To kick off the week of negotiations, the Government of Canada and World Wildlife Fund for Nature invite you to join us for Partnerships Day Ottawa.

Event Details

Partnerships Day Ottawa

The high-level event will feature a full day of discussions centered around igniting momentum and collaboration through shared ambition, featuring remarks from UN leaders, governments, Indigenous Peoples, civil society, business leaders, and a variety of other partners, stakeholders and rights-holders.

Speakers will remind negotiators of their commitments to help end plastic pollution upon entering this process, and emphasize the urgency of the 2024 timeline. Remarks will elevate the chord of unity around our shared treaty ambitions—inspiring action-oriented, energetic, focused and substantive discussions that keep negotiators on track to finalizing the treaty by the end of 2024. 


9:00 - 10:00

Opening Session - Call for Ambition

A high-energy kick-off to invigorate attendees on the INC process to end plastic pollution and strike a chord of unity through shared treaty ambitions.

10:00 - 12:00

Key Priorities for an Effective Treaty

A diverse collection of voices representing governments, rights-holders, partners, stakeholders, and negotiators will share priority components and commitments needed for an ambitious and effective treaty.
12:00 - 12:15

Visual Art Activation

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 15:15

Afternoon Plenary - Towards Implementation

The closing session will focus on implementation of policies to eliminate plastic pollution globally. The session will highlight the importance of research and innovation, as well as shine a light on the role of the treaty in shaping global policy.
15:15 - 15:30

High-level Closing Remarks

15:30 - 16:30

INC-4 Host Country Reception

Partnerships Day Speakers

Minister Guilbeault
Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada
Government of Canada
PS Dabrusin
Julie Dabrusin (Canada)
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and to the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Canada
Government of Canada
Adil Najam, President WWF International
Dr. Adil Najam
Global President
World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF)
Dr. Geneviève Tanguay
Vice-Chief Science Advisor of Canada
Government of Canada
Megan Leslie
President & CEO
World Wildlife Fund for Nature - Canada
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Zaynab Sadan
Regional Plastics Policy Advisor
World Wildlife Fund for Nature - Africa
Alex Kubasu
Alex Kubasu
Programme Coordinator Plastic Smart Cities
World Wildlife Fund for Nature - Africa


From 23 to 29 April 2024, the fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution (INC-4), will take place in Ottawa.

INC-4 marks the penultimate opportunity for the global community to work towards finalizing an international, legally-binding treaty on plastic pollution—a once-in-a-generation moment for governments, communities, stakeholders and businesses to create a world free of plastic pollution. As we approach the treaty negotiation deadline, it is time for momentum, collaboration, and ambitious action to finalize a legally binding treaty.