Viet Nam NPAP readies for launch, highlights from the Sustainable Development Impact Summit and more
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- ICYMI: GPAP has just released its very first annual impact report. Two years ago, government leaders tasked the World Economic Forum with building a unique collaboration platform that could effectively mobilize a coordinated and accelerated international response to the plastic pollution crisis. In this report, we reflect on the early successes and valuable learnings that have emerged from our work globally and nationally, and call on public, private and civil society leaders around the world to join us in this effort.
- Watch the replay – a global dialogue on fast-tracking plastic pollution progress: At the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit, we held a flagship virtual meeting on how the global plastic action community can continue to accelerate progress in four key areas as they relate to plastics: behavior change, trade policy, innovative business models, and gender. We were pleased to welcome Minister Frimpong-Boateng of Ghana and Minister Tran Hong Ha of Viet Nam to deliver opening and closing remarks, respectively. Watch the public portion of the broadcast.
- All systems go for Viet Nam NPAP launch: The Government of Viet Nam has formally approved the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s plan to launch the Viet Nam National Plastic Action Partnership in collaboration with GPAP and WWF-Viet Nam. The launch is planned for late October or early November; we will provide an update on the exact date soon.
- GPAP and NPAP in the media: The Guardian printed our call to action to support informal sector waste pickers. An op-ed highlighting the Indonesia NPAP’s work ran in Eco-Business, while a piece reflecting on GPAP’s learnings over the past two years appeared in The Jakarta Post. New affiliate member Indorama Ventures shared insights on trends in sustainable packaging on the Forum’s Agenda platform. Members of the GPAP and Ghana NPAP expert advisory committees were highlighted in a Forum roundup of innovators who are changing the game on plastic pollution action.
- GPAP welcomes four new affiliate members: We’re delighted to introduce DEME Group, Indorama Ventures, Jacobs and Unilever as the four newest members of the global GPAP community, joining fellow affiliate members Gemini Corp, Morgan Stanley, SAP and Suntory Holdings, as well as our founding members.
What happened at SDIS20?
The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Sustainable Development Impact Summit was an unprecedented undertaking for every one of us. A weeklong conference that traditionally took place in New York City every September alongside the United Nations General Assembly meetings, the fully virtual format of the 2020 Summit prompted us to fundamentally reshape the way we planned our sessions, engaged our speakers and participants, and created meaningful and inclusive conversations and partnerships that transcended geographic limitations.
GPAP was created two years ago at the 2018 Sustainable Development Impact Summit by the World Economic Forum in partnership with public, private and civil society leaders who saw the clear imperative for accelerating not only commitments but action to address the plastic pollution crisis. In two short years, we have created three locally-led, locally-driven national partnerships with Indonesia, Ghana, and Viet Nam, and we are amassing our learnings and early successes to replicate these efforts in other countries and regions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the pressure and challenges of plastic pollution in unprecedented ways. The humanitarian and environmental crises that have arisen or increased as a result of the pandemic will require significant time, resources and concerted efforts to address. At SDIS20, we called on our global community – public, private, and civil society partners – to boldly step forward and propel environmental protection, communities’ livelihoods, and plastic pollution action to the top of the recovery agenda.
Readout from the GPAP multilateral session with Ministers
GPAP and the Forum convened a closed-door multilateral meeting with Environment Ministers from several potential partner nations, kickstarting the conversation to begin national-level engagement in these countries. Ambassador Cameron MacKay, Canadian ambassador to Indonesia, joined the session to provide a strong testimonial on how GPAP has partnered with Indonesian stakeholders to create an impact-driven national platform.
Canada is pleased with the concrete achievements of Indonesia’s National Plastic Action Partnership, particularly its ground-breaking baseline, ambitious roadmap, and committed partners. We look forward to continue working together with the NPAP and GPAP to identify investible opportunities and to advance the goals of the Ocean Plastics Charter toward a sustainable and prosperous future free of plastic pollution.
— Ambassador Cameron MacKay, Canada
Readout from the GPAP public session on fast-tracking progress
In collaboration with Consumers Beyond Disposability and the Trade and Economic Interdependence teams at the Forum, we delivered a flagship session on fast-tracking plastic action progress in spite of the challenges of COVID-19. Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation for Ghana, delivered a keynote address on the commitments and progress Ghana has made towards implementing a sustainable plastics management policy and transitioning to a circular economy for plastics.
The session split into four breakout groups, surfacing commitments and calls to action across the following thematic areas:
- Partnerships for behaviour change – led by Carlos Manuel Rodriguez Echandi, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility
- Policy creation and action through trade – led by Malek Sukkar, CEO, Averda
- Zero-waste business model innovation – led by Beth Bovis, Partner, Kearney
- Gender-inclusive solutions to tackle plastic waste – led by Jenna Jambeck, Professor, University of Georgia
The discussions highlighted this period as a unique opportunity to “reinvent normal” as we emerge into a post-COVID world, where partnerships will be instrumental in galvanizing behavior change both upstream and downstream. Participants stressed an urgent need to accelerate waste prevention solutions, promote a reuse culture and strengthen a sprawling innovation ecosystem for reusable packaging models. They also urged the development of solutions through a lens of inclusivity, particularly as COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women working in waste collection within the informal sector. There were calls for greater diversity in convening stakeholders in decision-making processes. Finally, participants raised that trade can contribute to action on plastic pollution by bringing scale and efficiency for recycling initiatives, yet there is also a need to build up local collection and processing capacity.
Summaries from each breakout discussion can be found in the TopLink library of the session.
Readout from the SAP affiliate session on supporting waste pickers
At an affiliate SDIS session hosted by partner SAP, GPAP helped rally key members of the Ghana NPAP Steering Board – representing the Government of Ghana, Dow, Coca-Cola and local innovation community – to deliver strong cross-sector support for SAP’s announcement of a digital solution to aid 2,000+ waste pickers in Ghana to fast-track their journey to formalization, which has promising potential to eventually scale to other countries. Watch the replay of the session.
Ghana understands the challenges of plastic pollution on health, well-being and the economy. We see first-hand the disastrous impacts of plastic pollution on our marine resources, agriculture and traditional ways of life. However, Ghana also knows the promise of comprehensive plastics management as a vehicle for sustainable development. We are using the power of partnership to transform commitment into action.
— Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana
Events on the Horizon
18 November | Virtual Conference Side Event
Promoting Ghana’s circular plastics economy
TBC | Virtual Knowledge Exchange
Country Spotlight: Indonesia
Hosted by the Indonesia NPAP
TBC | Virtual Meeting
Launch of the Indonesia Financing Roadmap
Hosted by the Indonesia NPAP and the Financing Task Force
TBC | Virtual Knowledge Exchange
Spotlight: Plastic Pollution and Gender
Hosted by GPAP
TBC | Virtual Workshop
Informal sector workers in Viet Nam
Co-hosted by UNDP Viet Nam, Expertise France and the Viet Nam NPAP
TBC | Virtual Conference
Viet Nam National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) launch
Co-hosted by GPAP and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
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