World Leaders Agree to Develop ‘Historic’ Global Plastic Pollution Treaty

Nearly 200 countries agreed at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) to develop a legally binding treaty by 2024 to address plastic pollution.

Heads of state, environment ministers, and other representatives from 175 countries endorsed a historic resolution titled, “End Plastic Pollution: Towards an internationally legally binding instrument” on March 2.

The resolution calls for a treaty addressing the “full lifecycle” of plastic, including its production, design, and disposal.

The resolution also establishes an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee, which is expected to draft and present the global legally binding agreement.

UNEA President and Norwegian Environment Minister Espen Barth Eide said that the resolution brings the world “officially on track for a cure.”

“Today marks a triumph by planet earth over single-use plastics. This is the most significant environmental multilateral deal since the Paris accord. It is an insurance policy for this generation and future ones, so they may live with plastic and not be doomed by it,” United Nations Environment Program Executive Director Inger Andersen said.

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