The finale of SEA of Solutions 2019 was the Forum for plastic pollution solutions
The culmination of a week filled with energy, action and debate was the Forum on plastic pollution solutions. Today saw national government representatives, CEOs, youth and community leaders brought together for four discussion sessions covering key aspects of the plastic pollution conundrum: Trade in plastic waste, packaging and finance. We ended with a series of inspiring pledges, launching us on to further collaboration and action, towards less plastic wasted.
“I look forward to plastic pollution prevention commitments, in which accountability is embedded, so that actions can lead to transformation.”
Dechen Tsering, Regional Director, UN Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
“Here in this region, a strong foundation for accelerating action on marine plastic pollution prevention has been built.”
H.E. Helen Ågren, Ambassador for the Ocean, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
“The concept of 3 R's might not be enough any longer. We need 4 R's - rethink, reduce, reuse and recycling.”
H.E. Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Kingdom of Thailand
“Inspiring stories of changing societies and paradigm shifts show us what can be possible. We have the capacity to turn plastic pollution into plastic solutions.”
Lillygol Sedaghat, Spokesperson for Global Planet or Plastic Campaign, National Geographic
“The illegal trade in plastic waste has always existed, but there has been an important shift recently with increased regulation in some key import countries. Enforcement brings valuable protection in trade processes, but solutions won't be found through enforcement alone.”
Benedicte Niel, Principal Agent, Global Pollution Enforcement Team, Environmental Security Programme, INTERPOL
“When policies are stricter, the plastic waste trade will inevitably shift. What's needed is regional and global cooperation on illegal trade in plastic waste policies, so that the waste won’t just shift to the next country when regulations are implemented in one country.”
Huib van Westen, Coordinator, Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste
“We seek cooperation with the exporting countries, so as to avoid eventual repatriation of waste. We are eradicating international pollutants of our land and marine environments."
Zuraini Ahmad Tajuddin, Senior Principal Assistant Director, Department of Environment, Selangor, Malaysia
“Prior Informed Consent means that one operator in country 'A' needs to obtain an agreement with the importing country 'B', which certifies that the waste will be managed in a way which is environmentally sound."
Carlos Martin-Novella, Deputy Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions
“We’ve got a fundamental flaw in our language; we’re calling it plastic waste. Every time we call it plastic waste, we don’t give it value. To change behaviour, we need to change the perceived value of materials. I call it resources; plastic resources”
Louise Hardman, Founder & CEO, Plastic Collective
“We seek collaboration and consensus about the plastic materials which must be banned from entering our region. We need a proactive and global approach to combating plastic pollution in Thailand."
Naporn Popattanachai, Director, Centre of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Thammasat University
“It is critical to reduce the amount of plastic entering the system, before we can tackle this challenge through increased recycling."
Laksmi Dhewanthi, UNEA Vice President, Senior Advisor to the Minister on Industry and International Trade, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
“We must connect the dots between communities and businesses - from one family to a small community to bigger networks and whole waste management infrastructure."
Paradorn Chulajata, Managing Director, Pre Pack Thailand and Chairman, Plastic Industry Club, The Federation of Thai Industries
“Transformational change is needed to foster solutions. Any trend would go against our efforts in the use of plastic if it’s encouraging business as usual.”
Sooksiri Chamsuk, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
"E-commerce and digitalization can reduce plastic products and operationalize a volume-based waste management and collection system."
Mark Fletcher, Head of Insights, Power Retail & Principal, Shop Science
“Education, but more importantly regulation, will have a lasting impact in combatting marine litter.”
Giuseppe Busini, Deputy Head of Mission, European Union Delegation to Thailand
"Indorama Ventures thinks that plastic pollution is a “civil duty” rather than corporate responsibility alone."
Richard Jones, Senior Vice President, Indorama Ventures
"To businesses producing plastics, and those benefitting from recycling plastics - wastepickers are seeking livelihood support and social security. They should not be left behind."
Nalini Shekar, Co-founder, Hasiru Dala Innovations, Bangalore
"PETCO financially supports the wastepickers with tools of trade, leading to 68% recycling of PET bottles. We believe that if you want to go quick, you go alone, if you want to go far, you go together."
Casper Durandt, Chairman, PETCO
"It is important to provide not just money, but stewardship – in terms of time, talent and treasure."
Stephen Sikra, Senior Advisor, Alliance to End Plastic Waste
"Financial capacity building for environmental non-profits would greatly increase chances of investment. Investers are also seeking viable opportunities to invest sustainably and in a way that is environmentally sound."
Sharinee Shannon Kalayanamitr, Venture Partner, Gobi Partners
"Addressing plastic pollution is about putting the right price to the market and policy reform."
Christophe Crepin, Practice Manager for East Asia and Pacific Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy, World Bank
"The Government of Japan is determined to lead the G20 “Osaka Blue Ocean Vision” - aiming to reduce additional pollution by marine plastic litter to zero by 2050."
Tokuaki Shobayashi, Deputy Director General, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of Environment Japan (MOEJ)
"Indonesia will develop a Regional Capacity Center for Clean Seas (RC3S) in Bali, Indonesia, which will support all stakeholders at regional, national and sub-national levels."
Amb. Makarim Wibisono, Senior Advisor for Minister of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia
"Mae Fah Luang University pledges to transform our campus into a living lab for circular economy. We aim to achieve 80% landfill diversion in the next three years."
Chayaporn Wattanasiri, President, Mae Fah Luang University
“We recognise that climate change and plastic waste are serious issues, thus an integrated approach will be taken to solve those issues in the value chain.”
Yoshikazu Uehara, Managing Director, Mitsui Chemicals Singapore R&D Centre
"Hasiru Dala Innovations pledge to continue working with the waste pickers network, supporting their livelihoods and incomes, and contributing to the sustainable processing of waste."
Nalini Shekar, Co-founder, Hasiru Dala Innovations, Bangalore
“Sri Lanka is committed to encouraging more partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaborations, to promote a more circular economy.”
H.E. Samantha K. Jayasuriya, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Thailand
"Indorama will invest USD 1.5 billion towards our target of producing at least 750,000 tonnes of recycled PET per annum by 2025."
Aloke Lohia, Founder and Group CEO, Indorama Ventures Limited
"Coca-Cola pledges to immediately switch from green to clear PET plastic bottles for Sprite™ throughout South-East Asia in 2020, to make these bottles easier to recycle."
Belinda Ford, ASEAN Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability, Coca-Cola ASEAN
"We pledge to educate youth to achieve our goals for a Clean Seas Pilipinas, focusing on proper waste management, recovery, and recycling."
Antoinette Taus, Founder, Communities Organized for Resource Allocation (CORA)
"Grin Green International pledge to work towards the eradication of single use plastic in Asia through student-led advocacy, awareness-raising, eco-merchandise and education. Kids have the power to change the world."
Ennio Lamari, CEO, Grin Green International
"I am the voice of billions of youth worldwide, who will inherit this world you leave behind. Together we must seek solutions to achieve a sustainable and circular economy by 2030."
Louise Mabulo, UN Young Champion of the Earth 2019