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EVENT: Global Tourism Plastics Initiative industry launch

The One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme is announcing the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative to articulate, support and scale-up action and build a global alliance to fight plastic pollution.

LOCATION: IFEMA-FITUR NEXT (Hall 4, Stand 4G24), Nº 5 Avenida del Partenón, 28042 Madrid, Spain  

The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative aims to articulate, support and scale-up action by tourism stakeholders and is building a global alliance to fight plastic pollution. As part of the activities of the One Planet Sustainable Tourism Programme, the Initiative is led by UN Environment and UNWTO in collaboration with Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Recognising the global importance of the tourism sector and its role as an agent of change, the Initiative will support partner organizations in making better use of plastics in their operations and reducing plastic waste. In particular, action towards 2025 is being structured through the development of a menu of commitments for private sector, destinations and associations to define concrete roadmaps for implementation by 2025.

During the launch, the operational structure of the Initiative will be presented and key stakeholders will explain the co-creation process of the menu of commitments. Leading businesses, destinations and associations will share their inspiring actions and engagement with the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative.

Opening remarks

  • Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
  • Mr. Najib Balala, Minister of Tourism and Wildlife of Kenya
  • Ms. Ligia Noronha, Director, Economy Division, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – video

Statements from the One Planet Lead and Co-leads

  • Dr. Dirk Glaesser, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism Department, UNWTO
  • Ms. Anne Pluvinage-Nierengarten, Chief of Global Affairs, Ministry of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
  • Mr. Ignacio Angulo Ranz, Deputy Director, Tourism Development and Sustainability, Secretariat of State for Tourism, Spain

Panel discussion

Moderator: Mr. Gerald Naber, Manager, New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Panelists:

  • Ms. Megan Morikawa, Global Sustainability Director, Iberostar
  • Mr. Arnaud Herrmann, Vice President of Sustainability, Accor
  • Mr. Matt Crane, CEO of Monty’s Bakehouse and Member of the Airlines Sustainability Forum
  • Mr. Jeremy Sampson, CEO, The Travel Foundation (tbc)

Register for the event here.


Published on January 16, 2020

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Event start date
04:00 pm
Event end date
05:30 pm

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