The database’s life cycle approach captures the extraordinary scale, breadth and complexity of trade flows. In addition, the database covers important trade flows commonly neglected in estimates of plastics trade.
Speakers at the event introduced the database and provide a sample of key findings, highlighting how the database can support efforts by governments, the private sector and civil society to promote more sustainable trade in plastics and develop policies and regulations to reduce plastic pollution. The event will included a brief tutorial on how policymakers and researchers can access and use the database.
The database will be freely available to the public on the UNCTAD statistics database. The database is a product of a two-year research project on the global political economy and regulation of plastic production and pollution, co-hosted by the Graduate Institute’s Global Governance Centre and UNCTAD, funded by the Swiss Network of International Studies (SNIS).