Round up of news from around the South East Asia region, focussing on the initiatives from governments, private sector, civil society towards cleaner seas, less plastic wasted and a more circular economy.

2020 Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct

18 May 2020

18 May 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: The COVID-19 crisis has dramatically disrupted business and exposed major vulnerabilities in the economy and global supply chains. This OECD event ​will gather thought leaders from government and


COVID-19 pandemic may give Asia-Pacific’s oceans a chance to recover, highlights new UN report

13 May 2020

13 May 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: The well-being of oceans in the Asia-Pacific region are edging closer to a tipping point due to the unprecedented pace of marine pollution, overfishing and climate change in recent years. However, a


Virtual Regional Launch Of Changing Sails: Accelerating Regional Actions For Sustainable Oceans In Asia And The Pacific

12 May 2020

12 May 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: A new regional report on sustainable oceans in Asia and the Pacific is launching this week. The SEA circular project contributed to this significant publication. Join a virtual launch session on You


Earth Day 2020: Welcome to Earth School

22 April 2020

22 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Today, on Earth Day 2020, over 1.5 billion children aren’t able to go to school. During this moment of schooling at home, many parents are looking for top quality educational resources to help t


Plastic use rising in SEA due to COVID-19

13 April 2020

13 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Single-use plastic bags are making a comeback as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. After their use was restricted at the start of the year, plastic bags can once again be seen littering the st


SEA circular’s message to you during COVID-19

9 April 2020

9 April 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: During this ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and response situation, we wish to extend our best wishes to you, your colleagues and family in the hopes you are all safe at this difficult time. UNEP has, al


Supermarkets in Ho Chi Minh City to be free of plastic bags by the end of this year

3 April 2020

3 April 2020, HCMC, Viet Nam: All supermarkets, trade centres, convenience stories, and bookstores in Ho Chi Minh City are striving to replace plastic bags with environmentally friendly options by the end of this year. This move i


#CleanSeas #StayHome challenge

2 April 2020

4 May 2020: Children worldwide are out of school and learning from home, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. It can be difficult to occupy your children with exciting activities for hours on end, especially when you may also


BYO schemes under threat in South-East Asia due to coronavirus

25 March 2020

25 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: Bring your own (BYO) container schemes are being suspended across the region due to concerns about cross-contamination from reusable containers.  In a new report, Eco-Business highlights some foo


Waste management an essential public service in the fight to beat COVID-19

24 March 2020

Geneva, 24 March 2020: With the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continuing to spread and its impacts upon human health and the economy intensifying day-by-day, governments are urged to treat waste management, including of


SEA circular advances coordination on marine litter and plastic circular economy initiatives in South-East Asia

9 March 2020

9 March 2020, Bangkok, Thailand: SEA circular is working to advance coordination on regional marine litter and plastic circular economy initiatives. The need for ambitious actions to combat marine litter in the South-East Asia and


Advancing women’s rights and tackling marine plastic pollution in South-East Asia

8 March 2020

This International Women’s Day, SEA circular is focusing on how plastic pollution and the resulting degradation of marine and coastal ecosystems, threaten women’s rights.


SEA circular supports hotels in Thailand to reduce plastic waste

6 March 2020

6 March 2020: SEA circular is launching an initiative to support the hotel industry and the hospitality sector in Thailand to reduce plastic waste. Tourism, and the related hospitality sector, is a major contributor to plastic was


SEA circular launches initiative for businesses and local governments in Malaysia to reduce plastic footprint

1 March 2020

SEA circular is working with businesses, city councils and municipalities in Malaysia, to reduce their plastic footprint.


New WWF report on plastic packaging focuses on EPR solutions

17 February 2020

17 February 2020, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has released a report detailing the volume of plastic packaging placed on the market by packaging type and application. The new report, ‘Plastic


Ocean Innovation Challenge

10 February 2020

UNDP has launched a new call to action— Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) to accelerate progress on SDG 14 targets. The OIC seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable. The Challenge grants range from US$5


Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge

6 January 2020

The UN Environment Programme has launched the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge, a startup competition for startups enabling sustainable everyday living in Asia and the Pacific. Applications are open until January 23,

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