Side Event: How sustainable trade and waste management can support climate mitigation through addressing plastic pollution?

8 December 2023
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Trade House Pavilion
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Efforts in waste prevention, reuse, recycling, and energy recovery can accelerate GHG reduction and sustainable trade is a powerful mechanism to reshape the situation on the ground regarding the use of plastics.

Novel designs of plastic products, non-plastic material substitutes and packageless distribution methods can have a lower environmental footprint, carbon impact and offer income generation, job creation and sustainable livelihoods.

By bringing together experts from diverse horizons, the side event will showcase the importance of responsible trade in plastics, and the environmentally sound management of plastic waste, which would also tackle climate change, promote healthy oceans and protect biodiversity.



  • Mr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions


  • Mr. Aaron Chigona, Director General of Environmental Management Agency, Zimbabwe
  • Ms. Stéphanie Bouziges-Eschmann, Secretary General, Fonds Français pour l’ Environnement Mondial (FFEM)
  • Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General, Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)
  • Mr. Anis Nassar, Lead, Circular Economy Innovation, World Economic Forum (WTO)

Comments by:

  • Mr. Hoe Lim, Director, Trade and Environment Division, WTO Secretariat
  • Ms. Chantal Line Carpentier, Head Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, UNCTAD