The speakers

Toward a New International Treaty on Plastic Pollution

In March, 175 countries around the world unanimously agreed to begin negotiations on a global treaty addressing plastic pollution.

To celebrate this achievement – and to underline its importance for the planet’s future – the Norwegian Embassy cohosted “Toward a New International Treaty on Plastic Pollution” with The Ocean Foundation.

H.E. Ambassador Anniken R. Krutnes offered opening remarks, touching on the progress made toward lessening the impact of plastic pollution and the hard work that remains. Guests then watched a recorded speech from Norway’s Minister of Climate and Environment, Espen Barth Eide. The subsequent speakers were Mark J. Spalding, President of The Ocean Foundation; Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs; H.E. Gerald M. Zackios, Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United States; Stephanie Potter, Head of Sustainability Strategy at Nestlé; and Erica Nuñez, Plastics Program Officer at The Ocean Foundation.

The Embassy thanks all speakers and attendees for their commitment to this important issue.