Negotiations for the UN Treaty on Plastic Pollution are underway in Paris. Governments, businesses, scientists and academics, NGO and youth activists and representatives from around the world participate in the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-2) to develop the Global treaty for plastics with the aim of ending global pollution. Every year 51 million tons of plastic they pour into nature, threatening the biodiversity of our planet. The 40% of the garbage produced in the world is burned, of which 12% consists of plastic.
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Plastic: the goal is to arrive at a legally binding treaty by 2024
This is the next phase of a process that began in February 2022, with the resumption of the fifth session of the United Nations Assembly for the Environment (UNEA-5.2), when a historical resolution to develop a legally binding international instrument on this widespread type of pollution, including in the marine environment.
The aim is to complete the negotiations by the end of 2024 and create a global, legally binding treaty: Countries have mandated the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) to convene and manage the INC process.
The options paper is the result of the compilation of the discussions of the INC-1 and the written contributions of the Member States before the INC-2 and presents the possible obligations and options for both countries with options for both sizes legally binding That voluntary which will affect its entire life cycle.
The treaty will have to present several alternative to address the entire life cycle of plastics and the design of recyclable and reusable products and materials, emphasizing the need for increased international collaboration to facilitate access to technology, capacity building, and scientific and technical cooperation.
“The way we produce, use and dispose of plastic pollutes ecosystems, creates risks to human health and destabilizes the climate,” said Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP. The new UNEP report (which proposes a real roadmap to reach the80% less plastic in 2040) charts a roadmap to dramatically reduce these risks through adopting a circular approach that keeps plastics away from ecosystems, our bodies, and the economy.” If we follow this roadmap, including in the negotiations on the plastic pollution agreement, we can achieve important economic, social and environmental results.”