The first annual Sea of Solutions Week will take place on November 11-15, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand. The week-long event is being convened by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) to address plastic pollution. A key message for the event is that “tackling plastic marine litter requires a multi-stakeholder value chain approach to prevent land-based plastic pollution at source by reducing single-use plastic and hard to recycle products, ensuring less plastic is wasted, and increasing reuse and recycling of plastic.” The event involves five themed days focusing on i) the advancement of scientific evidence, data, and research and development, ii) demonstrating new market opportunities for product innovation via the Plasticity forum, iii) solutions for waste management and value-recovery to engage local communities, iv) a high-level forum to coordinate action along the value chain, and v) a day of workshops for project partners and the steering committee.

The event invites all stakeholders from around the world to join, and it is set to take place annually within different countries across South East Asia “with the ambition to become the go-to exchange platform that unites solution seekers and providers in this increasingly crowded space.” Further information including a program of the week’s events are available online. A separate event page and registration process exists for the Plasticity forum taking place on November 12, 2019.

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United Nations Environment Programme (2019). “SEA of Solutions Week.”

Plasticity (2019). “Plasticity Bangkok.”