Plastic pollution - a global crisis

Currently, more than 11 million metric tons of plastic are flowing into the ocean each year. Plastic waste has been found in all areas of the globe, from the deepest seas to the most remote mountains. It causes harm to wildlife and ecosystems, but also disrupts the livelihood of millions of people, as well as posing major risk to human health and the world economy.

Despite the exponential growth in voluntary initiatives and national regulations to tackle plastic pollution, there is no sign that leakage rates are slowing. In order to effectively deal with the plastic crisis, the world needs common rules and standards that address plastic throughout its entire lifecycle. 

In March 2022, UN Member States agreed on a mandate to negotiate a legally binding global instrument to end plastic pollution. This was a historic decision, and a major leap towards a plastic free ocean for all. Now, this framework will be negotiated throughout a series of meetings across the globe, and is expected to be in place by the end of 2024.

Towards a global plastic treaty
30. May - 1. June 2022
Open Ended Working Group takes place in Dakar, Senegal
02. March 2022
A historic moment! UN Member States adopts Resolution 5/14, titled “End Plastic Pollution: Towards an international legally binding instrument”
March 2022
More than 2.2 million individuals signs WWF's plastics petition. The petition is handed over to the UNEA president and Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Espen Barth Eide, during UNEA in Nairobi
December 2021
Over 700 civil society groups and NGOs from 113 countries signs a Civil Society Manifesto, urging UN Member States to negotiate a global legally binding agreement to adress the plastic crisis
September 2021
World's first Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution takes place in Geneve
01. June 2021
The Ocean Day Plastic Pollution Declaration is launched

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