Crafting an Effective Treaty on Plastic Pollution – Arctic perspectives

18 February 2023 | 14:00 - 15:30 (GMT+1)

Open Session - HYBRID


Room: Senatssaal


Session Conveners: Helene Svendsen (GRID-Arendal, Norway)


Session Description

Like in many regions in the world, the environment in the Arctic is threatened by plastic pollution. The upcoming Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution is meant to address the problem, close the gaps in the existing conventions, and achieve the overall goal to eliminate the leakage of plastic into the environment.

The event will briefly present the new report ‘Crafting an effective treaty on plastic pollution: Emerging fault lines in the intergovernmental negotiations.’ This report is jointly produced by GRID-Arendal, Fridtjof Nansen Institute and Norwegian Academy of International Law. The main goal of the report is to provide a set of evidence-based recommendations aimed at facilitating the negotiation process on a new Treaty on Plastic Pollution.

The presentation will be followed up by a conversation about the ongoing treaty-making process and its role in addressing plastic pollution in the Arctic region specifically. Experts will discuss lessons learned from previous environmental treaties as well as how the main challenges of marine litter in the Arctic may be addressed through enhanced governance of plastic pollution in the region and beyond.

The event is aimed at linking the scientific knowledge about plastic pollution in the Arctic with policy-relevant discussion of how the future Global Plastics Treaty could become more relevant for the Arctic, including but not limited to collaboration in the current geopolitical situation, and inclusion of gender and indigenous peoples.