The Mission of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN in collaboration with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia’s (ERIA) Regional Knowledge Centre for Marine Plastic Debris (RKC-MPD) hosted an online forum to raise awareness of the critical situation surrounding MPD in the ASEAN region and of the necessary actions to overcome this issue globally.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to ASEAN, H.E. Kwon Hee-seog, along with Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, and Permanent Representation of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to ASEAN, H.E. Nguyen Hai Bang, expressed their hope for the forum to foster positive efforts undertaken by relevant stakeholders to jointly find solutions to this global environmental concern. Event speakers, from academia, industries, governments, and international organisations, provided their views and policy recommendations to improve regional plastic pollution through effective solutions.

The Forum especially highlighted the United Nations Environment Assembly Resolution (UNEA-5.2), a ground-breaking initiative to propose an internationally legally binding agreement to manage plastic pollution by 2024. UNEA-5.2 targets the whole lifecycle of plastics starting from the production and design to disposal.

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