 5th Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2022 (UNEA-5), countries have a chance to come together and address the root causes of plastic pollution to safeguard our oceans and our planet. If we are to achieve SDG 14, an ambitious, coordinated and equitable approach that reflects the need to enable all countries to respond, including through support for low-capacity countries and SIDS, will be essential.

Stakeholders from civil society, government, business and the scientific community will lead this high-level dialogue on priority issues for addressing plastic pollution as we look towards international negotiations in 2022 and an ambitious eventual agreement that meets the scale of the crisis at hand. From highlighting the critical importance of plastic pollution to SDG 14 and our oceans, the discussion will also cover other interlinkages, such as the sustainable production and consumption of plastics (SDG 12), product design and standards, the need for a non-toxic circular economy and the environmentally sound management of waste – all anchored in evidence-based decision making and the need to turn words into urgent action through action plans and reporting requirements.

The session will bring perspectives from different geographies and contexts, underscoring the need for a collaborative global vision to end plastic pollution that intervenes at all stages of the plastics life cycle.

The session will last 60 minutes and will include a set of interventions from high-level speakers about the plastics treaty and a brief interchange between speakers. A drinks reception will be hosted after the event.

Christina Dixon, Environmental Investigation Agency


  • Dr Jeanne d'Arc Mujawamariya, Minister of Environment, of the Republic of Rwanda (pre-recorded via video link)
  • Amb. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru and INC Bureau nominee
  • Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission
  • Ed Shepherd, Senior Global Sustainability Manager - Circular Economy – Unilever
  • Professor Richard Thompson OBE FRS, Director of the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth
  • Jo Royle, Founder and CEO, Common Seas
  • Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment, United Kingdom

More speakers to be confirmed

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