It is increasingly clear that to prevent plastic pollution will require a dedicated global framework, a Convention on Plastic Pollution, that addresses the full lifecycle of plastics from production and design to waste prevention and management. We need a Convention on Plastic Pollution that builds upon and complements existing national and regional initiatives while otherwise addressing the significant gaps that exist that currently prevent us from eliminating plastic pollution and creating a safe circular economy for plastics.
We have developed what we call a ‘Thought Starter’ on the elements and design of a Convention to start the policy debate. The issue of whether to initiate formal negotiations will be on the table at UNEA-5. You can read our Thought Starter and watch an online presentation to the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Expert Group on Marine Litter and Microplastics.
We are not alone in our call for a Convention on Plastic Pollution. Countries from around the world are joining in with several high-level ministerial declarations, including from the Nordic, Caribbean and African regions. Over the coming year, we will continue to make the case for global action, engaging countries from around the world to identify their needs and priorities and encourage their leadership and support.
Still have questions? In our FAQ you can find our position on the most commonly asked questions about our international plastics work.