Global Environment Centre Foundation(GEC)

UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems - Reducing Ocean Plastic Waste - 22 May 2019, Osaka, Japan

8 May 2019

Organizer: United Nations Environment Programme
Co-organizers: Osaka City and Global Environment Foundation Centre
Supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Cooperated by Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau, Osaka Water and Environment Solutions Association


The UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste aims at sharing information of the current status of plastic waste issues and expertise on good practices to manage plastic waste in an environmentally sound way. The symposium will produce a message to G20 Osaka Summit (28-29 June 2019) and promote environmentally sound management of plastic wastes. English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided. The symposium will be organized at the side lines of the IETC Global Dialogue with the Private Sector on Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste Management, which will take place on 21–23 May 2019 in Osaka, Japan.


Hilton Osaka (Room: Kin no ma, 4th floor)
1-8-8 Kita-ku, Osaka

Event Schedule

9:00-12:00 “UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems”
13:30-17:00 “Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste management: A global Dialogue with Private Sector”

Language (Japanese and English)

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Participation (maximin 200 persons)

Please send E-mail with your name, E-mail address and occupation by 20 May 2019.
E-mail to :


“UNEP Symposium on Plastic Waste Problems”
Welcome to Single-Plastic Free Symposium by Hilton Osaka
Grand Opening
09:00-09:40Live Performance: Ms. Yuuna Okanishi, Calligrapher/Artist
Opening Remarks: Mr. Seigo Tanaka, Vice Mayor of Osaka
Keynote Speech: H.E. Mr. Yasuo Takahashi, Vice Minister of the Environment
Part 1: Challenges and Solutions on Plastic Waste Management
09:40-10:50Keynote Speech: Former Minister of Environment, Egypt
Panel Discussion on Solutions for Plastic Waste Management
Facilitator: Mr. Shunichi Honda, UNEP IETC
•Osaka City
•Kitakyushu City
•Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd.
•Showa Denko K.K.
Part 2: Time to Act Reducing Ocean Plastic
11:10-11:50Panel Discussion to Create Message to G20 Osaka Summit:
Facilitator: Mr. Keith Alverson, Director, UNEP IETC
•Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
•Ms. Ligia Noronha, Director, Economy Division, United Nations Environment Programme
•Mr. Shinichi Sakai, Professor, Kyoto University
11:50-12:00Ceremony on Message to G20 Osaka Summit
•Message, UNEP to Government of Japan
•Message, Ministry of Foreign Affairs as G20 Osaka Summit President Country
Photo Session
12:00Story 4: Mr. Shunichi Honda, UNEP IETC
End of symposium
12:00-13:30Lunch break


“Technology Solutions for Holistic Waste management: A global Dialogue with Private Sector”
13:15-14:30Session A: Holistic waste management
14:40-15:40Session B: E-waste and Hazardous Waste
15:50-16:50Session C: Waste to Energy
16:50-17:00Closing session

For additional information, please visit the website of UNEP IETC.


Akiko Doi (Ms.)
Secretariat of UNEP Symposium
Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)
Tel: 06-6915-4126