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Can we expect any progress from the plastic pollution treaty project?

The second round of negotiations for the development of an international treaty aimed at ending plastic pollution opened yesterday in Paris. The treaty aims to address the global crisis, with nearly 350 million tons of plastic waste generated annually. Even worse, according to the estimates of the OECD, the amount of plastic waste produced is projected to triple by 2060, reaching one billion tons per year, with only 20% expected to be recycled.
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To try to tackle this issue, the United Nations established the first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee dedicated to eliminating plastic pollution. After the first round of negotiations in Uruguay in December 2022, the 175 stakeholders expressed their views on the treaty in a work plan. Based on this document, foreign delegations are currently gathered at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from May 29 to June 2 to draft a legally binding agreement that will be imposed on signatory countries.
Thousands of polymers and additives, which pose health risks due to their carcinogenic effects, could be subject to future prohibitions. Microplastics found in cosmetics and fertilizers are also in the negotiators' papers. In addition to addressing production at the source, measures are expected to be taken to improve waste management, including enhanced recycling as well as the development of biodegradable materials.
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What are the challenges ahead?
The United States and China, two major plastic-producing nations, are expected to push for a less binding agreement. The US will support a type of treaty similar to the Paris Agreement on climate, that gives significant leeway to states but is far from effective. China will attempt to limit the objectives of the future treaty, as the country is hesitant to discuss anything other than waste management, such as reducing production upstream.
So while the new treaty seeks to consider the entire life cycle of plastics and potentially ban single-use plastics by 2040, the differing priorities of countries pose obstacles to achieving a comprehensive and effective solution.
A glimmer of hope comes from the "High Ambition Coalition to End Plastic Pollution," an association of around fifty countries led by Rwanda and Norway, advocating for an ambitious agreement on the issue. It includes France, Germany, Japan, and the European Union.
The negotiations will continue until 2025 to reach a definitive text that addresses this urgent environmental issue.

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  • Daniel Waweru

    55 w

    Looking forward to a positive outcome, to a clean and sustainable way of getting rid of plastics

    • We Don't Have Time

      55 w

      Dear Sarah Chabane Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to United Nations and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

      • Evangeline Wanjiru

        55 w

        Definitely expecting more and more reduction in pollution

        • Ajema Lydiah

          55 w

          the project is very helpful in reducing plastic pollution

          • Tabitha Kimani

            55 w

            We remain hopeful that plastic pollution is coming to an end.

            • Kevin

              55 w

              Looking forward to a favorable outcome

              • Patrick Kiash

                55 w

                Let's hope the negotiations outcome will take us to the next step, The same negotiations will go on in November in Kenya, may the road map be fruitful.

                • Waigwa Monica

                  55 w

                  This agreement will potentially end the plastic menace but its worrying to have the US and China not fully on board. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

                  • Joyce Waturu

                    55 w

                    The world lies in wait for concrete, conscious and deliberate solutions that will tame the plastic pandemic once and for all and it'd be pretty exciting if these talks brings these hopes to being

                    • Peter Kamau

                      55 w

                      I anticipate a better outcome.

                      • Mc Kaka

                        55 w

                        We can end plastic If we have solid ways to eradicate it

                        • Joseph Githinji

                          55 w

                          With Rwanda and Norway as an example it's surely possible to end plastics pollutions. Congratulations to UN for putting their best foot forward towards fighting plastic pollution.

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