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Busan wins bid for 「2024 UN Plastic Treaty INC-5」

2023-11-09 81  Views


□ The city of Busan has announced that it won the bid for the「2024 UN Plastic Treaty INC-5」, a UN-related large international event.

*INC: Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to end plastic pollution, including in the marine environment

□ The 「2024 UN Plastic Treaty INC-5」 is an intergovernmental negotiating organization established to form a binding international treaty on plastic pollution, including marine plastics, according to the resolution of the UNEA (UN Environment Assembly), the highest decision-making body in the environmental field under the UN.

○ The committee’s first session was held in Punta del Este, Uruguay in November of last year, with the second meeting held in Paris, France this past May. The third and fourth events are scheduled for this upcoming November in Nairobi, Kenya and early next year in Canada.

○ At the fifth and final meeting, to be held in Busan during the second half of next year, the international treaty will be completed.

Outline of UN Plastic Treaty INC sessions

ㅇ 1st(INC-1): Nov. 28 ~ Dec. 2, 2022, Punta del Este, Uruguay

ㅇ 2nd(INC-2): May 29 ~ Jun. 2, 2023, Paris, France

ㅇ 3rd (INC-3): Nov. 13 ~ 19, 2023, Nairobi, Kenya

ㅇ 4th (INC-4): early 2024, Canada

ㅇ 5th (INC-5): second half of 2024, Busan, Korea

□ Busan’s winning bid for the fifth session of the INC followed a fierce competition among several cities that proposed hosting the event. The contest was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the win carries great significance. In preparation, about 2,000-3,000 government delegates from 170 countries will visit Busan during the second half of next year.

ㅇOf particular interest, the city’s ongoing eco-recycling cluster construction project will also pick up speed in preparation for this marine environment-related international conference.

ㅇ The city is also expected to garner great results in the marine environment field in collaboration with some of Busan’s own world-class research institutes, including the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, the Korea Maritime Institute, and the National Fisheries Research & Development Institute.