Global Plastics Treaty: WE HAVE A MANDATE – OPLN Special Report

Source: The Ocean Plastics Leadership Network.

Yesterday, March 2nd, UNEA’s president brought the gavel down on a historic resolution at the fifth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-5.2). With a new mandate, UNEA now seeks to negotiate an international legally binding plastics agreement by 2024.

 UNEA reports that the landmark agreement will address the full lifecycle of plastic, “from source to sea.” Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program (UNEP), said the agreement is “the most important international multilateral environmental deal since the Paris climate accord.”

“But our work is far from over,” Andersen added. “World leaders must now show even more resolve in developing and implementing a treaty which addresses our current plastic pollution crisis and enables an effective transition to a circular economy for plastic.”

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Photo: The adoption of the resolution to begin negotiations on a global plastics treaty receives a standing ovation. Photo: UNEP

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