19 Jan 2022
The UNEP-IETC (United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre) and the Global Environment Centre (GEC) successfully organized the "UNEP Global Dialogue - Sustainable Waste Management towards a Pollution-Free Planet" from 7 to 9 December 2021.
UNEP-IETC organizes the UNEP Global Dialogue every two years, and the theme for this time was "Sustainable Waste Management towards a Pollution-Free Planet". A Multifaceted and lively discussions were held on the importance of environmentally appropriate waste management and sustainability, as well as waste management in a future sustainable society that should be beyond the SDGs. The results of the dialogues and a series of session are as follows.
|Opening talks||Mr. Shunichi Honda, Programme Officer, UNEP-IETC|
Mr. Daimaou Kosaka、Comedian and Producer of PIKOTARO
|Opening remarks||Mr. Kevin Helps, Head, GEF Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division UNEP|
|Opening remarks||Mr. Yutaka Shoda, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan|
|Opening remarks||Mr. Yoshihiro Kitamura, Deputy Director-General, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan|
|Round table dialogue on sustainability|
After the opening session, a video of “Gender and Waste Nexus” (in Bhutanese, Mongolian, Nepalese and Japanese local language versions of the gender video series) was launched and released.
7th December - Osaka Special Event – International Workshop on plastic waste reduction- Towards realization of the “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision”
|Opening Remarks||Mr. Horii Hisashi, Director General for Energy Policy, Environment Bureau, Osaka City|
|Keynote||Ms. Brenda Koekkoek, Programme Manager, Circle of Excellence on Plastic Pollution, UNEP|
|Presentation and Panel Discussion– actions, challenges, and opportunities of mutual learning|
"Action plan for Osaka Blue Ocean Vision"
|Ms. Akiko Hiraoka, Manager for International Cooperation, Osaka City|
"A comprehensive look at Toray sustainability initiatives"
|Mr. Hajime Furuuchi , Manager, Industrial Materials Sect. Staple Fibers Dept. Toray Industries, Inc.|
"Lesson from the Community based project for to take action to reduce avoidable single use plastic"
|Ms. Atsuko Hanashima, Associate Professor, Osaka Sangyo University|
"Tackling the Plastic Challenge in Greater Manchester"
|Ms. María González|
Principal International Relations, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, UK
|Panel Discussion– actions, challenges, and opportunities of mutual learning|
|Summary, next steps by UNEP-IETC||Mr. Shunichi Honda, UNEP-IETC|
|Closing remarks by Osaka City||Ms. Yuko Ihara, Director for Environmental Policy, Environment Bureau, Osaka City|
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
|Ms. Tomoe Kotani, Deputy Manager, Global Environment Division, International Cooperation Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan|
"Long-term prognosis of COVID-19"
|Mr. Edward Holmes, Professor, The University of Sydney|
"Pandemics in the context of climate change, biodiversity loss, urbanization"
|Ms.Tharanga Thoradeniya, Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo|
Mr. Saroj Jayasinghe, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Colombo
"andemics and the rise of plastic waste"
|Ms. Neha Parashar, Doctoral research student, Indian Institute of Technology Patna|
|Panel Discussion (w/ Q&A)||Mr. Mushtaq Memon, Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency and SWITCH-Asia RPAC Project Manager|
UNEP, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP ROAP)
"Preparing for the future: waste management as part of health systems strengthening"
|Ms. Megha Rathi, Technical Officer, Environment Safeguards|
World Health Organization (WHO)
"Case study of healthcare waste management: Nepal"
|Ms. Miho Hayashi, Programme Manager, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES CCET)|
"UNEP Compendium, fact sheets and other resources for current and future pandemics"
|Mr. Jorge Emmanuel, Adjunct Professor, Silliman University|
|Discussion||Ms. Misato Dilley, UNEP-IETC|
|Closing Remarks||Mr. Kevin Helps, Head, GEF Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division UNEP|
9th December - Session 3 Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (E-waste) and Closing Session
|Introduction/opening remarks||Mr. Daniel Ternald, UNEP IETC|
"Case studies in e-waste management from India"
|Ms. Deepali Sinha, Managing Director|
"DOWA’s Environmentally Sound Management of E-waste"
|Mr. Tetsuya Yumoto, Deputy General Manager, International Business Development Dept.|
DOWA Eco-System Co., Ltd.
"Emerging economies: Incentivizing problematic e-waste fractions"
|Mr. Jakob Lennartsson, Director, Towards Zero Waste|
|Closing remarks of Global Dialogue||Mr. Kevin Helps, Head, GEF Unit, Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division, UNEP|