A zero pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment

For a new framework for the international sound management of plastics, chemicals and waste

TV Studio 4
High-level panel - Auditorium
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
14:55 to 15:55

If plastics and chemicals can considerably improve the living conditions of populations, their mismanagement poses a significant threat to the environment and human health. Each year, around 10 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean. The number of deaths due to certain chemicals is estimated at 1.6 million in 2016. These impacts are all the more significant as the chemical industry represents more than $5,000 billion at the global level, and projections indicate a doubling by 2030. Aware of these challenges, the international community is developing a new framework for the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and may launch negotiations on a legally-binding agreement on plastics at the 5th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) in February 2022.

Key points

This panel aims at giving more visibility to the chemicals and waste cluster within the international community and particularly within the development community. It will present the main environmental issues linked to plastics and chemical and waste, and underline the fact that the EU has an essential role to play at the international level, with the European Chemicals Agency and European regulations related to plastics, chemicals and waste as well as circular economy. The inclusion of these topics in the Green Deal is evidence of the importance of these subjects. This panel will also be an opportunity to present the stakes for the adoption of a new beyond-2022 framework for chemicals management and for the launch of international negotiations on a global agreement on plastics.

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Organised by


Brussels Correspondent - Journalist
Jeremie PELLET
Director General of Expertise France
Expertise France
Joanna DRAKE
Deputy Director-General
European Commission - DG for Environment
EDD Young Leader, Liberia
Philippe LACOSTE
Sustainable Development Director
Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères, France
Ambassador for Polar and Maritime Issues
Government of France
Executive Secretary
Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions