Virtual Press Conference

May 28 12:30-13:30 (GMT+7)


Millions of tons of plastic waste flow from the Mekong and Ganges rivers into the ocean every year. Until now, we have not had a good sense of how exactly that waste was entering into the waterways. UN Environment Programme’s CounterMEASURE project has been working in 9 cities along the two rivers to study the origins of riverine plastic pollution, and what measures can help tackle the problem. Project leaders will present findings on the sources of plastic pollution, which vary from city to city, and the novel technological approach UNEP and partners developed to track it. A representative of the Government of Japan, which has funded CounterMEASURE, will be available to speak to Japan’s support.


This press conference will be conducted in both English and Japanese. Questions can be posted in both languages.

Session programme


MC (Adam) introduces panel, describes the process for participation, and where to find background information



CounterMEASURE video



Kakuko Nagatani-Yoshida gives a short presentation describing the methodology and the key findings  



Yoshinori Suga gives a short statement on Japan’s support and involvement



Atul Bagai gives a short statement on India work  



Q&A with journalists


Post: Responses to questions in Japanese, as required


Click photo to see the bio


Kakuko-Nagatani Yoshida

Regional Coordinator for Chemicals, Waste and Air quality, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office


Yoshinori Suga

First Secretary, Alternate Permanent Representative of Japan to ESCAP


Atul Bagai

Head of Country Office, UNEP India

Adam H.JPG

Adam Hodge

Regional Information Officer, UNEP Asia and the Pacific office

Registration (Open Webex page)

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Press Release: Japan, UNEP deepen cooperation on plastic pollution and post-conflict recovery

[UNEP, May 25th 2020]


Live Session Record