TESS continues to participate actively in meetings of the IDP at the WTO. To support the work of the three work streams launched by the IDP in early 2022 and ahead of the IDP Plenary meeting held on 24 May 2022, TESS hosted an informal dialogue among IDP stakeholders in March and convened two informal dialogues with IDP stakeholders in May. These dialogues have enabled informal exchanges and updates among stakeholders and with government officials that play key roles in advancing the IDP’s work.
In April 2022, TESS also co-hosted a half-day event, attended by over 500 people either online or in person, on Next steps for the plastic pollution treaty: Vision and priorities for commitments and action. A video of the event, which was part of the Geneva Environment Network’s Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues, is available and many presentations are on the TESS site.
Looking ahead, in June 2022, TESS Director Carolyn Deere Birkbeck will moderate a side event, co-hosted by Rwanda, the European Commission, and the Environment Investigation Agency, titled Ending plastic pollution: The role of Basel in supporting the new legally binding instrument at the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm conventions’ triple Conference of the Parties.
TESS will also be contributing to a session on Upscaling and redirecting finance, incentives and trade at the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues as part of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) established to lay the groundwork for the intergovernmental negotiating committee on plastic pollution. TESS was also proud to co-host a briefing on the OEWG in May as part of the Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues.
Finally, we leave you with a graph taken from the TESS policy brief on Aid for trade priorities on plastic pollution that illustrates a process for advancing cooperation on aid for trade priorities in the IDP.