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A global study surveying over 23 000 people from across 34 countries show that on average 70 percent support global rules and regulations to tackle plastic pollution.

They survey also found that:

  •  nearly 9 in 10 people globally think a plastic pollution treaty is important or essential
  •  7 out of 10 people worldwide think the treaty should create global rules, and half of all people surveyed say there should be consequences for breaking those rules
  • support for specific rules is even higher, with nearly 8 in 10 people supporting rules for extended producer responsibility, bans on difficult-to-recycle plastics, and labelling requirements.

The survey’s findings support a growing number of UN states that are pushing for the world’s first ever plastic pollution treaty to include global rules and regulations for the production, design and disposal of plastic rather than a patchwork of national or voluntary standards.

WWF’s latest report “Towards a treaty to end plastic pollution: Global rules to solve a global problem” also shows that the new plastic pollution treaty must include common global rules to address problems across the life cycle of plastic. Otherwise, it would risk perpetuating the plastic pollution crisis.

In March 2022, the governments of 175 countries agreed to start work on a global treaty on plastic pollution, covering the full plastic lifecycle, from extraction of oil and gas and plastic production, through to design, use, and management of plastic waste.

Next week, UN Member States will come together in Punta del Este, Uruguay for the first Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee meeting. This marks the start of the two year period where the text for the new global plastic treaty will be negotiated and finalised. 

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