Plastic Waste – UN Treaty Developments

According to a November 16, 2020 Guardian story  “… A UN working group on marine litter and microplastics met at a virtual conference last week to discuss … [a] treaty [that] would be akin to the Paris climate agreement or the Montreal protocol to prevent ozone depletion … The UN environment assembly, which set up the ad hoc working group (AHEG) on marine plastics in 2017, concluded that the existing international legal framework governing plastic pollution … is fragmented and ineffective.

The flow of plastic into the ocean is expected to triple by 2040 if current trends continue … Political momentum for a global agreement to address the full lifecycle of plastic has been growing … Several delegations voiced support of a new global agreement, although there was no consensus on whether it would only address marine plastic litter or go further to tackle plastics pollution as a whole and if it would be legally binding
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