Programme

11-14 November 2019

Week at a Glance:  SEA of Solutions 2019: Partnership week for marine plastic pollution prevention

Day 1

Monday 11 November 2019

Day 2

Tuesday 12 November 2019

Day 3

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Day 4

Thursday 14 November

SEA of Solutions Forum

on plastic pollution solutions

Registration

Morning

Opening plenary:

What does the latest science tell us?

08:30-10:30

@SEA of Solutions 2019

Plastic circularity today:

The macro, micro and continuing disruption

Opening plenary:

Localizing multi-stakeholder coordinated actions for fighting plastic pollution

Welcome

Parallel sessions

State of the science: How does scientific research support action to combat marine plastics in South East Asia

Gender and social dimensions of marine litter pollution

Opening plenary:

Take it back! Bring it back!:

Solutions for the illegal trade in plastic waste

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Transboundary movement of plastic waste  

Pioneering our future:  Innovation takes inspiration and perspiration

Leading at the local level:

Youth and community solutions

I want to live forever:  

Solutions to close the loop for packaging, recycling and e-commerce

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

LUNCH

Afternoon

Parallel sessions

Making circular the default:  Embedding circularity for a circular economy

Valuing waste:  Business solutions

Money money money!:

Solutions to address plastic pollution through finance for innovation and technology

Towards better data: Monitoring, assessment and related technologies

Governance frameworks to manage marine plastics

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

Coffee break

Chemicals and plastics

The numbers game:

Money makes the world go round and the circle circular

Localizing transformation:

National and local government solutions

Voices for solutions to the plastic pollution conundrum

END OF DAY 1

END OF DAY 2

END OF DAY 3

END OF DAY 4

Plasticity networking drinks

Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards

Partnership cocktails

Registration

07:00 – 08:45

Opening plenary – What does the latest science tell us?

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome to SEA of Solutions 2019

Setting the stage for the SEA of Solutions, this opening plenary will consider how far the science has taken us – what do we know and what have we achieved? – as well as what we still need the science to tell us in order to successfully tackle marine plastic pollution.

MC

Keynote:

Parallel session 1 – State of the science: How does scientific research support action to combat marine plastics in South East Asia?

09:30 – 10:30

Presentations, follow-up discussions and Q&A in this session will explore the current state of scientific knowledge on marine plastic litter in the region, including the extent to which current research addresses the priorities or areas of focus of marine litter policy frameworks, initiatives and programmes driven by governments, industry and civil society. Based on this, the session will seek to identify key gaps in research.

Host and session lead:

  • National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for International Law (CIL)

Moderator:

Discussants:

Parallel session 2 – Gender and social dimensions of marine litter pollution

09:30 – 10:30

This session will provide insights on the gender and human rights dimensions of marine plastic litter, and how consideration of this can contribute to fair, equitable and ethically sound action and sustainable outcomes in the longer term.

Moderator:

Discussants:

Coffee break

10:30 – 11:00

Plenary session – Transboundary movement of plastic waste

11:00 – 12:30

This session will discuss the plastics waste trade, including the flow of plastic waste into and within the region. Discussants will consider approaches (including technological and policy-led) towards better management of waste trade, as well as enhanced enforcement, research and other aspects to effectively tackle the illegal waste trade.

Moderator:

Discussants:

 Lunch

12:30-13:30

Parallel session 4 – Governance frameworks to manage marine plastics

13:30 – 15:00

This session will discuss existing initiatives, challenges and possible paths forward to manage marine plastics, from the perspective of a state, the civil society, and research on the circular economy, in the context of South East Asia.

Host and session lead:

  • National University of Singapore (NUS), Centre for International Law (CIL)

Moderator:

Discussants:

Coffee break

15:00 – 15:30

Plenary session – Chemicals and plastic

15:30 – 16:45

This session will explore issues around the toxic or potentially toxic properties of plastics including chemical additives in plastics, as well as chemicals adsorbed to plastics in the marine environment. Discussants will also consider the implications and existent/proposed solutions from different perspectives of the plastic lifecycle, including design, recycling, waste-water treatment and policies interventions.

Moderator:

Discussants:

End of Day 1

Registration

08.00 – 08:30

Opening session – Plastic circularity today: The macro, micro and continuing disruption

08:30 – 10:20

In a world reliant on global trade, plastic waste has become toxic. The heady mix of plastic waste, global damage, and national interest put an end to the Wild West recycling trade: China’s National Sword and the Basel Amendments sealed that door. 

Where to from here? How do we manage the macro and micro economics of global trade and achieve circular economy? What does the New Order mean? And what are the business take-outs? 

Five TED Talk-style Keynote speakers will be followed by a facilitated panel.

MC:

Moderator:

Discussants:

Presentations:

Doug Woodring, Founder, Plasticity and Ocean Recovery Alliance

Steve Wong, MD, Fukutomi LTD  / Chair Chila Plastics Association

Sumangali Krishnan, Chief Business Officer, GA Circular

Belinda Ford, Publis Affairs, Comms and Sustainability Director, Coco-Cola ASEAN

Oscar Wang, Deputy Director, IQTC

Coffee break

10:15 – 10:40

Pioneering our future: Innovation takes inspiration and perspiration

10:40 – 13.00

With great challenges come business opportunities. These opportunities can only be captured through innovation. Whether through intrapreneurship or entrepreneurship, people are driving change. 

 

This session introduces several passionate plastic circular economy innovators, exploring their ideas and business models – and asking what is needed for success? (including attracting investment).

 

Meet the Innovators: A keynote brand and four TED Talk-style speakers, four pitches, and a facilitated panel.

Discussants:

Plasticity Prize

  • The PLASTICITY PRIZE – Four Entrepreneurs | Four Pitches | Five minutes to impress. And YOU decide who wins!

 Lunch

13.00-13:45

Making circular the default: Embedding circularity for a circular economy

13:45 – 15:45

How can businesses influence or create circularity? Using case studies, this session explores the business case, the challenges and benefits of building a product-based circular economy; how individuals can influence cultural and actual change from within; balancing marketing and sustainability for brand reputation; and approaches to regulation that deliver quadruple bottom line.

 

Four TED Talk-style keynote speakers and one interactive session on global trade.

Moderator:

Discussants:

Coffee break

15:45- 16.10

Final session – The numbers game: Money makes the world go round and the circle circular

16:10 – 17:15

But first, an announcement: today’s PLASTICITY PRIZE WINNER – as voted by you!

Plastic pollution is an economic problem. In this session we examine the role of investment, market levers, business practice and need. In a world dominated by share markets and 10x returns, how do we build a framework that supports revolutionary innovation, de-risks high risk and gets investment where it is needed?  
This session has two panels that work like a mini debate. It’s called the Circulate Sessions. 

The Circulate Sessions

1. Financing circularity (or ‘show me the money’…) 
2. Circularity in plastics: Finance meets business

 

The open forum

17:15- 17:45

A mix of Q&A, thoughts and take-outs, with questions from the floor for the speakers of the day – and comments and observations from participants. 

The final insights will come from Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida. Regional Coordinator for Chemicals,Waste and Air Quality, Asia and Pacific Office, UNEP, about the challenges, the inspiration and the learnings they will take into tomorrow’s SEA of Solutions – and critically, all of the days beyond.

Moderators:

Day close and networking open

17:45 – 19.00

At the close of Plasticity – and ahead of Day 3 for Sea of Solutions – we continue the discussions over a well-earned drink and a bite to eat. It is a great opportunity to network, and – who knows? Maybe you’ll spark the conversation that will ignite a world-changing initiative.

End of Day 2

Registration

08:00 – 08:45

Opening Plenary – Localizing multi-stakeholder coordinated actions for fighting plastic pollution

09:00 – 10:15

The session will demonstrate coordinated policies, technologies, research and innovation, business practices, and behavioural change actions and initiatives from national and local government, businesses, communities and youth – promoting local solutions to plastic pollution.

Day 3 MC:

Moderator:

Keynotes:

Coffee break

10:15 – 10.45

Plenary session – Leading at the local level: Youth and community solutions

10.45 – 12:15

This session will focus on community-based awareness-raising efforts, advocacy, innovations, and the application of science and grass-root knowledge. The session will seek solutions through the actions of communities – particularly youth – and show how these play an essential role in circular economy approaches for plastic waste management.

Moderator:

Discussants:

 Lunch

12:15 – 13:15

Plenary Session – Valuing waste: Business solutions

13:15 – 14:45

This session will look at two streams to find value in waste: (1) Recovering and utilizing material and energy value to reduce waste – including opportunities for public-private collaboration, and; (2) Managing waste through focusing on resource efficiency and developing alternatives to conventional waste management systems.

Moderator:

Discussants:

Coffee break

14.45-15.15

Plenary session – Localizing transformation: National and local government solutions

15:15 – 16:45

Discussion in this session will focus on national and municipal authorities which are championing change and demonstrating policy innovations to tackle plastic waste. Discussants will consider how the private sector and civil society can work together with national and local governemnt to localize plastic pollution solutions.

Moderator:

Discussants:

Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards 2019

17.15 – 20:00

The Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards publicly recognize and celebrate excellence in enforcement by government officials and institutions or teams combating transboundary environmental crime. The Awards are given to individuals or teams that demonstrate excellence and leadership in enforcement of national laws to combat transboundary environmental crim

End of Day 3

Registration

08:00 – 09.00

Coffee break

10:00-10:30

Opening plenary – Take it Back! Bring it back!: Solutions for illegal trade in plastic waste

10:30-11:45

This session will consider the multi-pronged initiatives being undertaken by both source and recipient countries, national and international frameworks to clean up the plastic waste trade. Policies such as the Basel Convention will be discussed, as well as the role of enforcement agencies in addressing the challenges brought by the illegal trade in plastic waste.

Moderator:

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 Lunch

11.45 – 13.00

Plenary Session – I want to live forever: Solutions to close the loop for packaging, recycling and e-commerce

13.00 – 14.15

This session will consider how businesses in the South East Asian region are beginning to respond to the immense challenge of packaging waste by setting their own targets on recycling rates and recycled plastic usage. It will review how governments are implementing policies to eliminate selected plastic items. Other actions to help close the loop include: Design for recyclability for second life / material recycling, material bans / restrictions, policies on alternative packaging, source segregation and separated collection and extended producer responsibility (EPR).

Moderator:

Discussants:

Coffee break

15:30-16.00

Plenary session – Voices for solutions to the plastic pollution conundrum

16.00 – 16:45

This session will raise collective regional voices for solutions to the plastic pollution conundrum.

 

Following a multimedia presentation, the ‘fireside-chat’ style session will feature messages of urgency, pledges, announcements and commitments from various perspectives – of national and local governments, research and academia, private sector, community groups, youth and media.

 

The aim is to focus on ways forward and collective actions, examplifying a partnership approach for marine plastic pollution prevention in South East Asia.

Moderator:

Discussants:

Closing Summary – SEA of Solutions 2019: Outcome, roadmap and action plan on marine litter and pollution prevention

16:45 – 16:50

Moderator:

Partnership cocktails

17:00-19:00

End of Day 4

Session Highlights

Take it Back! Bring it back!: Solutions for illegal trade in plastic waste

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I want to live forever: Solutions to close the loop for packaging, recycling and e-commerce

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Money money money!: Solutions to address plastic pollution through finance for innovation and technology

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Voices for solutions to the plastic pollution conundrum

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