This is the second meeting of the group that is taking place in the United Nations Office at Geneva from 3-8 December 2018. The Republic of Togo and WELFARE TOGO are represented in the meeting.
The main discussions are around 2 main issues:
- Information and Monitoring
Delegates are exploring the information gaps, needed information tools, etc.
- Governance architecture
Delegates are exploring which governance structure will deliver desired results.
There are 3 options on the table:
(a) Strengthening existing international treaties and non-binding instruments;
(b) Voluntary initiatives;
(c) Developing a legally binding architecture
The outcome of these consultations will guide the work of the expert group as the international community moves towards UNEA 4 that will be held mid 2019 in Nairobi Kenya.
The United Nations General Assembly in its 3rd meeting (UNEA 3) decided to establish an expert group to work on the problem and assist in finding solution. This Ad Hoc Open Ended Expert Group was established in response to a resolution UNEP/EA.3/Res.7 Marine Litter and Microplastics.
The first meeting of the group was held in United Nations, Nairobi, Kenya from 29 to 31 May 2018. It was attended by 266 participants, representing 72 member States, 9 intergovernmental organizations and 28 observers representing major groups and stakeholders accredited to the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Find the full report here : Report-from-genevaMarineLitterandMicroplastic