Plastics Treaty talks close with insufficient progress

Environmental Policies, Food, Plastic pollution

Plastics Treaty talks closes with insufficient progress Friends of the Earth International reports. The fourth session of negotiations towards a Global Plastics Treaty closed early on 30 April with disappointment and determination for the fight against plastics.

Whilst there was progress on substantial negotiations in Ottawa, countries are leaving with a treaty text that is not yet ready for final negotiations later in the year

Low ambition countries backed by corporate power successfully delayed progress on what is hoped to be an ambitious Treaty that would cut plastics at the source by reducing production.

Civil society groups like Friends of the Earth International are now looking to the intersessional work ahead of negotiations in South Korea in November 2024, to make headway towards a Treaty that addresses the issue of corporate influence in decision-making, brings an end to the global waste trade and reduces production.

Sam Cossar-Gilbert from Friends of the Earth International, said:

“While we saw a slow and improved progress in the Treaty negotiations process, not enough agreement was made on key issues of reducing plastic production, securing a funding mechanism for the Global South, reducing corporate influence or stopping the toxic waste trade.  We must redouble our efforts to ensure a strong treaty to end plastic pollution.”

Read more about the April session here.

Meanwhile ACE is working with Settle Plastic Free group on lots of actions to combat plastic pollution locally. Read more about what’s happening on our Food Group page here.