Global Treaty on Plastic Pollution Gains Momentum

Last week, the UN held the final Expert Group meeting on marine litter and microplastics, one of the last formal steps before United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) discusses creation of an international negotiating committee.

Support is growing internationally for the global treaty on plastic pollution, even though the US and the UK have failed to signal their participation. Learn more about the meeting in the new issue of .

UNEA and parties to several global environmental instruments have taken an interest in plastic pollution, recognizing it as a serious and rapidly growing issue of global concern which requires an urgent and global response.

In 2017, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) formed an Ad-Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group (AHEG) of member states, industry representatives, and other stakeholder experts to analyze information and report options for combating marine plastic litter and microplastics.

Updates have previously been reported from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd meetings, and the AHEG met for the 4th time on 9 - 13 November 2020, in a virtual environment.

Members of the #breakfreefromplastic movement, including Plastic Pollution Coalition, and broader stakeholder groups have been active throughout these meetings to prioritize the urgency of the global plastic crisis and the harms exacted across the full supply chain and life cycle of plastics.

The more than 1,800 worldwide member organizations of #breakfreefromplastic have endorsed the pursuit of a new legally binding global governance structure for plastics, based on a four-pillar strategy.