Over 1,000 organizations have taken significant steps towards a circular economy for plastic through voluntary agreements like the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and UNEP’s Global Commitment.

However, voluntary agreements alone are insufficient, and policymakers need to create the right conditions and incentivize progress. Negotiations for a UN treaty to end plastic pollution began in November 2022, aiming to harmonize policy efforts, enhance investment planning, stimulate innovation, and coordinate infrastructure development. The second International Negotiation Committee (INC-2) will play a crucial role in setting the agenda for the treaty, which will address global rules and obligations and prioritize reuse as a solution.

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Negotiations for a UN treaty to end plastic pollution

Formal negotiations for a UN treaty to end plastic pollution started in November 2022, with the first meeting of the International Negotiation Committee, also known as INC-1, commencing in Punta del Este, Uruguay. 

Negotiations will now continue at the second International Negotiation Committee (INC-2) in Paris, France, from 29th May – 2nd June. 

INC-2 marks a crucial stage in the negotiations as it will set the agenda for what will likely be included in the draft of the treaty. 

Ahead of INC-2, the INC Secretariat created a document outlining potential elements towards an international legally binding instrument.

This document is based on a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastics, and considers both legally binding and voluntary measures. It is informed by The submissions by UN member countries outlining their positions on the treaty.

Initial considerations for global rules in the UN treaty to end plastic pollution

To support the development of an ambitious and effective UN treaty, this submission by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to the INC Secretariat aims to: 

  • showcase the need for concrete objectives, global rules and obligations in the treaty
  • and provide initial options and considerations on the nature of these rules and obligations.

Article by Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read the full and original article at EllenMacArthurFoundation.org.