Informal consultations addressing the mandates
of UNEA 3/7 and 4/6
towards the 5th UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA-5.2)
supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
This Ministerial Conference was set in a hybrid format at the WTO premises in Geneva, as one of the United Nations hubs, in all 6 UN languages.
The Ministerial Statement has been finalized during the Ministerial Conference taking into account the discussions. The final draft of the Ministerial Statement as well as other relevant documents can be downloaded here:
Countries that have not already done so during the Ministerial Conference may choose to sign onto the Ministerial Statement after the Conference by October 15th 2021.
Context of the conference
The Conference offers a platform for informal consultations in the lead up to the second part of the 5th UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), building on the mandates from the 3rd and 4th sessions of UNEA (UNEA 3/7 and 4/6) on tackling marine litter and microplastics and the findings of the ad hoc open-ended expert group on marine litter and microplastics.
With a view to taking the next decisive steps towards starting negotiations on a new global instrument complementing the existing framework, we invite you to join the conference to express your views and would appreciate your support for the intended Ministerial statement.
The goal of the Conference is to build momentum and political will to advance a coherent global strategy to end marine litter and plastic pollution thus ensuring a future with clean seas.
Marine litter and plastic pollution have long been in the global spotlight. Up to twelve million tonnes of plastic waste end up in our oceans every year, where marine wildlife ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, causing injury and death. Plastic pollution also has negative impacts on food safety and quality, human health and coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change. In spite of this, the flow of plastic into the ocean continues, and is projected to nearly triple by 2040.