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Plastic Pollution Treaty
November 13, 2023

The third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-3) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution opened in Nairobi, Kenya. This session marks the midpoint towards a global treaty, following two previous rounds of negotiations and with two more planned for 2024.

Kenyan President William Ruto emphasized the need for humanity to change consumption, production, and waste disposal habits to address plastic pollution. The Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inger Andersen, highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach that addresses the full life cycle of plastic, not just recycling or waste management.

The Chair of the INC, Gustavo Adolfo Meza-Cuadra Velasquez, expressed hope that by the end of the session, the Committee would agree on a mandate for a revised draft and possible intersessional work to prepare for the fourth and fifth sessions.

The INC-3 session was preceded by a preparatory meeting and regional consultations. Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, Executive Secretary of the INC, stressed the importance of collective work and consensus-building to fulfill their mandate. The new treaty is seen as a crucial step in the fight against plastic pollution.

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