Expert Pool on the Global Plastics Treaty in Support of the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution

  • Project no.353312
  • Duration 01/2024 - 10/2026

In March 2022, the United Nations Environment Assembly adopted Resolution 5/14 "Ending Plastic Pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument". This launched negotiations on a global treaty to combat plastic pollution in an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC). For these negotiations, a group of 65 like-minded countries from all regions of the world – including Germany and the European Union – founded the High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution (HAC).

In this context and on behalf of the "Marine Litter" project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), a pool of experts supports the HAC, its members and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) in the negotiations on the global plastics treaty. The members of this pool of experts come from the Wuppertal Institute and adelphi consult GmbH. They were selected on the basis of their expertise in the plastics sector, their knowledge of the plastics treaty negotiations and the criterion of an interdisciplinary team. During the course of the project, the members of the expert pool will mainly work on ad hoc inquiries from the GIZ, the BMUV or the HAC. The following tasks are assigned to the researchers of the Wuppertal Institute:

  • The researchers of the Wuppertal Institute organise and moderate workshops as members of the expert pool.
  • They prepare statements, in-depth expert opinions or presentations on a wide range of topics related to plastic pollution and measures to reduce it. Possible topics include instruments for the design of recyclable plastic products, financing options for the implementation of the global plastics treaty or the promotion of plastic waste management.
  • They support and advise delegations and stakeholders in the negotiations on the Global Plastics Treaty, including on site during the last INC meetings.
  • In addition, they support the development of national implementation measures, design and implement capacity building and development and moderate HAC events, online seminars or workshops.

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