Nairobi, Kenya- on 10th November- A delegation led by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment Climate Change Disaster Management and Meteorology, Dr. Melchior Mataki, with representatives from the Environment and Conservation Division, Attorney General’s Office and a technical advisor from Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) represented Solomon Islands at the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) Preparatory Meetings ahead of the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC3) meeting towards an International Legally Binding Treaty on Plastic Pollution, Nairobi, Kenya.
The PSIDS preparatory meeting took place on the 8th of November and AOSIS preparatory meetings took place on the 9-10 November 2023 at the United Nations Offices Nairobi (UNON). Solomon Islands is a longstanding member of the PSIDS and AOSIS and thus our contribution to these preparatory meetings is important.
The objectives of the preparatory meetings are to prepare the PSIDS and AOSIS positions ahead of the Third Session of the intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC3) meeting including to consider the Zero Draft of the International Legally Binding Instrument on plastic pollution, ahead of INC3 from 13-19th of November.
Permanent Secretary Dr Melchior Mataki reaffirmed the Solomon Island’s commitment to working closely with its Pacific neighbors and fellow Small Island States to address the shared challenges of dealing with plastic pollution. PS Mataki emphasized that Solomon Islands is presently facing challenges managing plastic wastes and this new global treaty must support national level actions to deal with plastic wastes. Furthermore, major plastic producing countries must take the lead in financing the new treaty once it is in place.
The Solomon Islands’ delegation participation is supported by UNEP and SPREP.