UNEA 5.2: Major Step Toward A Comprehensive Plastics Treaty

Nairobi, KEN — The conclusion of UNEA 5.2 saw the adoption of a landmark mandate calling for the development of a global treaty on plastics. “End plastic pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument” is a comprehensive, ambitious mandate that lays the groundwork to negotiate a comprehensive treaty. According to the mandate, the treaty will… Continue reading UNEA 5.2: Major Step Toward A Comprehensive Plastics Treaty

Toward a New Instrument Addressing the Full Life Cycle of Plastics Overview of the Typology of International Legal Instruments

Over the last decade, there has been a swell of voluntary initiatives and regulations designed to address the plastics crisis. More recently, the subject of an intergovernmental, legal instrument designed to address pollution from plastic has emerged in various international fora. Between 2017 and 2020, parties, regional groups, and stakeholders submitted 10 formal propositions concerning… Continue reading Toward a New Instrument Addressing the Full Life Cycle of Plastics Overview of the Typology of International Legal Instruments

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Leading Groups from Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions and Members of Governments Speak on the Need for a Global Treaty on Plastics

Panels to Discuss the Urgent Need to Establish a New Legally Binding International Instrument to Address the Plastic Crisis.  On Wednesday, December 14th, 2021, members of governments, representative organizations, and groups from civil society, Indigenous People, workers, and trade unions will launch a call to action for United Nations Member States to agree to establish a legally binding… Continue reading Leading Groups from Civil Society, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions and Members of Governments Speak on the Need for a Global Treaty on Plastics

Comparison Table on the Potential Resolutions on Plastic Pollution to be Adopted at UNEA 5.2

In the lead-up to UNEA 5.2, the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) compared the two draft resolutions on marine litter and plastic pollution currently tabled for discussion at the Committee on Permanent Representatives sessions in December 2021. This document provides a comparison of the Japan resolution and the… Continue reading Comparison Table on the Potential Resolutions on Plastic Pollution to be Adopted at UNEA 5.2

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Convention on Plastic Pollution: Toward a New Global Agreement to Address Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest human-made threats our planet faces. Of the approximately 275 million metric tons of plastic waste produced annually, up to 12 million tons leak into oceans, wreaking havoc on livelihoods and ecosystems. The result is an estimated $13 billion in annual environmental damage to marine ecosystems, in addition to… Continue reading Convention on Plastic Pollution: Toward a New Global Agreement to Address Plastic Pollution

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