Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI) successfully participated at the 2015 Triple COPs that took place in Geneva in May, for the biannual meeting of the three conventions (Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm) that define all issues related to hazardous chemical substances.
PCAI participated at the Triple COPs after receiving a formal invitation by the United Nations, a movement that constitutes significant recognition for Polyeco’s newly found initiative from the most prominent intergovernmental organization.
As per the invitation Polyeco’s PCAI joined the Science Fair, presenting best practices along with recognized institutions and organisations. During the Science Fair Polyeco participated in the thematic area of “Science Providing Sustainable Waste Management Solutions: Turning Waste to Resource”, next to the Federal environment agency of Germany, the University of Geneva, UNEP and others, where the Company’s representatives had the opportunity to present the aims and work process of PCAI.
Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative primarily aims at raising environmental awareness through a unique art program inspired by the crucial issue of waste management. The driving force behind the company’s art initiative and alignment with the visual arts, is its vice president Athanasios Polychronopoulos and his genuine belief that art is the best tool to spark a substantial dialogue about waste management.Through PCAI, Polyeco provides mid-career and emerging artists with the means and the resources to create an artwork, inspired by the waste management process.
For the creation of their artworks, the artists often travel to countries that the company is active (residency) and with the expressive means they use, they communicate in their own, unique manner,issues related to environmental pollution and the relieving effect of restoration and clean-up.More specifically, the commissioned artists draw inspiration from the waste management sites and facilities, the countries, the workforce and the people involved in the waste management process. Furthermore the artists explore where the waste comes from, how they travel, which are the external factors and the taboos that affect our perception of waste and which are our reactions to the view of useless and discarded objects.Thus, through its Arts Initiative, Polyeco interacts with local communities and poses issues that concern the environmental policy in local, regional and national level.
During the Science Fair in Geneva, Polyeco presented the video art work Kepler by Artist George Drivas, a work produced in Tbilisi, Georgia during the implementation of GEF Funded, UNDP Georgia and Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Project “Disposal of POPs Pesticides and Initial Steps for Containment of Dumped POPs Pesticides”.
2015 Triple COPs
During the discussions that lasted from the 4thto the 15th of May 2015, 1200 delegates from 171 countries discussed the future of hazardous substances on the basis of three conventions, that of Rotterdam that regulates the transport of hazardous chemicals, Basel, governing the management of hazardous waste and Stockholm aimed at reducing pollution by Persistent Organic Pollutants. Within the framework of the Summit, a total of 50 decisions were adopted by the Member States of the United Nations.Ιn the consultations the addition of new substances to the existing list of pollutants that are dangerous to the human health and the environment was discussed, as well as other issues such as that of asbestos which is already banned in many countries, while in others its use is promoted .