Posted on 02 September 2021
WWF comments on the moment of unity at Global Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution as countries back a UN treaty on plastic pollution:
Eirik Lindebjerg, Global Plastic Policy Manager at WWF International said:
“Today a large majority of states, including 15 new countries, stepped up to turn the tide on plastic pollution endorsing a new UN treaty on plastic pollution, bringing the total number of supportive governments to 119. This could finally start to stem the flow of destruction that plastic pollution is having on the environment and people.
“The rapidly increasing support for a global agreement is a testament to the scale and impact of the plastic crisis - every year more than 11 million tons of plastic waste is believed to end up in the world’s oceans, having a devastating impact. The broad and growing support for the start of negotiations on a new treaty on marine plastic pollution is a beacon of hope for marine wildlife and coastal communities around the world.”
To address this crisis on a systemic level and reduce the cost that plastic imposes on society, WWF is calling on governments to start the negotiation of a legally binding global treaty on marine plastic pollution at the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly in February 2022.
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