The COVID-19 crisis has focused a growing amount of attention on the close interrelationship between human, animal and environmental health. Efforts to capture this interrelationship in policy and practice are often summarised under the heading of “one health.” An area where this one health approach could be particularly useful is strengthening regulations to deal with microplastics in the world’s oceans. Aside from being an emerging pollutant in the marine environment, microplastics can have severe health impacts on humans, animals and the natural environment, which are all interrelated.
Whilst more evidence is certainly needed, we are currently faced with the pressing issue of how microplastic pollution is assessed, managed, and monitored. In short, how can policymakers use the one health approach to move from growing advocacy for regulating ocean microplastics to taking tangible actions that merit careful consideration?
This side event, jointly organised by Japan and France, featured a multidisciplinary panel discussion to bridge the gap between advocacy and action. In particular, experts from academia, business, and international organisations discussed the current challenges, including the impacts of microplastics on marine ecosystems and humans, as well as measures to overcome them.
Moderator: Mr. Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Opening sessionBangkok Time 17:15 / Japan Time 19:15
|Opening remarks||Mr. Kazuya Nashida, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kingdom of Thailand|
|Mr. Rémi Lambert, Deputy Head of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to UN-ESCAP|
Panel DiscussionBangkok Time 17:25 / Japan Time 19:25
|Dr. Claire Lajaunie, French National Institute of Health and Medical Research based at the Population Environment Development Laboratory||PDF (2.2MB)|
|Dr. Shardul Agrawala, Head of Environment and Economy Integration Division, OECD Environment Directorate||PDF (1.6MB)|
|Ms. Megu Tsuchimura, Consultant, Pirika, Inc.||PDF (1.9MB)|
|Dr. Pierre-Jean Bordahandy, Associate Professor, The School of Law and Social Sciences, The University of the South Pacific in Vanuatu||PDF (509KB)|
ConclusionBangkok Time 18:20 / Japan Time 20:20
|Prof. Thammarat Koottatep, Department of Energy, Environment, and Climate, School of Environment, Resources and Development Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand||PDF (1.7MB)|
Closing sessionBangkok Time 18:25-18:30 / Japan Time 20:25-20:30
|Mr. Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)|