Plastic pollution: update on UN negotiations
The second session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) took place in Paris on 3 June. The goal is to develop a legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, which includes the marine environment.
As reported in an earlier edition of COMPASS (see article here), the EU supports the ambitions of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for a global treaty. The treaty aims at reducing overall plastic consumption, for example by redesigning products to prepare them for reuse and increased recyclability.
The event in Paris was attended by 1,700 participants, including 700 Member State delegates from 169 countries and over 900 observers from NGOs.
Concluding the session, the Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC), Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez was tasked with developing a draft ahead of the next meeting in Nairobi, Kenya in November.
The mandate for the INC is based on UNEP Resolution 5/14 which requested the development of an instrument on plastic pollution, which includes both binding and voluntary approaches. The process is expected to be finalised by the end of 2024.