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Tuesday , February 19 2019
High Level Dialog Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics, 14 Feb 2019, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, UNEA and Geneva Environment Network

We have participated in High Level Dialogue Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics in UN Palais des Nations, Geneva. Marine plastic litter and microplastics are serious and rapidly growing issues of global concern which require an urgent and global response, involving all relevant actors at all levels. Strengthening waste management systems has been underlined by UNEA as key in solving this issue. Norway has put forward a proposal for a draft resolution on stronger global governance, represented by H.E. Amb. Hans BRATTSKAR, Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations Office. This dialog brings together experts, Member States, UN agencies, NGOs, the private sector and academia in a common space where discussions focus on finding solutions to Combating Marine Litter and Microplastics by creating new Partnerships, Instruments and Mechanisms. It is necessary to take steps to stop the production of microplastics as it is rapidly increasing and even the very optimistic forecast of the experts shows that if we completely stop producing microplastic today we will end up with millions of tons of plastic in the ocean in the future.